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Making Borscht- Recipe

Updated on October 20, 2011


I am an advocate for shopping for food both from local sources selling local products and for purchasing food whe it is in season. For example, you buy apples in season; I also like a good deal and find that when the seasonal produce begins to hit the market the prices are pretty good.

I was walking by the local grocer the other day, even when I am not shopping, I like to take a peek at what’s outside the store which is were the deals or the seasonal produce usually is. I spotted a 10 pound bag of beets for sale at a good price and beets, especially pickled are one of our favourite foods so I bought a bag.

I will be pickling them over the next few days and will produce a hub detailing that experience.

This one is about making borscht, which I have not done in some time but hey with a big bag of beets, there are only two of us to feed, it was time.

I had a number of errands to run, well, actually walk, today so decided to make the borscht in the slow cooker.

I had a borscht recipe but wanted to take a look at one that used a slow cooker, making sure to get the cooking time and quantities straight.

So I took a trip to the local public library which is a 45 second walk from our house. The book I checked out is Donna-Marie Pye’s 300 Slow Cooker Recipes. If you use a slow cooker check this book out.

The recipe that I used is on page 71 but I did modify it to suit my own tastes and the following recipe is with my modifications.


1 slow cooker

1 measuring cup

1 stir spoon


5 beets, tops removed

½ cup shredded cabbage

1 cup diced turnip

1 carrot sliced

4 cups vegetable stock

1 tsp paprika

1 tbsp red wine vinegar

1 tsp celery seed

Sea salt and black pepper to taste.


1- wash beets

2- peel beets

3- dice beets

4- shred cabbage

5- dice turnips

6- put beets, cabbage, turnip, carrot stock and paprika into slow cooker

7- Cover and cook on low for 8 to 10 hours or on high for 4 to 6 hours, vegetables must be tender

8- Add vinegar, celery seed, sea salt and black pepper,

9- Cover and let sit for five minutes.

10- Serve and enjoy

If you wish you can add a dollop of sour cream.

By the way this smells delicious while cooking, I went out to complete my various errands and when I came back home the house was filled with a delightful aroma that had my mouth watering.

The beets that I used to make the borscht barely made a dent in the 10 pound bag that I bought, I may make another batch tomorrow and then over the weekend get to the pickling.

An important note, to keep your hands from turning red while handling the beets, wear gloves. Another note if you are new to beets be prepared to see red after you have used the toilet and the beets have been processed by your body, it is what happens when you eat beets, not just one or two but a few, best to be prepared that be scared.

10 lb bag beets

beets were on sale so I bought 10 pounds, photo Bob Ewing
beets were on sale so I bought 10 pounds, photo Bob Ewing

washing beets

soaking in hot water before washing: Bob Ewing photo
soaking in hot water before washing: Bob Ewing photo

gourmet borscht


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  • Bob Ewing profile imageAUTHOR

    Bob Ewing 

    10 years ago from New Brunswick

    Beets are good for the gall bladder well I just learned somethign thanks, it is like a beet stew.

  • marisuewrites profile image


    10 years ago from USA

    sounds really good, beets are very good for the gall bladder as I had an occasion to find out earlier this year. Beets were the recommended food for the cure! It worked. I wish I had this recipe a few months ago. Kind of like a beet stew. =))

  • Bob Ewing profile imageAUTHOR

    Bob Ewing 

    10 years ago from New Brunswick

    It is very tasty, don't let the beets go to watse, they are a bit messy but worth it, thanks for the visit.

  • Rochelle Frank profile image

    Rochelle Frank 

    10 years ago from California Gold Country

    This is one I need to do-- I DO have a row of beets in my garden, and I know they are feeling neglected. I usually find a way to ignore them, since they are so messy.

    This recipe is just too good to ignore.

  • Bob Ewing profile imageAUTHOR

    Bob Ewing 

    10 years ago from New Brunswick

    You are welcome Starving and thanks for visiting.

  • Starving Artist profile image

    Starving Artist 

    10 years ago

    awesome!!!! I tried it once and loved it and was hoping to find a good recipe...many thanks :)

  • Chef Jeff profile image

    Chef Jeff 

    10 years ago from Universe, Milky Way, Outer Arm, Sol, Earth, Western Hemisphere, North America, Illinois, Chicago.

    This sounds strange but when I smell diesel exhaust I am reminded of buying fresh roasted chestnuts in Madrid. Why? Because of the busy bus traffic at that corner near the Atocha train station. Strange, but true.

  • Bob Ewing profile imageAUTHOR

    Bob Ewing 

    10 years ago from New Brunswick

    Food evokes memory as do smells, i can still recall by grandmother's pantry, the scent of cinnamon triggers it. Thanks for stopping by.

  • Chef Jeff profile image

    Chef Jeff 

    10 years ago from Universe, Milky Way, Outer Arm, Sol, Earth, Western Hemisphere, North America, Illinois, Chicago.

    One year in our garden we had a run-away crop of beets, so we made a few dozen gallons of borscht and bottled it up. Some we gave away so others could try this tasty treat, and others we just kept for a cold winter day to remind us the summer was coming again soon enough.

    I learned my recipe from my grandma, who was Czech. She'd make it alongside a tasty carp dish or pork & dumplings for dinner. I'll have to dig that out again and try another batch really soon! Great hub - thanks for bring back some great memories!

  • Bob Ewing profile imageAUTHOR

    Bob Ewing 

    10 years ago from New Brunswick

    I have heard the same and do not know if that is true but beets are indeed nutritious.

  • cgull8m profile image


    10 years ago from North Carolina

    I love this recipe, I will definitely try. Beets are great for health. My mom used to say it purified the blood, don't know it is true or not, but she used to make a good one.


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