Best Beet Pickles

Total Time

Prep: 1-1/4 hours Process: 35 min.


6 pints

Updated: Jun. 30, 2023
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
Best Beet Pickles Recipe photo by Taste of Home


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


  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 for 30-60 minutes or until tender. Remove from the water; cool. Peel beets and cut into 1-in. pieces.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.