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Quick Harvard Beets

Total Time

Prep/Total Time: 30 min.


6 servings

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.
Quick Harvard Beets Recipe photo by Taste of Home


  • 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


  1. In a saucepan, place raw beets and enough water to cover. Cook until tender, 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.

Nutrition Facts

1/2 cup: 133 calories, 4g fat (2g saturated fat), 10mg cholesterol, 280mg sodium, 24g carbohydrate (21g sugars, 2g fiber), 1g protein.

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  • Becky
    Feb 28, 2021

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  • Akshay
    Jun 14, 2020

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  • sugarkisses114
    Nov 24, 2019

    I love Harvard beats and have since a child this is exactly like my mother’s recipe but sometimes she would substitute the vinegar (she used apple cider vinegar not white) with orange juice!

  • Deborah
    Nov 15, 2019

    My grandmother and mother always added a sprinkling of ground cloves to their Harvard Beets. Delicious!

  • penja128
    Oct 30, 2018

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  • fleming
    Oct 25, 2018

    My favorite way to enjoy cooked beets.

  • Courtney
    Feb 14, 2018

    I love this recipe!

  • 2124arizona
    Jul 8, 2017

    This is the best recipe I have for Harvard beets!! Everyone loved them and they're easy to prepare!!

  • Nancy
    Jun 26, 2017

    This receipt is perfect. It belongs under "pickles" and is better than most and extremely nutritious !

  • Melody
    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!!!