IMAG1070Pickled beets are a different dish than probiotic fermented beets, such as kvass. 

Pickled beets uses apple cider vinegar which is still highly beneficial. Apple cider vinegar, with the mother, replicates hydrochloric acid in the stomach. GAPS folks generally have low stomach acid and need a regular dose of HCl stimulation. 

Harvesting beets fresh from the garden happens here twice year, so pickled beets happens at the same time.

Peel beets and slice roughly 1/4 inch thick.

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IMAG1065This picture count, minus 4 of the big beets (because Mama wanted some french fried!), were used in this recipe. It’s difficult to give an exact ratio of beets as we just use what is harvested and adjust the apple cider vinegar and honey to taste. We generally fill a 3-quart saucepan three quarters of the way full.

Toss cut up beets into the 3-quart saucepan and cover with filtered water. Bring to a boil and cook until soft. This process only takes a few minutes. 

Drain the pot until there’s roughly a half cup of water remaining. This will be less than it looks. Add a half cup of local honey and one cup apple cider vinegar. Stir until combined.



Pickled Beets - GAPS Approved
A zippy side dish that everyone loves.
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  1. Beets
  2. 1/2 cup local honey
  3. 1 cup apple cider vinegar
  1. Peel and slice enough beets to fill a 3-quart saucepan 3/4 of the way full. Bring to a boil, cook for a few minutes until soft. Drain water until 1/2 cup remains - this is less than it looks. Add one cup apple cider vinegar and one cup local honey. Stir. Serve. Some like this cold, others like it warm.
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