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Canning Recipe for Pickled Beets


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Mar 21, 2024
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This straightforward canning recipe for pickled beets is considered one of my most favourite recipes for canning.

Candy, savory, spicy, they’re an superior aspect dish, topping for a salad, or served subsequent to meats and cheeses on a charcuterie plate!

These pickled beets are candy, bitter, tangy, and filled with deep deliciousness!

Beets are considered one of my favourite issues to develop as a result of they’re very hands-off.

Throw some seeds in free soil they usually’re drought tolerant, pest resistant, illness resistant.

One of many nice issues about beets is that the beet greens may be harvested and sautéed to exchange spinach, or added to a salad, or an excellent fodder for animals.

Two harvests in a single!

For more information on rising beets (significantly the simplest issues ever!) try my submit: Every little thing You Have to Know to Develop Beets.

One among my favourite methods to prepare dinner the pickled beets, when introducing them to somebody who’s skeptical (ahem, Dylan!) is to empty the liquid (reserve for pickling eggs!) and roast them within the oven, lined in olive oil, till smooth, or only a tad browned.

These pickled roasted beets are scrumptious!

I’ll then add them to a beet salad, with spinach, sliced almonds, pink onion and goat cheese.

It’s scrumptious!

Dietary Worth of Beets​

In doing analysis for this submit I used to be shocked to search out that recent beets weren’t as nutritionally packed as I assumed they have been.

One cup of sliced pickled beets has 148 energy, .2g of complete fats and 1.8g of protein.

Nevertheless, it does include 9% of the each day beneficial quantity of Vitamin C, 6% of riboflavin, 15% of our RDV of Folate, 10% of our RDV of potassium, 25% of our sodium, 13% of our cooper and 25% of our manganese.

Historic References to Pickled Beets Recipes​

Earlier than I make any new recipe, I look in a handful of the historic cookbooks I’ve.

The Virginia Housewife is my go-to (as a Virginia housewife myself), nonetheless she didn’t actually have a lot to say about cooking beets usually.

Aren’t a lot used as they should be; they’re wearing the identical approach as parsnips, solely neither scraped nor minimize until after they’re boiled; they may take from an hour and a half to a few hours in boiling, in line with their dimension; to be despatched to the desk with salt fish, boiled beef, &c. When younger, small and juicy, it’s a excellent selection, a superb garnish, and simply transformed into a really low-cost and nice pickle.

Mary Randolph, The Virginia Housewife

Nevertheless, The Frugal Housewife (1803) had an honest pickled beet recipe:

Put right into a gallon of chilly vinegar as many beets because the vinegar will maintain, and put thereto a half an oz. of entire pepper, half an oz. of allspice, somewhat ginger, if you happen to prefer it, and one head of garlic. Word: Boil the beets in clear water, with their grime on as they’re taken out of the earth, then take them out and peal them, and when the vinegar is chilly put them in, and in two days they are going to be match to be used. The spice should be boiled within the vinegar.

Susannah Carter, The Frugal Housewife

Variations on This Recipe​

This straightforward recipe par-boils the beets to make it simpler for the skins to slip off, however you too can roast them.

You should utilize apple cider vinegar, white vinegar, or rice wine vinegar.

Mess around with the herbs and spices!

For a spicier variation omit the cinnamon and add some sriracha to the brine! Use a dill and garlic fast pickle brine.

Experiment and have enjoyable!

Recipe and Canning Ideas​

Be certain that to wash off all the grime from the beets. Being a root vegetable with folds and texture to the beet root pores and skin, it’s straightforward for grime to cover and cling to it.

When you’d prefer to study extra about how one can can the appropriate approach, try my pal Melissa’s Home Canning with Confidence course!

When you’ve opened your mason jar and eaten your beets, reserve the pickling liquid! It may be used once more to make pickled eggs.

When you’re intimidated by the canning portion, skip it and hold them within the fridge! This pickled beets recipe will final in a sealed jar for as much as 6 weeks.

In case you are canning, be certain that all the beets keep submerged beneath the brine. (The slender mouthed canning jars assist with this).

Easy methods to Make This Canning Recipe for Pickled Beets​

Whether or not you develop your individual beets or purchase them from the shop, the very first step is to take away the greens and skinny taproot from both finish of the beets.

Scrub them as finest you possibly can beneath chilly water with a vegetable brush and simmer them in a pot of water for roughly 20-Half-hour (or till the skins simply peel off).

Pressure and permit the cooked beets to chill to room temperature.

As soon as cool sufficient to the touch, rub off the tough pores and skin and slice your beets into rounds or quarters – no matter will match properly in your mason jars and dimension of the beets.

Any dimension will work effectively along with your favourite pickled beets recipes.

When you’re self-conscious about your fingers being stained pink from the beet juice, you could wish to put on gloves.

In a big saucepan, mix vinegar, water, sugar and salt to a boil and stir till every thing dissolves.

Fill your sterilized mason jars with the uncooked onions, beets, 1 bay leaves, 1 inch of cinnamon stick, 2 entire cloves and 4 allspice berries.

Or, if you happen to don’t need the herbs to be floating in your jars, you need to use floor cloves as an alternative (that can dissolve within the pickling brine) or put your cloves and allspice berries in a spice bag within the vinegar answer because it dissolves.

Ladle the brine over the beets whereas it’s nonetheless sizzling and fill to the highest along with your vinegar combination, leaving 1/2 inch of headspace.

You may cease right here for a fast pickled beets recipe and retailer them within the fridge for as much as one month.

When you don’t have mason jars, you too can retailer them in another hermetic container.

Safe your lids and rings and course of in a sizzling water bathtub for Half-hour.

Take away and let cool on the counter in a single day earlier than testing your seal.

Then get pleasure from them!

For extra canning recipes, try:


  • 4 lbs beets, washed and roughly chopped
  • 2 medium onions, thinly sliced
  • 2 1/2 cups white or apple cider vinegar
  • 1 1/4 cup water
  • 1 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 tsp pickling & canning salt
  • 16 allspice berries
  • 8 entire cloves
  • 1 cinnamon stick


  1. Take away the greens and skinny faucet root from the beets.
  2. Wash them totally and boil them in a pot filled with water till the skins simply peel off (roughly 20-Half-hour).
  3. Pressure and funky. Take away the tough pores and skin and slice in rounds or quarters.
  4. In a separate pot, deliver water, vinegar, sugar and salt to a boil till every thing is dissolved.
  5. Fill your sterilized mason jars with the uncooked onions, beets, 2 entire cloves and 4 allspice berries.
  6. Ladle the recent brine over high, leaving 1/2 inch of headspace.
  7. Safe your lids and rings and course of in a sizzling water bathtub canner for Half-hour.
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