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Pickled Beets Recipe

Pickled Beets in Jars

My mom has always made these pickled beets every summer and I've carried on the tradition with my family.

You can keep them in the refrigerator and add more cooked beets to the liquid when they start to get low. We also add shelled, hard-boiled eggs to the juice in this pickled beets recipe, and after 2 to 3 days, they are a beautiful purple all the way down to the yolk (and taste divine!). Slice these eggs, and they are a stunning garnish to salads.

Submitted by: Katherine from Petersburg, TX
Yield: 3 quarts


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Preparation Instructions:

  1. Put beets in a large saucepan or stockpot and add enough cold water to cover them with 3 inches over the top. Bring to a boil, then turn heat down to maintain a slow boil. Cook until beets are tender when pierced with a fork, about 40 minutes. Pour water off and let beets cool. Slip skins off once the beets are cool enough to handle. Slice and set aside.

  2. Place the sugar, cider vinegar, water, salt, and spices in a smaller saucepan. Bring to a boil and simmer for 15 minutes. Pour this pickling liquid into a large glass jar (1.5 liters or ½ gallon), add the sliced beets, cover with a lid and refrigerate. Let the beets sit at least a week before tasting.

  3. Add shelled hard boiled eggs to the mixture as well. Try to use them in 2 to 3 days. If left in the pickling liquid too long, they turn rubbery.

  4. Keep adding more cooked beets (and eggs) as needed. May keep in the refrigerator up to 6 months.

More About This Recipe

These beets make a delicious summer lunch accompanying good cheese and home made bread. For vegan beets, make sure the sugar you use is vegan. Some white sugar is processed with bone char.


Based on 29 reviews

Customer Reviews

Cindy D.

I just want to mention two tips if you want to safely can beets. Be sure the vinegar is 5%. The other is minimum processing time is 30 minutes depending on altitude.

Table 1. Recommended process time for Pickled Beets in a boiling-water canner.
Style of Pack Jar Size. Process Time at Altitudes of
Hot. Pts or Qts 0 – 1,000ft 1,001 – 3,000ft 3,001 – 6,000ft Above 6,000ft
30 min 35 min 40 min 45 min

Table from National Center for HomeFood Preservation.


This is the best pickled beet recipe I’ve tried! I believe it all has to do with your spices. My old recipe used McCormick pickling spice but my beets always had this sharp “bite” to them. I used to think it was the vinegar that caused this but using your spice mix made a world of difference! My pickled beets are completely gone so I’ll be making some brine and putting my regular beets in it and keep them in the fridge. I’ll be making a double batch for sure this year.

Andie Lok

I have this recipe bookmarked and use it every year now as soon as the beets come in! I love it, the week wait is excruciating though! thank you yo the reviewer who gave canning instructions. if i ever get enough beets, I will try it.


I love these beets. I’ve made them many times. However, I peel and roast the beets. I also add 2 Tbsp of Kosher salt to the liquid. They make great hostess gifts.

Darlene W

I like mine better actually so many love my pickled beets.

Pat H

I will rate this again when I try the beets at Fourth of July. I made one change; I couldn’t stand to throw out the water I cooked the beets in with all that great color and nutrition. It smells wonderful and it should be great with my organically grown beets fresh out of the ground.

Misty from Montana

For those who want to can these. Use the ingredients and amounts as listed and follow this:
In a large pot cook the unpeeled beets until fork-tender (do not overcook) cool and then remove the skins.
Slice into about 1/4-inch thick or cut into cubes.
Pack snuggly into the canning jars (be careful not to bruise).
In a large saucepan combine the sugar, water, vinegar, ground cloves, allspice, cinnamon and whole cloves; bring to a boil and simmer for about 10 minutes (no sugar granules should remain).
Quickly pour over the beets in the jars, leaving 3/4-inch headspace (the liquid should go no further than the shoulder of the jar!).
Process in a boiling water bath for 12 minutes.
Cool on a rack.

Frances G

My daughter-in-law said that she would never eat a beet. When I told her that these didn’t taste like ‘dirt’, she tried a bite. And another! My family loved these beets. Every one went home with a jar, so I’m making another batch. They taste just like the pickled beets I grew up with as a child. this recipe will be repeated many times throughout the year,and plan on giving out for Christmas gifts.


Can you use white vinegar instead of cider? I made beets many years ago but I know I used white vinegar…thanks
Haven’t made yet so disregard the rating

Jane S

oops, I just added more beets to my jar and a few of them are not fully submerged (but partially) in the brining liquid. could I add a little water or would diluting the brine be a bad idea?

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