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Best Chilled Beets

Total Time

Prep: 20 min. + chilling


10-12 servings

I really didn't like beets until my mother made these. When I've served them to guests or taken them to a gathering, many people have told me how much they like them. The combination of ingredients may sound a bit unusual, but they really taste good together.


  • 3 cans (16 ounces each) sliced beets
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1 cup vinegar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3 tablespoons canola oil
  • 3 tablespoons ketchup
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 25 whole cloves, tied in a cheesecloth bag


  1. Drain the beets, reserving 1-1/2 cups of juice in a large saucepan. Add cornstarch to juice and mix well. Add beets and remaining ingredients; bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer until the sauce is slightly thickened, stirring often. Remove the spice bag. Cover and refrigerate overnight.

Nutrition Facts

1/2 cup: 52 calories, 3g fat (0 saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 2478mg sodium, 5g carbohydrate (2g sugars, 1g fiber), 0 protein.

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