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Spiced Pickled Beets Recipe
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Spiced Pickled Beets Recipe

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With spicy, robust flavor, these pickled beets are so good, they'll convert any naysayers! —Edna Hoffman, Hebron, Indiana
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 1-1/4 hours Process: 35 min.
MAKES:24 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 1-1/4 hours Process: 35 min.
MAKES: 24 servings


  • 3 pounds small fresh beets
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 2 cups water
  • 2 cups cider vinegar
  • 2 cinnamon sticks (3 inches)
  • 1 teaspoon whole cloves
  • 1 teaspoon whole allspice

Nutritional Facts

1/4 cup equals 53 calories, trace fat (trace saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 44 mg sodium, 12 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 1 g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 1 vegetable, 1/2 starch


  1. Scrub beets and trim tops to 1 in. Place in a Dutch oven and cover with water. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer 25-35 minutes or until tender. Remove from water; cool. Peel beets and cut into fourths.
  2. Place beets in a Dutch oven. Add sugar, water and vinegar. Place spices on a double thickness of cheesecloth; bring up corners of cloth and tie with string to form a bag. Add to beet mixture. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer 10 minutes. Discard spice bag.
  3. Carefully pack beets into four hot 1-pint jars to within 1/2 in. of the top. Carefully ladle hot liquid over beets, leaving 1/2-in. headspace. Remove air bubbles and adjust headspace, if necessary, by adding hot mixture. Wipe rims. Center lids on jars; screw on bands until fingertip tight.
  4. Place jars into canner with simmering water, ensuring that they are completely covered with water. Bring to a boil; process for 35 minutes. Remove jars and cool. Yield: 4 pints.
Editor's Note: The processing time listed is for altitudes of 1,000 feet or less. For altitudes up to 3,000 feet, add 5 minutes; 6,000 feet, add 10 minutes; 8,000 feet, add 15 minutes; 10,000 feet, add 20 minutes.
Originally published as Spiced Pickled Beets in Taste of Home June/July 2010, p66

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Reviewed Apr. 11, 2016

"My 12 year old neice loves these she takes them for lunch at school at least weekly."

Reviewed Aug. 12, 2014

"This is a great recipe, I didn't change a thing. I highly recommended this recipe it is so easy and tastes great."

Reviewed Aug. 5, 2013

"We love Pickled Beets. But when I make them I add thin lemon slices to the beets as they heat up in the brine. The lemons look beautiful in the jars or you don' have to put the lemons in the jars. gmayk"

Reviewed Aug. 11, 2012

"This even surpasses the canned pickled beets my parents made. I love the addition of the spices. I have made it twice and will continue without changes. Yummy!"

Reviewed Jul. 19, 2010

"add a teaspoon of salt"

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