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Spoil the Son-In-Law Borshch

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“My mom is an old time Galicianer, from eastern Poland, who specializes in "heimish" food. My husband is from nearby Ukraine, and when we come to visit, my mother delights in spoiling him with the food he so misses and loves. This borshch is one of those classics. A warming soup, a hearty meal, a pot of love. It tastes even better the second day.”
3hrs 45mins
8 quarts

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. In a large soup pot, boil meat and bones in water. Remove the foam. Cook on a low boil or high simmer for about 1 hour.
  2. Add the beets, carrots, onions, cabbage to the soup. Add water if needed. Cook another 45 minutes, or more if you'd like.
  3. Add sour salt or lemon juice and salt, bring to a boil again, and simmer another hour.
  4. TASTE the soup. Add sugar/honey slowly, until it is the taste you like. It will take more than you think to get that wonderful sweet-sour taste. Cook another 30 minutes.
  5. Add the garlic, cook another 15 minutes.
  6. Eat with hearty bread.

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