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Rosemount UMC fundraiser will stain your fingers red

As has become tradition at Rosemount United Methodist Church, the ladies of United Methodist Women got together Monday to make beet pickles. The pickles will be canned and stored until the women sell them as part of the church bazaar in November.

"We've done it for several years," said Janet Ewing, president of the United Methodist Women. "People love the pickled beets."

The recipe used to make the beets belonged to a member of the church.

"I started helping make beet pickles quite a few years ago, and we used somebody's recipe," Ewing said. "It's a traditional recipe."

The process takes some time. The ladies started their work about 9 a.m. Monday and it takes a few hours to get all of the beets cleaned, peeled and canned. The beets were purchased at the farmer's market, and will be ready to be made into beet pickles after they are washed and cooked.

"Then we slice the beets up, and we make a brine out of vinegar and some pickling spice and some sugar," Ewing said. "(We) pour the hot brine over the beets and process them in the hot water bath, and we have beet pickles."

After the beets are made, the ladies fill jars with the beet pickles.

"You fill a hot jar with warm beets and warm brine," Ewing said. "As you cook them in the hot water bath, it forms a vapor in the jar and seals the jar and that's what keeps them canned."

The cost of the beets, which depends on how much it costs to produce them, has typically been around $5 a pint. The proceeds from the beets sold at the bazaar go to their mission pledge, the United Methodist Women. This organization is spread throughout the world, and helps women, children and youth.

"We do have a pledge of a certain amount, and we do usually make that between the bazaar and selling the quilts we make at church," Ewing said.

Though canning the beet pickles is work and takes the time of about six volunteers, Ewing said people should know something about them.

"They're really delicious, and beets are nutritious," she said.

Nathan Hansen

Nathan Hansen has been a reporter and editor with the Farmington Independent and the Rosemount Town Pages since 1997. He is very tall.

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