Leftover Beet Juice

I was wondering if anyone had ideas on how to use leftover beet juice. When I make pickled eggs and beets, I throw away a lot of juice and it feels so wasteful. Thank you.

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JeannaMO - September 1, 2009

This recipe includes how to get the beet juice, but if you already have the beet juice, just measure the 3 1/2 cups and begin there. I have made this with strawberry jello and cherry jello and both of those are good but the raspberry is the BEST! I use it to fill homemade donuts and it is so yummy! I have tried grape and we didn’t care for that.


6 raw beets
4 c. water
1/2 c. real lemon juice
1 sm. pkg. raspberry Jello (mix)
1 pkg. Sure-Jel (only Surejell, not the Ball brand)
5 c. sugar

Clean and wash beets good, cook and save juice. (strain leaving sludge in the bottom – because beets grow in the dirt LOL). Add water (if needed) to equal 3 1/2 cups juice. Add real lemon juice, Jello and Sure-Jel. Boil 3 minutes. Add 5 cups sugar. Boil 2 minutes longer. Pour into jars and seal (upside down method works fine for me).

I only have luck with Sure Jell brand – the Ball brand of pectin doesn’t work for me and leaves me with runny jelly!

After filling and screwing on the lids and rings, I just turn these upside down for 10 minutes and then right-side up again. I don’t water bath or anything. I’m assuming that’s okay since I’ve done it this way for years and years.

This jelly is wonderful. I call mine “raspberry-b jelly” so that my family doesn’t know its made with beets. You cannot tell at all no matter how sensitive your taster is that it is made with beet juice!

I would think if you are just draining the juice from canned beets, you could freeze the juice and when you have enough, thaw and make the jelly.

    Ronald Hoerner - October 13, 2014

    This is a very good recipe I love beets in all ways even the juice. beside what yo have in your recipe I add raspberry kool aid. It add more flavor. NO! I’m not changing your recipe. I love to cook and try other things. Have a happy day

P Alexander - September 1, 2009

When beet juice is mixed with calcium chloride it is known as geo-melt and is able to melt ice and snow. Check it out on Google. Don’t know what it might look like though on your walkway!

    Norton - November 15, 2011

    it’s the calcium chloride that melts the snow

LoriE - September 1, 2009

Use it to dye white sheets for bedding, or for a nice shade tablecloth out of, or making pretty pink curtains from, or for tye dying T shirts. It makes a gorgeous color!!!

Laurie Hannahs - September 2, 2009

This is from a friend of mine in Canada. It uses 3 cups of beet juice.
Grape Jelly
3 cups beet juice
1 box Certo/Sure Jel
2 Tb. lemon juice
Boil the above for 1 minute.
4 cups sugar
1 pkg grape Kool-aid (dry mix with no sugar)
Add sugar and Kool-aid to the juice mixture and boil 1 minute. Put into hot jars and seal. This tastes wonderful and folks can’t believe it’s bee juice!

Tami Tiller - September 2, 2009

I grew up on this jelly..beet jelly. Whatever flavor of Jell-O you can find, you can make that flavor of jelly. My husband even uses it for ice-cream topping. It’s REALLY simple to make. In fact, this is the ONLY thing I’ve learned to can so far! I recommend it!

Pal - June 5, 2014

grandmother made beet wine after canning…. raisens, sugar, yeast… grandpa added everclear.

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