|2,001 - 4,000 ft: 12 lb.|
|4,001 - 6,000 ft: 13 lb.|
|6,001 - 8,000 ft: 14 lb.|
|Above 1,000 ft: 15 lb.|
Quantity: An average of 21 pounds (without tops) is needed per canner load of 7 quarts; an average of 13-½ pounds is needed per canner load of 9 pints. A bushel (without tops) weighs 52 pounds and yields 15 to 20 quarts--an average of 3 pounds per quart.
Quality: Beets with a diameter of 1 to 2 inches are preferred for whole packs. Beets larger than 3 inches in diameter are often fibrous.
Procedure: Trim off beet tops, leaving an inch of stem and roots to reduce bleeding of color. Scrub well. Cover with boiling water. Boil until skins slip off easily; about 15 to 25 minutes depending on size. Cool, remove skins, and trim off stems and roots. Leave baby beets whole. Cut medium or large beets into ½-inch cubes or slices.
Halve or quarter very large slices. Add 1 teaspoon of salt per quart to the jar, if desired. Fill jars with hot beets and fresh hot water, leaving 1-inch headspace.
Adjust lids and process following the recommendations in Table 1 or Table 2 according to the method of canning used. Table 1. Recommended process time for Beets in a dial-gauge pressure canner.
Style of Pack: Hot. Jar Size: Pints, Quarts. Process Time: 30 minutes for Pints, 35 minutes for Quarts. Canner Pressure (PSI) at Altitudes of 0 - 2,000 ft: 11 lb.
Table 2. Recommended process time for Beets in a weighted-gauge pressure canner.
Style of Pack: Hot and Raw. Jar Size: Pints, Quarts. Process Time: 30 minutes for Pints, 35 minutes for Quarts. Canner Pressure (PSI) at Altitudes of 0 - 1,000 ft: 10 lb.
======================================================= === * USDA Agriculture Information Bulletin No. 539 (rev. 1994) * Meal-Master format courtesy of Karen Mintzias
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