Dan and I finally got around to pickling those beets last night. It was A LOT of work for seemingly little return, but (I think) we're glad that we did it. The sink shot is only half the story, as we were already moving on peeling and slicing them at this point. These were fresh out of the boiling pot (it was really difficult to stop eating the slices as we went...):
The finished products. Beets are SO beautiful. I saved a huge jug of the cooking liquid for dying some beet yarn. (Can you do that? How? Yarn Lovers, please advise!)
We would have had a full batch of seven pints had this one not cracked and dropped out its bottom during the water-bath processing. I knew something was wrong when I saw beets floating in the water when I lifted the lid. (Canners, has this ever happened to you? What went wrong?)
So, six more jars to add to the cellar shelf, two very tired people and 4 beet-stained hands. We were up until 1:00 a.m. finishing these last night and both had go-go-go Thursdays. Wait for it...
...we are beet.