Great Grandmas Harvard Beets

Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes
Servings: 2 cups
This recipe has been handed down and comes from the 1930s. It is from a 1930s Westinghouse oven manual. These Harvard Beets were a served traditionally during most holidays but especially the winter holidays.
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  • 2 cups of cooked diced beets
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 Tbsp flour
  • 1/2 cup white vinegar
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2 Tbsp butter
  • 1/4 cup water


  • Mix the sugar and flour;
  • add water and vinegar.
  • Cook over "low" heat until thick.
  • Add salt and butter,
  • then add diced beets.
  • Continue cooking until beets are hot.


*The beets for this recipe can be prepared ahead of time. Wash and dice beets. Place beets in a covered pot with 1/2 to 1 cup water, depending on how many beets you are cooking. Typically 3-4 cups diced beets. Bring to boil then cook covered on med-low for approximately 30-35 minutes.


Serving: 4g