Ina Garten smiling in a home kitchen
The Canned Food Ina Garten Says Is Her Least Favorite Thing In The World
In a 2022 conversation with David Remnick, editor of The New Yorker and host of "The New Yorker Radio Hour" podcast, Ina Garten revealed that she loathes canned Harvard beets.
Like pickled beets, Harvard beets are cubed or diced beets cooked in a solution of sugar, vinegar, and water. They are served warm (not chilled), sometimes in a thick sauce.
As Garten recalled from her childhood, Harvard beets are processed, canned, and loaded onto grocery store shelves to be sold and reheated at home.
Where they get their name isn’t clear. According to Yankee Magazine, there’s no direct connection between Harvard beets and the Ivy League university of the same name.
Luckily, Garten’s disdain for canned Harvard beets doesn’t encompass all varieties of beets because she has created quite a few recipes worth trying at home.