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How To Can Pickled Beets

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Learning how to can pickled beets is really easy and a great way to use up extra beets from your garden. These sweet old fashioned pickled beets have been a tried and true family favorite recipe for many years and because they are so quick and easy to make they are perfect for filling your pantry with to enjoy with your winter meals.

A jar of homemade canned pickled beets sitting on a wooden table out side. Text on image reads Perfect Pickled Beets.

Pickled beets have always been one of my favorite pickles. I can remember back to when I was a very little girl watching my grandma make her pickled beets every summer.

Really, pickled beets were a staple in our home and we enjoyed them with many meals. They are great as a side to a sandwich, a cold plate supper, or right alongside a roast dinner.

Do you love beets? Sadly I’m the only one in our family that loves beets. Well, maybe I shouldn’t say sadly it means more for me!

Making pickled beets is really easy and I’ve made my Nana’s recipe every year since I was a little girl.  I hope you love it as much as I do.

How To Make Pickled Beets

To start with you will need about 30 beets. Wash them well to remove any dirt stuck to the roots and then cut off the stems leaving about an inch of stem on the beet.

If you cut all of the stem off, the beet will bleed its colour out. Then place your beets into a large stockpot and cover with water.


Large pot filled with beets and water starting to come to a boil.

Bring the water to a boil and cook until the beets are tender, about 25 to 30 minutes.

Boiling beets for canning in a large stock pot on the stove.

Another way of cooking beets that is really easy and makes them super sweet is to roast beets in the oven. You can cook beets for your pickles either way.

Cooling cooked beets until they are cool enough to remove the skins.

Drain the beets and let them sit until cool enough to handle. Then simply pinch the skins and stems off.

Most of the time these just slip off very easily but once and a while on a larger beet you’ll have some rougher patches.  You can scrub these a little harder or just use a knife to carefully trim it off.

Fill The Jars

In each pint size jar place salt, cloves, berries, and cinnamon. Then cut larger beets into 1/4 inch slices and pack into your jars, small beets can be left whole.

In a large pot combine the water, vinegar, and sugar and bring it to a boil. Pour this brine over your beets making sure to leave 1/2 inch of headroom.


Run a spatula around the edge of the jar to release any air bubbles then wipe the jar rim clean. Place the lids on and process them in your water bath canner for 30 minutes for pints or 35 minutes for quarts or according to your altitude.

When the time is up removed the jars from the canner and set them on a towel and leave them to sit for 24 hours so the seal can set. Any jars that have not sealed after 24 hours need to be reprocessed or placed into the fridge.

Let your pickled beets sit for 6 weeks before opening to develop the best flavour.

Don’t miss my step by step video to see just how easy it is to make your own pickled beets!

Yield: 8 pints

Pickled Beets

Perfect pickled beets! This is my Grandmothers recipe I've been enjoying since I was a little girl. So easy to make and can to enjoy all year. |
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 1 hour


  • 30 beets (approx.)
  • 2/3 cups water
  • 4 cups sugar
  • 4 cups vinegar
  • 1/2 tsp pickling salt per jar
  • 1/2 a cinnamon stick per jar
  • 4 whole cloves per jar
  • 2 allspice berries


  1. Wash beets and cut tops off leaving 1 inch of stem on. Place in a large pot and cover with water and boil until tender.
  2. Drain and let cool until comfortable enough to handle. Slip the stems and skins off.
  3. Slice into 1/4 inch rounds, or leave whole if small.
  4. Add salt, cloves, berries, and cinnamon into each jar then fill each jar with sliced beets.
  5. Combine water, sugar, and vinegar and bring to a boil. Pour over beets, leaving 1/2 inch headspace.
  6. Run a spatula around the edge of the jar to release air bubbles, wipe the jar rims clean, add lids, and process in a water bath canner for 30 min for pints 35 min for quarts.
  7. Let sit for 6 weeks for the flavor to fully absorbed.

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Thursday 7th of September 2023

Hi Kim. My beets seem pretty large. I'm not sure how to estimate my 5 large/jumbo beets to yours which may be smaller. Do you happen to have a weight equivalent? Then I can weigh mine and adjust the recipe...

Steve Hicks

Friday 2nd of June 2023

Good recipe! I used Brown sugar though, instead of white sugar...

Delbert Crawford

Monday 29th of August 2022

My mom's recipe is similar to yours.

Joyce Harris

Saturday 30th of July 2022

I pickle beets the same as you do with an exception: I don’t use any spices or salt. Just equal parts of water, apple cider vinegar, & sugar. Delic!!


Friday 20th of August 2021

How many jars should this recipe make?


Friday 20th of August 2021


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