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Old 11-10-2013, 09:08 AM
 
Location: SE Michigan
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I love beets and can't believe I've never made borscht. I have a big bag of beets from the farmers' market.
This recipe looks good:
Beef Borscht Recipe from CDKitchen.com

But there are SO many variations! Stew beef v short ribs, cabbage or not, lemon juice v red vinegar....
Any alternate recipes or tips?
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Old 11-10-2013, 09:28 AM
 
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The recipe you posted looks like a good one.

There are many variations, and they're all good. You can use short ribs, stew beef, leftover pot roast, roast pork or no meat at all. The vegetables that go depend on what's in the house. Cabbage (if I have it) carrots, onions, potatoes, celery or celeriac, parsnips and/or turnips (if I have them) Everyone in the pool.

My guide to using wine, or cider, vinegar or lemon juice is "what's closest". How much I use depends on how sweet the beets are. This year the beets I was getting from the farmer's market were very sweet so I used more sour to balance.

About the only thing I do with borscht is puree it. I like the chunks of vegetables.
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Old 11-10-2013, 11:01 AM
 
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OOPS. The last line should read:

"About the only thing I DON'T do with borscht is puree it.
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Old 11-10-2013, 12:16 PM
 
Location: California
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Hey Girl, you nailed it! You would make my Grandma Polansky jealous!

So, I'll be waiting to sample your experiment, after all, you wouldn't want to keep it all to yourself now would you?

LOL, enjoy!
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Old 11-10-2013, 01:29 PM
 
Location: Florida (SW)
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I haven't made this recipe......but I love this food blog....everything sounds so good. Borscht Recipe | Simply Recipes
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Old 11-10-2013, 02:23 PM
 
Location: SE Michigan
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Thanks MRB - I wanted to get short ribs but they didn't have any (actually I thought about using meaty beef shanks as in elston's recipe but bought stewing beef instead.)

Heidi I'll put it together tonight and then slow-cook it tomorrow while I'm at work...there's snow in the forecast so this seems like a suitable recipe!
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Old 11-10-2013, 07:04 PM
 
Location: California
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I'm in the Bay area so you could come to my house and cook it as we aren't expecting any snow for some time to come.

I used to love coming to Grandma's kitchen in the winter smelling her cooking as we peeled off our boots and scarves.
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Old 11-12-2013, 11:36 AM
 
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I have never added meat to borscht. Just a little lemon juice and maybe apples to add zing.
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Old 11-12-2013, 03:59 PM
 
Location: SE Michigan
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I have never added meat to borscht. Just a little lemon juice and maybe apples to add zing.
Actually the next time I make it, I don't think I will bother with the meat. It didn't seem to add anything.I like the idea of apples!

I made the recipe in my OP almost exactly, except I didn't use bell pepper and threw in an extra couple of carrots. I diced the vegetables very finely but I see how blending some of the vegetables could improve the texture.

I'm no borscht expert but this was very tasty!
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Old 11-13-2013, 01:11 PM
 
Location: Kanada 🍁
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I tried to find the recipe my mother used to use without meat and I think I found it.

Classic Russian Borsch Recipe –

We had it so often when I was little that I actually dislike it now . My mother said her mother made this Russian Borscht in the War time always,for it was cheap and filling,without the meat,for meat was a luxury at that time.
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