Auntie Heather's Awesome Picked Beetroot / Beets

Total Time
Prep 15 mins
Cook 20 mins

My Auntie Heather in New Zealand, has been making this recipe for as long as I can remember and people have been demanding the recipe for that long too... Now it was my turn to request this treasure, because it's my most favourite beet / beetroot recipe ever. The SECRET of this recipe is simple and is the "cup for cup" rule, so for every cup of the boiled beetroot juice used, you *must* use one cup each of the sugar and vinegar. I have given the recipe for 1 cup of beet juice and depending entirely on how big a quantity you are doing at a time, you will need to increase accordingly on a per cup basis. Yield/serve size is therefore variable. How easily magic is made! There are other recipes with added extra's but this one relies on the full taste of the beetroot juice and never needs to need anything else. I searched all 20+ pages of beet / beetroot and didn't find one exactly like this. Good for salads etc but beetroot lovers have permission to just take a fork and eat a whole jar. Thanks Aunty Heather! ZWT REGION: New Zealand.


  1. Place clean glass jars the oven and set the oven temp on low to warm them.
  2. Boil the beetroot / beets in water until cooked.
  3. Remove the beets from the beet juice, (reserving the juice) Slice the beets.
  4. For every cup of beet juice that you have, add 1 cup of sugar and one cup of white vinegar.
  5. Bring the juice mixture to the boil.
  6. place sliced beets into the warm glass jars and pour the juice mixture over the beets to fill.
  7. Cap with a screw top lid.
Most Helpful

I can't stop eating them! Yummy!

j_dennington September 01, 2009

This couldn't be easier. I shall be passing it around to all my friends in Northumberland UK... it's the only way I'll get to keep any of the jars I make! Many thanks for such a clear and worthwhile recipe.

paula.thorn October 16, 2008

We served these wonderful beets alongside of Cucumber Raita, Super Simple, Quick and Easy. as a side dish to our big farmhouse salad. The beets just burst with flavor, as I had made them two days ago and let them just sit in the fun beet juice and soak up all the goodness! Just delightful and so delicious! The only change I made was to sterilize my jars in my canner instead of the oven. However; nothing else changed and I kept to the recipe 1 cup for 1 cup. Perfection! These were nice sweet little nuggets of purple goodness that I knew my family would enjoy and the "farm" nodes a complete yes! Thank you kiwidutch!

Andi of Longmeadow Farm May 10, 2008