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Quick Harvard Beets

We grow beets in our own garden, and they're so good in this recipe. They have such a nice flavor and are very pretty when served.
  • Total Time
    Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
  • Makes
    6 servings


  • 3 cups sliced raw beets or 2 cans (16 ounces each) sliced beets
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup white vinegar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons butter


  • In a saucepan, place raw beets and enough water to cover. Cook until tender, 15-20 minutes. Drain, reserving 1/4 cup liquid. (If using canned beets, drain and reserve 1/4 cup juice.)
  • In another saucepan, combine sugar, flour, vinegar and reserved beet juice. Cook over low heat until thickened. Stir in beets, salt and butter. Simmer for 10 minutes.
Nutrition Facts
1/2 cup: 133 calories, 4g fat (2g saturated fat), 10mg cholesterol, 280mg sodium, 24g carbohydrate (21g sugars, 2g fiber), 1g protein.

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  • Becky
    Feb 28, 2021

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  • Akshay
    Jun 14, 2020

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  • sugarkisses114
    Nov 24, 2019

    I love Harvard beats and have since a child this is exactly like my mother’s recipe but sometimes she would substitute the vinegar (she used apple cider vinegar not white) with orange juice!

  • Deborah
    Nov 15, 2019

    My grandmother and mother always added a sprinkling of ground cloves to their Harvard Beets. Delicious!

  • penja128
    Oct 30, 2018

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  • fleming
    Oct 25, 2018

    My favorite way to enjoy cooked beets.

  • Courtney
    Feb 14, 2018

    I love this recipe!

  • 2124arizona
    Jul 8, 2017

    This is the best recipe I have for Harvard beets!! Everyone loved them and they're easy to prepare!!

  • Nancy
    Jun 26, 2017

    This receipt is perfect. It belongs under "pickles" and is better than most and extremely nutritious !

  • Melody
    Feb 18, 2017

    My Mom made these when I was a little girl. I always loved them. Haven't had them in a long time. Got to thinking about it and she always called them Harvard Beets. Well, low and behold, I found the recipe!!!