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How to Pickle Beets – Old Fashioned Pickled Beets Recipe

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Learn How to Pickle Beets with this Old Fashioned Pickled Beets Recipe. These Beets are a bit sweet, a bit tangy, and oh so flavorful!

Yes, Pickled Beets Are Delicious!

Pickled beets are one of those foods that seem to have been around for forever. I grew up eating them and loved them. Now, I know there are those of you out there who may say, “Beets! No Thank You!” But trust me. These are delicious. Even my husband, who was never a fan of beets growing up, was surprised at how delicious these pickled beets are!

The Secret Is in the Brine for Pickling Beets

So what makes these beets so tasty…and not that dreaded “earthy” flavor that some complain about? Well, the secret is in the brine. This old fashioned brine recipe was made by moms who wanted to get their families to eat—and enjoy—beets because of their nutritional value.

The brine for pickling beets includes:

  • Sugar
  • Salt
  • Lots of warming spices, including cinnamon, nutmeg, and cloves

For our traditional foods kitchen, this is a very healthy brine because I modified the original recipe, omitted the white sugar, and replaced it with Sucanat. (As I described in an earlier video and recipe, Sucanat is dried sugar cane juice with all the vitamins and minerals intact.)

Don’t worry if you are at the beginning of your journey from transitioning from a processed foods kitchen to a traditional foods kitchen. You can still use white sugar in this recipe. The most important outcome is that you will be eating beets! 😉

Nutritional Benefits of Beets

So what’s so great about beets? Beets are loaded with essential nutrients, including:

  • Folate
  • Manganese
  • Potassium
  • Iron
  • Vitamin C

Plus, beets are high in fiber, which improves digestion.

As the George Mateljan Foundation article on beets describes, the health benefits associated with beets include improved blood flow and lower blood pressure. If you are an athlete, you will be especially interested in adding beets to your diet because they may contribute to better athletic performance.

Don’t Be Afraid of Beets

So don’t be afraid to try Pickled Beets if you have not liked beets in the past. This printable recipe gives you a tasty way to incorporate them into your diet. And as you will see in my recipe video, these beets are easy to prepare and can be ready in minutes and eaten warm or allowed to chill in the fridge. Either way, they’ll be delicious, and you and your body will be happy that you tried them.

Related Videos

Now that you’ve learned to make pickled beets—and enjoyed them…you’re ready to try your hand at making Beet Kvass, a probiotic-rich, effervescent drink that’s wonderful for gut health. And if you want something that’s “instant,” be sure to try drying some beets that can be turned into a powder and then reconstituted into a quick homemade nutrient-rich drink.

If you would like to water bath can your pickled beets, you can follow the same canning process that I use in this step-by-step video for Bread and Butter Pickles:

This Pickled Beets recipe uses Sucanat. You can learn more about Sucanat in the How to Make Brown Sugar – Light, Dark, and Unrefined Sugar video:

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Easy Pickled Beets – an Old Fashioned Recipe

5 from 5 votes
Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 40 minutes
Total: 50 minutes
Yield: 8 servings
Learn How to Pickle Beets with this Old Fashioned Pickled Beets Recipe. These are a bit sweet, a bit tangy, and oh so flavorful!



  • 3 pounds Beets, washed with greens removed Approximately 6 large beets.
  • 1 Large onion Yellow, white, or red. If small, use two onions.
  • 3 cups Apple cider vinegar
  • 1/2 cup Sucanat Brown sugar. Alternatively, light or dark or white sugar can be substituted.
  • 1 tsp. Whole allspice
  • 1 tsp. Whole cloves
  • 1 Cinnamon stick
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • 1 cup Water


  • Bring a large pot of water to a boil for approximately 20-30 minutes. Add beets and cook until the beets can be pierced with a fork but with a bit of resistance.
  • Drain beets and submerge in cold water. When beets have cooled, remove the skins and cut beets into approximately 1-inch cubes. (See video.) Place in a large bowl.
  • Peel onion and slice into 1/4 inch half-moon slices. Add to bowl with beets and toss well.
  • Fill jars with beet and onion mixture. Press down gently on the mixture to make sure that the jars are packed tightly. Set aside.
  • In a saucepan, add vinegar, water, Sucanat, spices, and salt. Place on high heat and bring to a boil, constantly stirring until the sugar has dissolved. Turn heat down to medium and simmer for 10 minutes. Remove from heat. This is your brine.
  • Ladle brine (taking care to filter out the spices with a strainer) over your beet and onion mixture in each jar. Fill each jar to within a 1/2 headspace from the top of the jar. Allow the jars to cool slightly, then put the lid on each jar and refrigerate. The Pickled Beets should stay fresh in the refrigerator for at least 3 months.



You may want to water bath can these beets to extend their unrefrigerated shelf-life to 18 months by following the same canning procedure in the printable recipe and video where I show how to water bath can bread and butter pickles at
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Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: Americana
Keyword: Beets, Pickled Beets, Pickled Vegetables
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  1. Mary, I’m so glad that I picked your site for the pickled beet recipe. This was the easiest recipe I’ve tried so far. The beets are delicious! Wouldn’t change a thing! Thank you!

  2. 5 stars
    You are the best teacher. I’ve made these 2 times already and today I’m starting another batch they are sooooo good! Thank you for all the wonderful work you do for us!

    1. Hi Jeri,

      Wow! Thank you so much for your kind comments. I’m so glad that you enjoyed the beets! 🙂

      Love and God bless,

    1. Oh Luna! Thank you so much for the kind words!! And I am so happy to hear that you liked the beets…me too! Love, Mary

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