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    I agree with the comments about watering down, don't do it, the vinegar's acidity is what keeps it good, watering down will reduce its ability to preserve. Sugar however is a good idea, I heat my vinegar up, dissolve sugar in then pour it over the beets. A vacuum then forms under the lid as it cools but this isn't 100% necessary and you're probably OK adding sugar later. Then put it in a cupboard for about 3 months before eating, these types of pickles eaten fresh are rubbish which could be part of your problem.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Scarlet View Post
    I use cider or white wine vinegar but it works out to be very expensive pickled beetroot.
    ....and then you make chutney with the vinegar
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    Quote Originally Posted by Nicos View Post
    ....and then you make chutney with the vinegar
    So long as the vinegar has at least 6% acidity the pickle or chutney will be fine. I never dilute the vinegar with water and never use Sarsons pickling vinegar, it is too strong. Spice ordinary vinegar with pickling spice either boil the vinegar with the spice or add to the vinegar and leave it to infuse for several weeks. I always keep pickles and chutney for at least 6 months before eating and we are eating chutney several years old and it is fine.
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    Thank you everyone for your really helpful responses. I am going to remove some of the vinegar, heat it with some sugar then when cooled pour it back in the jar, then I am going to leave it to mature for three months and see what it's like.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SusieG View Post
    Hi Amanda, and welcome to the Vine!!!

    I don't see why you couldn't add some sugared water to the vinegar..... should take the 'edge' off the sharpness of the vinegar!

    Did you grow the beetroot yourself? Are you a back garden grower or lottie..?
    I am lucky that I have a small orchard at home and I have put in some vegetable beds. I am new to all this so still learning and this is the first year I have grown beetroot. I have more to harvest so might try to look for a recipe rather than using a ready spiced vinegar, then I can compare the results.
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    Quote Originally Posted by roitelet View Post
    So long as the vinegar has at least 6% acidity the pickle or chutney will be fine. I never dilute the vinegar with water and never use Sarsons pickling vinegar, it is too strong. Spice ordinary vinegar with pickling spice either boil the vinegar with the spice or add to the vinegar and leave it to infuse for several weeks. I always keep pickles and chutney for at least 6 months before eating and we are eating chutney several years old and it is fine.
    Do you have a recipe that you could recommend, and do you use normal malt vinegar? Sorry for so many questions!

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    Ask away Amanda! That's what this Vine is here for ....... Bet roitelet will be back soon with her reply...!!

    An orchard, lovely!! What fruit trees have you there...? A great idea incorporating veggie beds ...
    All this growing is ALWAYS a learning curve ....... and just when you think you know what you're doing, something comes along and knocks all your hard-earned theories for six.....!!!!

    Oh, nearly forgot - have you any pics of your orchard you can share with us...???
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    Quote Originally Posted by SusieG View Post
    Ask away Amanda! That's what this Vine is here for ....... Bet roitelet will be back soon with her reply...!!

    An orchard, lovely!! What fruit trees have you there...? A great idea incorporating veggie beds ...
    All this growing is ALWAYS a learning curve ....... and just when you think you know what you're doing, something comes along and knocks all your hard-earned theories for six.....!!!!

    Oh, nearly forgot - have you any pics of your orchard you can share with us...???
    Thanks ....it's mainly apple trees, there is a sour cherry, a pear and a plum as well. I agree that growing is always a learning curve ...I have learnt so far that the birds know the instant that fruit is ripe (even before I do!) and rabbits can hunt down newly planted veggies when they are nice and juicy (I had wood and netting for my birthday to keep them out!) .....I can't grow a decent cauliflower and there is only so much lettuce two people can eat so perhaps grow less next year ....and how come when I try succession planting it all seems to catch up and is still all ready at the same time!

    I am not very techie but will attempt to add a couple of photos ....both of the orchard ....on one side is my veggie area and on the other we have our hens ....
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