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Best Beet Pickles

Luscious, sweet-spicy beets stand out like jewels at meals throughout the year. The flavor takes me back to summer days. —Marla Fogderud, Mason, Michigan
  • Total Time
    Prep: 1-1/4 hours Process: 35 min.
  • Makes
    6 pints


  • 3 pounds fresh beets
  • 4 cups water
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 2 cups white vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons mixed pickling spices
  • 12 whole cloves


  • 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 for 30-60 minutes or until tender. Remove from the water; cool. Peel beets and cut into 1-in. pieces.
  • Place beets in a Dutch oven. Add the water, sugar and vinegar. Place pickling spices on a double thickness of cheesecloth; bring up corners of cloth and tie with string to form a bag. Add to the beet mixture. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 20 minutes. Discard spice bag.
  • Divide cloves among 6 hot pint jars; carefully pack beets into jars to within 1/2 in. of the top. Carefully ladle hot liquid over beets, leaving 1/2-in. headspace. Remove air bubbles; wipe rims and adjust lids. Process for 35 minutes in a boiling-water canner.
Nutrition Facts
1/4 cup: 40 calories, 0 fat (0 saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 52mg sodium, 9g carbohydrate (8g sugars, 1g fiber), 1g protein.

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  • dublinlab
    Jan 8, 2021

    A very nice beet pickle. It made a nice amount too. Janet VFE

  • singletary
    Nov 25, 2020

    These are the best pickled beets I have ever made.

  • Diana
    Jul 2, 2020

    This is pickled beets as I remember them as a child. Not too sweet; not too vinegary. But, you've got to use good pickling spice (I used Penzey's, fresh jar). The beets came out so well. And, I'll make up some hard-boiled eggs to go in the left-over juice. I'll be making this again and again.