Harvard Beets

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"Do NOT use pickled beets! Just like Mom used to make, and we always had these at room temperature. Be sure to use white vinegar, so as not to affect the color. These are slightly sweet, so add sugar to your taste. This is how our family liked them. Sweet & tangy!"

Original is 6 servings


  • Serving Size: 1 (182.8 g)
  • Calories 187.6
  • Total Fat - 6 g
  • Saturated Fat - 3.7 g
  • Cholesterol - 15.3 mg
  • Sodium - 212.2 mg
  • Total Carbohydrate - 32.6 g
  • Dietary Fiber - 3 g
  • Sugars - 27.9 g
  • Protein - 2.5 g
  • Calcium - 28.3 mg
  • Iron - 1.2 mg
  • Vitamin C - 5.7 mg
  • Thiamin - 0 mg

Step by Step Method

Step 1

Drain the canned beets, but reserve 1/3 cup of the liquid. In a small prep bowl, stir the cornstarch into the reserved beet liquid until there are no lumps.

Step 2

In a saucepan, combine the beet liquid/cornstarch, sugar, and vinegar. Bring to a boil and cook for 5 minutes.

Step 3

Add the drained beets to the saucepan and simmer for 15 minutes. Stir in the butter, salt and pepper.

Step 4

Serve warm or refrigerated.


No special items needed.

5 Reviews


My great grandma used to make these but with fresh beets. She just called them sugar beets. Great recipe and really easy to make. Thanks for sharing!


review by:
(14 Feb 2023)

Chef Potpie

We are crazy about these beets! I halved the recipe using just one can and we ate most of them before dinner. Just kept going by and picking them out one at a time. They are delicious! I will definitely be hanging on to this recipe. If you're a beet lover you'll like these sweet, tangy morsels! Thanks, Lori! Made for Best of 2021.


review by:
(15 Mar 2022)


What NWG said! I only had one can of beets, but made all the sauce anyway b/c I thought it would be better to have too much sauce rather than have such a small amount that it burnt or evaporated. And was pretty much ate all the sauce anyway - yum yum!


review by:
(27 Feb 2022)


My husband and I both love beets, so I was sure we'd like this recipe. And I was right. It's quite good, and it's so easy to prepare, too. Thank you for another great recipe, JostLori.


review by:
(8 Feb 2022)

dienia b

Very nice recipe


review by:
(21 Jun 2021)

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