My sister in-law has been making these for 30 years or more. When feeling up to it she will can a large batch. But just for simplicity she will make this small batch that does not require canning. I had to stand at her shoulder and write everything down with guesses on the measuring. I really do not liked can pickled beets, they are very bland. I would rather have fresh cooked instead. This is the only recipe I will eat pickled beets. My DH loves the onions. You can use white vinegar, but this tastes better if you use apple vinegar.