Quick Harvard Beets Recipe
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Quick Harvard Beets Recipe

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We grow beets in our own garden, and they're so good in this recipe. They have such a nice flavor and are very pretty when served.
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
MAKES:6-8 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
MAKES: 6-8 servings


  • 3 cups sliced raw beets or 2 cans (16 ounces each) sliced beets
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup white vinegar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons butter

Nutritional Facts

1 each: 99 calories, 3g fat (2g saturated fat), 8mg cholesterol, 216mg sodium, 18g carbohydrate (15g sugars, 1g fiber), 1g protein.


  1. In a saucepan, place raw beets and enough water to cover. Cook until tender, about 15-20 minutes. Drain, reserving 1/4 cup liquid. (If using canned beets, drain and reserve 1/4 cup juice.)
  2. In another saucepan, combine sugar, flour, vinegar and reserved beet juice. Cook over low heat until thickened. Stir in beets, salt and butter. Simmer for 10 minutes. Yield: 6-8 servings.
Originally published as Harvard Beets in Country Extra January 1992, p49

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Melody User ID: 9084296 261503
Reviewed Feb. 18, 2017

"My Mom made these when I was a little girl. I always loved them. Haven't had them in a long time. Got to thinking about it and she always called them Harvard Beets. Well, low and behold, I found the recipe!!!"

kshea User ID: 2698812 15999
Reviewed Jun. 24, 2012

"no stars available - great!"

jfreeman79 User ID: 1812495 16509
Reviewed Apr. 4, 2012

"This is my favorite way to make beets now!"

fredaevans User ID: 6360805 14718
Reviewed Apr. 4, 2012

"Vollied at a major kitchen here in Southern Oregon for a year (Sr. Citizen center, Meals on Wheels, etc) and first time I saw this recipe ... the top line was 'Serves 1,000.' Trust me, there were NO left overs. :>)"

slye10001000 User ID: 5787172 201696
Reviewed Oct. 1, 2011


MostlyElena User ID: 5323655 69743
Reviewed Mar. 5, 2011

"I love beets, so it's not a surprise that I liked this a lot. I don't have much of a sweet tooth so I used less sugar than called for and added some Sriracha in its stead. Yummy!"

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