Pickled Beets

"My bosses wife gave me this recipe that used to belong to her mother. They are wonderful and easy to make. For my first canning experience she had fresh beets and leftover liquid so she sent me home with them, the recipe, her canner and jarss. I have been canning ever since. (Regarding Pressure canners: I dont have a pressure canner however I checked one of my canning guides and it stated to process pints of pickled beets at 10 lbs for 10 minutes. Thats sounds correct as most things I have seen says a pressure canner cuts the processing time in half compared to a hot water bath.) "
photo by Mrs. Hughes photo by Mrs. Hughes
photo by Mrs. Hughes
Ready In:
1hr 5mins
7-8 pints




  • Wash beets, put in pot of water to cover and boil for about 20 minutes.
  • Drain and cool in cold water, remove ends and peel (skin usually slips off), cut in quarters or more for larger beets.
  • Bring remaining ingredients to a boil with 2 cups water, add beets and simmer 10 minutes, Remove cinnamon sticks.
  • Pack in hot sterile jars, seal and process in a hot water bath for 30 minutes.

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  1. Vonnie85
    Top stuff. I have never pickled beets before, and this recipe was just absolutely perfect. It is so simple!! (except for peeling the beets) I added some lemons cut into small, but thick triangles, and they made for an excellent contrast when I put them in their jars, as well as adding a little extra zing. I also roasted the beets instead of boiling, I got a lot of advice that this is a better way to keep better colour and flavour. Thanks very much Tara, I will make this again and agian.
  2. haskinsfam
    I loved the smell of these! We had planted lots of beets this year, so this helped to preserve them (and with Christmas gifts)
  3. Chez 4411 chef
    Teriffic, I didn't have cinnamon sticks but these are just like my Pennsylvania Dutch childhood memory.I used half the recipe for about 8-12 medium sized beets first ovenroasted and then peeled & chunked to pickle size and then on to step3. From step 3 to a Corning covered dish in the fridge. Better than a dill pickle with a sandwich !!!
  4. Smokem
    I have made this recipe twice now. The first time they didn't make it to the canner, my family just ate them all (it was a small batch). I just canned a second batch yesterday. Thanks for sharing! THey are easy to make and very good.
  5. Upthecreek Paddles
    Thanks, Tara!! Just a perfect combination of flavors...not too sweet or tart! My "Reason for Living" couldn't get enough! I'm going to plant more beets today!


  1. Button Baker
    Very good recipe Tara. I used half cider vinegar and half white vinegar and I used ground cinnamon instead of cinnamon sticks. Excellent...very nice flavor. Thanks!


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