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How to Make Pickled Beets

How to make pickled beets 

The pickled beet recipe I prefer to use can be found in the Ball Blue Book of Preserving. I've tried pickled beet recipes that called for onions and other things, but they all seemed too complicated for my bunch. I've found simple is often what works best for us. 

Pickled beets recipe 
The recipe calls for 3 quarts of beets or about 24 small ones. None of the beets that we grow are ever the same size. I have gigantic beets and little bitty ones too.

I cook and peel them like Miss Cindy taught me to do years ago. It's so much easier to peel them after they're cooked.

I slice the cooked beets and then see if I have 3 quarts. Sometimes I end up with 6 quarts. If I do, I doubled the recipe and it works out perfect. *The measurements below are for a single run of pickles using 3 quarts of beets.

Old time recipe for pickled beets 

In a large stock pot combine: sugar, cinnamon, whole allspice, salt; vinegar, and water. Bring mixture to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer for 15 minutes. The ball recipe says to remove the cinnamon sticks at this point, but I leave them and just make sure one doesn't go into the jars as I finish the pickles.

While the pickling mixture is simmering sterilize your jars. The Deer Hunter likes to heat his jars in the oven, I prefer to use a dishpan full of simmering water.

Best pickled beet recipe 
Pack the sliced beets into the jar;

Easy recipe for pickled beets 
Ladle hot pickling mixture in the jar leaving a 1/4 inch headspace; attach lids and rings.

Canning pickled beets 
Process pints and quarts 30 minutes in a boiling water canner.

Print Pickled Beets Recipe (right click on link to print recipe)

How to can pickled beets 

I have beets in the garden ready to pickle, I hope to accomplish that task next week sometime. Do you like pickled beets? The Deer Hunter and I love them-the girls not so much. Chatter and Chitter say pickled beets taste like dirt. I say I know they do but I still like them!


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One of our best family stories involves pickling beets. My mother's pressure canner blew, which resulted in picked beets and juice all over the kitchen. I mean everywhere. We had to take the stuff out of the cabinets and wipe everything. My dad had to repaint the kitchen, ceiling and all. We laughed about it for years, and my mom continued to can beets and green beans even after the incident. I miss her, and her beets.

I love pickled beets, they are one of my favorites! My husband doesn't like beets, I say that's okay, the more for me! If beets taste like dirt then I need to get my spoon and go outside and eat up! Silly girls!

The earthy taste is what I like most about beets, especially in winter. This is such a nice, easy recipe - thanks for posting!
Have you ever heard of Harvard Beets? I buy a jar now and then. They have a thick, sweet sauce.

I got foundered on Beets when I was little, and ain't eat 'em since. I agree that they're good for you and I use to eat dirt also. I grew a whole row for my friend a few years ago and he pickled 'em.

When I can stuff like tomatoes and green beans, I do like the Deer Hunter, heat a bunch of empty quarts in the oven, after washing. Works fine for me...Ken

I love pickled beets. Especially the baby ones in a salad. I ate dirt as a child but don't remember what it tasted like but if is is anything like beets I might try a bowl today.
I don't have a problem eating food that has been dropped in the dirt. Heck, ain't that where it came from in the first place.

Ask the girls how they know what dirt tastes like.

We really like pickled beets.We used my mamaw Lewis's recipe which also has sugar in it.Did you ever eat some of the store bought beets without sugar?They're awful.
Now the gurus tell us they are a health food.Heck,we liked them before they found out.

We love beets. They do have a taste hard to explain... maybe "earthy" If you will ! I think homemade pickled beets are the best. The sugar, vinegar and spices give beets a distinct flavor no other pickles have. Since we have some problems growing beets here, we would opt to buy them for roasting and canning.
Nowadays, I also buy our pickled beets. Finally, after trying many different brands, I found quart glass jars of (near homemade) pickled beets at Costco. They are canned in quarters. It doesn't take us long to finish off a jar, especially in the summer with sandwiches! No, they aren't cheap, but I have to take all other expense into consideration just for the two of us!
Don't forget to hard-boil a few eggs and drop in the pickle juice after eating the pickled beets. Put them back in the refrigerator for beautiful pickled eggs In a couple of days! Most men love these!
Thanks Tipper,
Your post/recipe about the way you roasted beets encouraged me to cook them your way! However,
we continue to have problems finding fresh beets in the produce isle, except in the spring.

I love pickled beets! We never grew beets when I was a kid, so all I have had were store-bought, so probably nowhere near as good as home-canned.

One of my favorites is pickled beets. I never thought they tasted like the Earth, but then I can't remember eating dirt.

Beets taste of the earth to me whether they are pickled or not. The Deer Hunter has loved pickled beets since he was a toddler. It always amazed me how much he liked them pickled but would not eat them at all without the pickling.
The Ball Canning book is always my first stop for canning unless I have a family recipe. I don't do that last step of processing in water. I always use it with Green beans but usually not with other things.
I love pickled beets too!

Thank you for the recipe, Tipper! I've never canned beets and would like to try it this summer.

I do like pickled beets but have not eaten them in years and years. Beets were a staple in my Grandma's garden. I don't think we ever ate the tops as greens. I keep teasing about growing them in my fall garden.

I have used beet juice to make rose colored pickled eggs. They are a lovely rosy color.

I remember once my Grandma had sat on the porch and peeled a whole dishpan of beets. On the way into the house she dropped them into the dirt. I expect we picked them up and washed them off and pickled them just the same.

Bickled peets are good too.

This seems like a rather easy, simple-to-do recipe. Thanks!

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