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In the recipe, Pickled Beets, why must you drain and discard the liquid the beets were cooked in?

Preservation experts from the United Stated Department of Agriculture (USDA) include this caution statement for safety reasons. There is a risk the beets are not clean and may contain trapped soils. Spores of Clostridium botulinum bacteria are found in soils and are not inactivated or killed by boiling.

Using the water the beets were boiled in may result in adding the Clostridium botulinum bacteria spores to the pickled beets. In addition, the soil or dirt may result in a product quality issue when finished and the water may contain pigments that could cause undesirable coloring to the finished product.


Source: Elizabeth L. Andress, Ph.D., Professor and Extension Food Safety Specialist, Director, National Center for Home Food Preservation, Department of Foods and Nutrition, The University of Georgia



Answered by Jessica Kovarik, RD, LD, Extension Associate, College of Human Environmental Sciences, University of Missouri Extension









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