How to Make Pickled Beets or Beetroot

Life is still a bit busy around here but 93-year old Rob is out of hospital and on the road to recovery.  He’s a bit tender in the boy area and he wears out more quickly but he loves his new room at Arcare with it’s ‘music room’ alcove complete with sofa, TV and a cabinet complete with little fridge.  You never know when a quiet glass of single malt scotch with one ice cube might come in handy while you listen to the opera.

Arcare Maroochydore

Joan still loves her room but she’s not happy there.  She realized yesterday that she can’t get out on her own and refused to get up.  I went over at 9am and waited until 10:30 for her to get ready for our walk.  After dinner she exploded when Rob wanted to go back to his room because he said she couldn’t go with him.  Alzheimer’s is a cruel disease.  I know it will make me sound awful but her tantrums don’t do a thing to me.  They used to but then I realized in 5 minutes she was fine and I was still fretting an hour later.  No more.

Back in the olden days when nobody knew I existed I posted my recipe for pickled beets or beetroot, depending upon what you call these globes of goodness.  Let’s have a little recipe redux so I can share it again because these are truly good.  I love roasting the little beets and then letting them cool until I can slip the peel off without losing my fingerprints.  I can never do this without eating one.

fresh beets or beetroot

I also have a secret.  It’s possible to make pickled beets or pickled beetroot without much effort at all.  In most large supermarkets you can buy a commercial sized can of baby beets and it’s job nearly done.  You will sacrifice only a little bit of flavor plus the knowledge that you didn’t do everything from scratch.

Hoo ha, that has never bothered me at all.  It’s the pickling liquid that makes the pickles and that’s where I spend my time.

pickledbeets or pickled beetroot

I put the jars in the dishwasher and make the pickling liquid.  When the jars are nearly done I put the canned beets in a big pot and bring just to the boil so I can put hot beets in a hot jar and cover with hot liquid.  No glass breaking in my kitchen allowed.

Place the covers on the jars and process in a hot water bath for 30 minutes and then place the jars on layers of newspaper to cool overnight.  Any that don’t seal properly, put them in the refrigerator to eat first and the rest can go nicely in the pantry but refrigerate after opening.

pickledbeets or pickled beetroot

I love a spinach salad with slices of fresh orange, feta cheese and pickled beets including the onions.  The dressing I like to use is some leftover orange juice from the slices mixed with a bit of the pickled beet juice and I’m a happy woman.

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Pickled Beets
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These pickled beets are great in a sandwich or salad and frankly they're wonderful just off the end of a fork.
Recipe type: Preserves
Cuisine: American
Serves: 8 pints
  • 8 pints beets (beetroot)
  • 2 onions sliced thinly (you can leave these out but seriously, don't)
Preserving Liquid
  • 2 Cups Sugar
  • 2 Cups Water
  • 2 Cups White Vinegar
  • 1 Tablespoon Cinnamon
  • 1 Teaspoon Ground Cloves
  • 1 Teaspoon Allspice
  • ½ Teaspoon Salt
Preserving Liquid
  1. Place all ingredients into a pot and bring to a boil for 5 minutes.
  2. Strain to remove the floaty stuff on top.
  3. Pour into a large measuring cup to make it easier to fill the jars.
Final Step!
  1. When the liquid has cooled just a little, fill the jars to ½ inch from the top.
  2. Wipe rims clean
  3. Place covers and rings on jars
  4. Place in a water bath for 30 minutes
  5. Remove from hot water and place on layers of newspaper and leave for 24 hours to cool



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  1. says

    Oh, yum….I love this! Beautiful pics, and looks so easy. I haven’t had pickled beets in ages. It brings back many childhood memories when my mom made them. She would save the picking liquid and add peeled, hard-boiled eggs to it. Good memories. Thanks, :)

  2. says

    It is in fact the pickling juice that makes pickled beets so wonderful – I totally agree. Just wanted to add a note on Alzheimer’s too, Maureen. My mom died with it, and I learned at some point along the journey what you’ve learned. You can’t react to every upset; every drama that gets acted out on center stage. If you do, it will wear you out emotionally. Completely. She passed away many years ago now, in 2002, months before I met my now husband, and it remains by far the most difficult thing I’ve weathered in my life. It was also the first time I realized so strongly what yoga could do for my peace of mind. There was such a difference in how I reacted to situations if I’d gone to a yoga class that day. Night and day. Best wishes to you and your family.

  3. says

    I love beetroot, but really don’t like the bought stuff and tend to but the unpickled beets. Perhaps it’s just that I’ve bought the wrong ones?! Now I’m going to give yours a go, bet they’re delicious. GG

    • says

      I don’t like the bought stuff either but pickled, I couldn’t tell which ones I’d roasted in the oven and which ones I’d poured out of a tin.

  4. says

    beets are very common and popular in India. It’s actually surprising that I have never seen pickled beets there because folks there are pickle freaks. ^.^ I love the color beets give the food, although I have never been a fan of the flavor but I always treasure the health benefits first, so I can imagine making your pickle sometimes in the future Maureen.
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  5. says

    Years ago (or may be at my age it’s eons ago) I had a Polish step mother-in-law that once served me what she termed pickled beets & they weren’t bad and were her stepson’s favorite so I made them her way which was 2 Tbsp. sugar and 2 Tbsp. cider vinegar per can of beets….
    Maureen these are absolutely awesome! I never thought of spices…Not only are they orgasmic but they are highly addictive where I am concerned!
    Thank you so much! Have a very blessed day! It’s not on the same page but thanks also for the tomato chili jam recipe…. :)

    • says

      Margo! Thanks so much for writing – comments like this help on days I wonder why I do this. :) I love these beets and when I realized they worked for canned beets just as well as freshly roasted beets, I always have some in the pantry.

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