From the Garden...Harvard Beets

Harvard beets are a delicious way to use your home canned or purchased beets.  I cut my whole beets into Julienne strips because I was too lazy to dice them!  This recipe works perfectly, and everyone liked them.  You can pay a lot extra to buy purchased Harvard beets, but why would you?   "PracticalProduce", one of my favorite cook books, had this good, old-fashioned recipe which I cut down to use a pint of beets.                
                             Harvard Beets
  2        cups Cooked or Canned Beets -- diced or sliced  (pint jar or 15 ½ oz can)
  2        tablespoons  Cornstarch -- or cook-type clear jel
     ¼     cup  Sugar
     ½     teaspoon  Salt
  1         cup  Beet Liquid -- or water as needed to make amount
  1/4     cup Vinegar
  1         tablespoon  Butter
Mix cornstarch, sugar and salt.  Blend in beet liquid, vinegar and butter.  Cook over moderate heat, stirring constantly, until thickened.
Add beets to sauce, let stand 10 minutes to blend flavors.  Heat to serving temperature.

4 -6 Servings


  1. So happy to find your post! I used to love Harvard beets but they now seem too sweet to me...if I make them myself I can control the sweetness! Will be trying this soon Thanks :)

    1. Hope you like them, my husband likes this recipe the best of those I have tried.

  2. LOVE this recipe! I just cook my beets and eat them. This sounds so delish! I also love that you made this recipe small. I just happen to have some beets waiting for my inspiration, will make these today! Thanks!

    1. Glad you're going to try them...they are good.


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