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🥒 Simple Pickled Beets Recipe

Learn how to make a delicious and easy pickled beets recipe with Just Pickling. This recipe uses fresh beets, vinegar, sugar, and salt for a tangy and sweet flavor. Perfect for sandwiches, salads, and more!

Simple Pickled Beets Recipe

You will need:

  • medium beets10 medium beets (around 3 pounds)
  • white vinegar1 cup white vinegar
  • sugar1/2 cup sugar
  • water1/2 cup water
  • salt1 teaspoon salt


  1. Start by thoroughly washing the beets to remove any dirt.
  2. Place the beets in a large pot, cover with water, and bring to a boil. Cook until the beets are tender.
  3. Once the beets are cooked, drain the water and let them cool. After they have cooled, peel the beets and slice them into thin rounds.
  4. In a separate pot, combine the white vinegar, sugar, water, and salt. Bring the mixture to a boil, stirring until the sugar has dissolved.
  5. Add the sliced beets to the vinegar mixture. Simmer for about 10 minutes.
  6. Using a slotted spoon, transfer the beets to sterilized jars. Pour the vinegar mixture over the beets, ensuring they are completely covered.
  7. Seal the jars and let them cool before storing them in the refrigerator. Allow the beets to pickle for at least a week before eating.


These pickled beets can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 3 months. Always use clean utensils when serving to avoid contaminating the entire jar.

Embrace the art of pickling with our simple and delicious pickled beets recipe. This easy-to-follow guide will help you transform fresh beets into a tangy, sweet, and flavorful condiment that can elevate any meal. Whether you're new to pickling or a seasoned pro, you'll appreciate the simplicity and the results of this recipe.

Beets are a versatile vegetable that can be enjoyed in many ways, but pickling truly brings out their unique flavor. The combination of white vinegar, sugar, and salt creates a perfect balance of acidity and sweetness that complements the earthy taste of the beets. Plus, the vibrant red color of pickled beets adds a splash of color to your meals, making them not only delicious but also visually appealing.

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While this recipe calls for boiling the beets first, you might wonder, can beets be pickled without boiling them first? The answer is yes, but boiling makes the beets tender and easier to peel, enhancing their texture in the finished product.

Remember, the key to successful pickling is patience. Let your beets sit in the refrigerator for at least a week before you dig in. This waiting period allows the flavors to meld together, resulting in a more flavorful pickle. And if you're curious about what other foods you can pickle, take a look at our FAQ on what types of food can be pickled.

So why wait? Start your pickling adventure today with this simple pickled beets recipe and explore the world of pickling with Just Pickling. Happy pickling!