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Old 07-23-2006, 09:56 AM   #21
 
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I voted no. I had a traumatic beet experience as a child and cannot stand the sight of them to this day.
I had a traumatic beet experience as a child, too! I was having lunch in a restaurant with my grandma (a big treat) and I ordered a turkey club sandwich. I thought the little round purple thing on my plate was cranberry sauce -- wouldn't that make sense, with a turkey sandwich? No, it was a beet. I was completely not expecting that taste and it put me off beets.

But my dad always loved pickled beets.

What was your traumatic experience, b-wavy?
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chgurlsng,

I *love* pickled eggs. I was thinking about buying some today, interestingly. I'll have one for you!
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I voted no. I had a traumatic beet experience as a child and cannot stand the sight of them to this day.
I had a traumatic beet experience as a child, too! I was having lunch in a restaurant with my grandma (a big treat) and I ordered a turkey club sandwich. I thought the little round purple thing on my plate was cranberry sauce -- wouldn't that make sense, with a turkey sandwich? No, it was a beet. I was completely not expecting that taste and it put me off beets.

But my dad always loved pickled beets.

What was your traumatic experience, b-wavy?
Oh my! Yes, I can see how that would be a real turn-off if you were expecting nice cranberry sauce!

Mine was when I was pretty young, maybe 6 or 7, so I guess it's one of those things were my palette wasn't very developed yet and I just didn't like the strong smell of them and wouldn't eat them which normally wasn't a big deal -- everyone has things they don't like. One night at dinner my mom, for whatever reason, kept pestering me throughout the meal to "just try one" and I didn't want to. I guess my dad wasn't in a very good mood that night, and was getting tired of it, so he got really angry and told my mother to put some on my plate and told me that I was going to eat every one of them until they were gone, or I could sit there all night.

I tried, but they truly made me gag. So I sat there. Everyone else finished their meals and cleared the table, and I sat there. My older brother and sister went to bed, and I sat there. I was practically falling asleep into my plate (but woke quickly when I smelled the beets!), and still I sat there. My dad was sitting in stony silence about 10 feet away in the living room throughout all of this. Finally, my mom quietly got up and took me in to bed. Not a fun memory....and they still make me gag to this day.
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Old 07-24-2006, 07:23 AM   #24
 
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I love all kinds of beets!

For Easter, we would always have beets mixed with horseradish (can't remember what it's called).

Look on the bright side, they're a great source of antioxidants!
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another pickled beeter in the house! :P
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Thanks to you guys I had to go get attacked by deer flies so I could dig a bunch of beets and pickle 'em. They are yummy tho!
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Damn you spammer!!!!

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Blech! Fresh beets taste like dirt. Pickled beets taste like dirt and vinegar.

Yes, I know why they taste like dirt. They're grown in dirt. But potatoes are grown in and taste like dirt too, but I love them.
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Now I want beets!
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Now I want beets!
Me too. Spammer bumped it up and got me craving beets.

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Old 05-15-2012, 04:13 PM   #31
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I feel like I'm in the Twilight Zone...

This much excitement over beets?????

My mother made some beets recently that were OK. She cooked them how she makes sweet potatoes (sugar and butter). They were edible. Like dirty sweet potatoes.
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I have a vat of pickled beets and eggs in my fridge almost constantly.
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Silly question, can someone describe the taste.... does it taste like an olive or a potatoe? I'm curious and kinda greedy I guess....

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I have a vat of pickled beets and eggs in my fridge almost constantly.
RCW, do you pickle your own or are they store bought?
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I have a vat of pickled beets and eggs in my fridge almost constantly.
Me, too, as do lots of folks around here.


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I love beetd. Pickled. Roasted. Harvard style. Yum. I even admit to buying in the store - jarred just to get my fix.

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Yes, I enjoy pickled beets. Also pickled mushrooms - have you tried those? My dear mom who is not alive anymore used to make both of these from scratch. Can't be a strictly Southern thing - I'm of Russian Jewish background. Maybe my grandparents came from the southern part of Russia!
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Silly question, can someone describe the taste.... does it taste like an olive or a potatoe? I'm curious and kinda greedy I guess....

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Beets or pickled beets?
Beets are earthy and super-sweet (a lot of sugar is made from beets instead of sugar cane). They benefit from a good dose of salt and acid to play up and balance their sweetness and cut through the earthiness. Mostly the salt makes the difference, though.
Carrots are an earthy vegetable, for point of reference. Not as much as beets, but you can definitely taste an earthiness in them.
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Ewwww, I haven't had beets since the very last time my mom tortured me with them 30 years ago. Thank God I'm grown! Lol

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