Beetroot Relish

Beetroot Relish

This was my first time making any sort of preserve. It’s much easier than I imagined and the beetroot relish, after you leave it pickle for a few weeks, tastes great.

abitmorvegThis abitmoreveg recipe is one of my favourites. And something I never mentioned on the original post, beetroot relish is great with cold meats or as a sauce for sausages, particularly venison sausages. This is the last recipe on the vegetarian site. I’d kind of run out of ideas and steam at that stage…

beetroot relish
Beetroot Relish – easy to make and livens up a cheese sandwich nicely.

I know I said I might never cook beetroot again – now that I’ve found how good it is raw – but I made this at the end of last year. And I’ll definitely be making it again.

At the end of 2014 I started getting fruit and veg deliveries. It’s great. You don’t choose what you get you just get a box of fresh organic fruit and veg each week – kind of like a lucky bag. Beetroot seems to feature a lot so I decided to try something a bit different with it. I’m back to buying in the supermarket – it’s easier to plan ahead, though it was lovely getting the deliveries.

I’m not sure if there are any health benefits to relishes. I think they’re supposed to aid digestion. In any case this is a nice addition to a cheese sandwich and will liven up a veggie burger or a slice of nut-loaf. This relish contains beetroot, apples, onions, cider vinegar and ginger. The minerals of these ingredients should survive the pickling process.

So this turns out to be very easy and the only messy thing is the beetroot. Is beetroot ever not messy? I don’t think so. I’d advise wearing gloves when you peel and grate it because otherwise the stain it leaves on your hands takes ages to wash out fully. But it tastes good and it’s great for your health so I suppose we’ll forgive it.

Once the relish is cooked you place it into sterilized air-tight pots and leave it to … I don’t know what the word is – do what it needs to – for at least 5 weeks. And if you’re wondering how to sterilize your jars here’s how.

ingredients for beetroot relish
Brown sugar, cider vinegar, Bramley (cooking) apples, beetroots, onions, garlic, nutmeg, ginger and ground cinnamon.

Beetroot Relish

Beetroot Relish


  • 450g fresh beetroot, peeled and grated
  • 450g Bramley apples, peeled, cored and grated
  • 450g onions, peeled and grated
  • 125g dark brown sugar
  • 150g light brown sugar
  • 450ml cider vinegar
  • 25g fresh root ginger, grated
  • 1 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • fistful raisins, sultanas, cranberry mix


  1. Place all the ingredients in a large pot and bring to the boil.
  2. Reduce heat and simmer on a gentle heat for 2 hours.
  3. Spoon the mixture into warm sterilized jars. This makes five 3" x 2.5" jars.
  4. Leave for at least 5 weeks at the back of the cupboard before opening.
  5. Once opened store in the fridge and it should keep indefinitely or as good as.

add the ingredients to the pot
Add all the ingredients to the pot and put it on a high heat to boil. Then reduce to simmer.
add raisins
After an hour of it simmering away I tasted it and worried that the taste of vinegar was too strong so I add a good fistful of a raisins-sultanas-cranberries mix. – Yes I would do this again.
ready for potting
Having simmered for 2 hours in total it’s ready for potting.
pot of chutney
A pot of beetroot relish. This recipe makes about five of these little pots – 3 x 2.5 inches.
great with chesse
Great with cheese. Particularly goat’s cheese. – Also great with cold salty meats or venison sausages.

Happy 2017 everyone!