pickled beets

Here’s a simple recipe for pickled beets:


  • 2 pounds (about 900 grams) beets
  • 1 cup white vinegar
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon whole cloves
  • 1 cinnamon stick


  1. Start by preparing the beets. Trim off the beet greens, leaving about 1 inch of the stems intact. Leave the root ends intact as well. Scrub the beets thoroughly to remove any dirt.
  2. Place the beets in a large pot and cover them with water. Bring the water to a boil over medium-high heat. Reduce the heat to low and simmer the beets until they are tender when pierced with a fork, usually about 30-45 minutes, depending on their size.
  3. While the beets are cooking, prepare the pickling liquid. In a separate saucepan, combine the white vinegar, water, sugar, salt, whole cloves, and cinnamon stick. Bring the mixture to a boil, stirring until the sugar dissolves. Once the sugar has dissolved, remove the pickling liquid from the heat and let it cool.
  4. Once the beets are tender, remove them from the pot and let them cool slightly. Once they are cool enough to handle, peel off the skins using your fingers or a knife. The skins should come off easily.

  1. Slice the peeled beets into thin rounds or wedges, depending on your preference.
  2. Transfer the sliced beets into a clean, sterilized jar or jars. Pour the cooled pickling liquid over the beets, making sure they are fully submerged. If necessary, use a clean spoon to press the beets down into the liquid.
  3. Once the beets and pickling liquid are in the jar, cover it with a tight-fitting lid. Place the jar in the refrigerator and let the beets pickle for at least 24 hours before consuming. The longer they sit, the more flavor they will develop.
  4. The pickled beets can be stored in the refrigerator for several weeks. As time passes, the flavors will continue to meld together, resulting in a more intense taste.

Enjoy your homemade pickled beets as a tangy and delicious addition to salads, sandwiches, or as a flavorful side dish.

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