Grandma's Harvard Beets


This Harvard beets recipe came from my Grandma and makes for a sweet and tangy treat. I have tried other recipes, but none are as flavorful as hers.

Prep Time:
5 mins
Cook Time:
35 mins
Total Time:
40 mins


  • ¾ cup white sugar

  • 4 teaspoons cornstarch

  • cup white vinegar

  • cup water

  • 2 (15 ounce) cans sliced beets, drained

  • 3 tablespoons butter

  • ¼ teaspoon salt

  • ¼ teaspoon pepper


  1. Combine sugar, cornstarch, vinegar, and water in a saucepan. Bring to a boil, and cook for 5 minutes.

  2. Add beets to the liquid, and simmer for 30 minutes over low heat. Stir in butter, salt, and pepper, and remove from the heat. Serve warm or chilled.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

185 Calories
6g Fat
34g Carbs
1g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 6
Calories 185
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 6g 8%
Saturated Fat 4g 19%
Cholesterol 15mg 5%
Sodium 328mg 14%
Total Carbohydrate 34g 12%
Dietary Fiber 2g 6%
Total Sugars 30g
Protein 1g
Vitamin C 4mg 20%
Calcium 17mg 1%
Iron 2mg 10%
Potassium 148mg 3%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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