HELOISE Old recipe makes tasty pickled beets

Dear Heloise: I have a friend who had a recipe for pickled beets. She got it from the newspaper when your mother had the column. She said the liquid was rather thick and very good. Can you please reprint this recipe for me? Katie K., Monticello, Ind.
You're right -- this was one of my mother's recipes that she brought back from China in the late 1940s. My father was stationed there while he was in the Air Force.
To make this delicious recipe, you will need:
6 cups cooked, sliced beets
3 cans sliced beets
1 cup sugar
1 cup vinegar
2 tablespoons cornstarch
24 whole cloves
3 tablespoons ketchup
3 tablespoons cooking oil (optional)
1 teaspoon vanilla
Dash of salt
Drain the beets, reserving 11/2 cups of the beet liquid. Place the beets in a medium saucepan with the reserved liquid and the remainder of the ingredients.
Mix well, then cook for 3 minutes over medium heat, or until the mixture thickens. Let it cool, then store it in the refrigerator. Heloise
P.S. A reminder came in from a reader who said she remembered my mother suggesting to serve this hot over white rice. Does anyone else remember this? Heloise
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