I grow red cabbage every year because it's just so pretty. Most years the chickens end up eating it because really, how much cabbage can two people eat? A head can last four meals, and red cabbage is even harder to use. One year I made red cabbage relish--it was delicious and so pretty, but again, how much relish can two people eat?
So, the borscht. It is a Russian cabbage soup and most of the online recipes I found had beets in it as well, and some had potatoes--these weren't canning recipes though. Others added sour cream and dill, and there were other variations. The recipe I used called for cabbage, tomatoes, onions, apples, beef boullion, salt, pepper and water. Everything was put into the pot and brought to a boil, then into jars and the pressure canner for 55 minutes.
It was pretty when it went into the jars, but after canning not so much.
The jury is out on how we'll like it. We're going to try it today--as it is, with sour cream, with sour cream and dill, and with added cooked potatoes. We shall see. If we don't like it, lesson learned and the chickens eat well, again.
I still have four red cabbages left. Does anyone have a good recipe for using them up? Maybe I should freeze it? Open to ideas!
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