Beet Slaw For The Pickling Pioneers

We're happy to have our friends from Sprout It here today talking beets. Beets, when juiced or eaten whole, make a wonderful supplement for active plant-based athletes. Here's a wonderful recipe for pickling these hearty veggies and using as a condiment. Try it...why not? 

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Spicy Pickled Beet Slaw 
This sweet and sour, super crunchy slaw is great on salads or, for an exotic twist, use it as a garnish on tacos. All beets, from deep red Bull's Blood to super sweet golden varieties, work well. Enjoy!

Ingredients:
3-5 medium-sized beets cut into matchsticks
1 cup apple cider vinegar
1 cup water
2-3 heaping tablespoons good honey
4-8 peppercorns
Zest of 1 lemon (just use a vegetable peeler to get larger pieces of zest) 
Juice of half lemon 
1-3 serrano peppers, quartered (removing seeds and veins will reduce the spiciness)

Directions:
Peel and chop beets into thin matchsticks. Place in a jar with fitted lid, leaving a few inches between the beets and top. On medium-high heat, bring Apple cider vinegar, water, honey, peppercorns, lemon zest, juice and peppers to a boil for 2 minutes. Pour hot mixture in jar with beets. Allow to cool completely, seal with lid and refrigerate. Wait 24-48 hours to eat. This quick pickle recipe will keep for 7 days in the fridge. Variation: For slightly softer, sweeter beets, blanch matchsticks for no more than 2 minutes before adding to jar. 

 

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