Pickled Beets

Course : Pickles
Serves: 32
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4 pounds fresh beets sliced
1 pound onions -- thinly sliced
3 cups cider vinegar
3 cups sugar
1/2 teaspoon turmeric
1/2 teaspoon whole cloves
1 teaspoon celery seed
1/2 teaspoon yellow mustard seed
1 piece bay leaf -- crumbled

Preparation / Directions:

Boil beets in water just to cover until a fork can barely pierce them. Mix vinegar, sugar, and spices in large kettle. Bring to a boil, add beets and onions, and simmer for 4-5 minutes. Pack beets and onions in hot, sterilized jars. Pour vinegar mixture over beets to within half inch of rim. Seal and process for 15 minutes in boiling water bath.

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