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Best ways of preserving beetroot

Posted: 31/07/2014 at 19:30
philippa smith2 wrote (see)

David.........when you say "Lime Jelly" do you make your own or do you mean those little rubbery squares ? ( which I recall eating raw as a child  ).

I love Beetroot either fresh or pickled but never tried it with Lime........at first, it sounded a bit odd but I'm warming to the idea now.

Forester......."hissing sid".........I have used in the past but after several occasions of not keeping an eye on the wretched thing and the kitchen becoming like a Turkish Bath, I gave up .  I also recall my mother cooking everything to death with the HS and then being forced to "eat your greens, dear".....so that is probably another reason why I am not too keen

 

Phillipa -  well yes, just boil & skin the beetroot as normal, then cut into small cubes when it's cold. The completed thing is used as a relish on the side of your plate, with say a salad or similar.

dianthus

Posted: 31/07/2014 at 08:57

This is common with dianthus, it probably has done its thing for now. I would just remove the rest of the flower buds and let it concentrate its efforts into developing a stronger plant.

You may get the odd flower but it won't flower again properly until next year.

Best ways of preserving beetroot

Posted: 30/07/2014 at 21:01

Donning me chef's hat....I sometimes make beetroot & lime jelly:

*Boil the beetroot in the normal way, then cut into small squares and place into jar/jars.

*Make up a 1pt lime jelly, instead of using a pint of boiling water, use 1/2pt of boiling water and 1/2pt of (cold) white vinegar - then pour this over the beetroot and allow to set.

Get if off your chest.

Posted: 30/07/2014 at 20:17
KEF wrote (see)

OL you are a kind person, me not quite so I smelled a rat a few months ago

DavidK new avatar  Great to see you, but please don't sing like Cliff

 

.....just a snippit of 65 then!

Get if off your chest.

Posted: 30/07/2014 at 20:10
Fairygirl wrote (see)

I'm a bit concerned about what you're looking at David.....

 

Oh...think it was one of Brumbull's Palladium performances.....twas the pooter screen anyway.  

Get if off your chest.

Posted: 30/07/2014 at 19:56

Hugs, OL? Don't beat yourself up.

Dare I say.

Posted: 30/07/2014 at 10:26

Dove - your talent is wasted here....you're needed in the M-East. Oh, &  do call in on the Ukraine on the way home and sort them out.  xx

Dare I say.

Posted: 30/07/2014 at 10:04

Oh, Mike, you may be offended by Lyn's post.....truth is, every word of it is true and accepted in the right spirit it will be helpful to you. 

I (like Lyn said) received my early gardening education from my dad & granddad and hopefully have passed some of it to my own children, who are both excellent gardeners.

Me, I have absolutely no gardening qualification, but I venture to say that there isn't much you  could teach me......and I've had more motorbikes!  

So, a little less me, me?

Runner Beans

Posted: 30/07/2014 at 08:44

No prob, Howard. It's been a bone of contention with me for a long time that the garden centres cajole gardeners into buying plants far too early in the season.....of course they're more than happy to sell replacements when the originals have failed.

Runner beans....sowing the seed in the open around the middle of May is about right for most parts of the UK.

As it happens, my own runner beans sown on May 12th failed to germinate. The second sowing, at the end of May have now reached the top of their poles, flowering freely and setting the first beans.

You like my cold frame?

Posted: 30/07/2014 at 07:55

Excellent job, Perki....far more robust and well made than most on the market.

Well done!

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