This recipe calls for cider vinegar, brown sugar and beet water. White vinegar, regular sugar and plain water are more commonly used, but I have yet to try it this way.
Spices are a personal preference. Whole mixed pickling spices are used here but, some recipes call for cinnamon sticks and whole cloves which produces a stronger flavour.
Patricia Caine (nee Rusnak) is originally from Thunder Bay, ON. Both her parents came to Canada from the Ukraine. She has put these recipes together as a tribute to her parents, for her family and Canada's 150th.