Pickled Beets

Posted by Jennifer on August 30, 2010 – 5:13 pm

IMG_4597 I enjoy pickled beets so this year when I saw a whole bushel for $8.00 how could I resist buying them? I’m in the canning zone and though I’d never made beets before, I was up for the challenge! A fast way to add veggies to the plate, and they’re so pretty in their jars.

Easy Pickled Beets

  • 3 quarts of beets
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • 1 tablespoon whole allspice
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 3 1/2 cups vinegar
  • 1 1/2 cups of water
  1. Wash your beets and then you can either #1 cook them and then peel them. This works well if your beets are small or #2 you can peel them, cut them and then cook them. Since my bushel didn’t contain consistently sized beets, I did both ways. I cooked the small ones first then peeled them and the larger ones I peeled then cut and cooked. It was easier to peel the cooked beets but honestly? I don’t think it was really easier one way or the other.
  2. Combine all the ingredients (except the beets) in a pot and bring to a boil then simmer for 15 minutes.
  3. Pack beets into hot jars with 1/4” headspace. Ladle hot liquid (without cinnamon sticks) into the jars, keeping your headspace.
  4. Remove air bubbles, adjust 2pc lids.
  5. Process 30 minutes in boiling water canner.

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  1. 1. The Happy Housewife Said:

    I have never heard of pickled beets. We only use beets in smoothies. What do they taste like?


  2. 2. Jennifer Said:

    I’ve never heard of beets in smoothies!!! 🙂 Oh, the things you learn.
    I love pickled beets; my Gram and aunt used to make them all the time. They are a little sweet and tangy at the same time. They’re super easy and if you cut the recipe in half or a quarter, you could give them a try without too much commitment!

  3. 3. Linda Thomas Said:

    Hey, Jenn! I think I saw that you won something over at (in)courage today, right?

    I’ve never heard of beets in smoothies, but I suppose it could work!

    I noticed your comment from yesterday about a salsa recipe. I’ll look up my favorite and get back to you, OK?


  4. 4. Jennifer Said:

    I did win. I am so excited. I’m choosing GRACE wooden tiles for our dining room. His Grace still amazes me 🙂

  5. 5. Mimi Said:

    Yah, pickled beets, not my thing. LOL

    Congrats on your (in)courage win! What a fun giveaway to win!


  6. 6. Jennifer Said:

    Oh, I was so excited when I saw my name!!!

  7. 7. Barb @ 1SentenceDiary Said:

    Yum! Pickled beets! I never thought of making my own. I don’t know much about canning, though. I’ll have to look up what all those terms mean. Would I need any special equipment?

    And beets in smoothies? I never would have thought of that.

  8. 8. Jennifer Said:

    Honestly, I knew virtually nothing (and still do LOL) but the recipes I’ve found are straight forward. All you need for most things is mason jars, a big pot and jar lifters to get the jars out of the boiling water. (I think they’re a couple bucks. I have this crazy silicone oven mitt that my brother bought me one year for Christmas. It’s HUGE and goes all the way up my arm. I can reach in to boiling water without getting burned so I just use that to get the jars out.)

  9. 9. April@The 21st Century Housewife Said:

    I love pickled beets, but I’m the only one in the family who does! Your recipe looks delicious.

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