Once you make your own homemade Pickled Beets, you’ll never want store bought again. We’re “Saving Summer In A Jar” once again with our delicious recipe for making and canning Pickled Beets.
- 7 pounds of Beets
- 5 medium Onions
- 4 cups White Vinegar, 5% acidity
- 2 cups Sugar
- 2 cups Water
- 2 teaspoons of Canning or Pickling Salt
- 2 Cinnamon Sticks, broken
- 12 Whole Cloves
- Trim off tops of beets, leaving 2 inches of stems and all roots. This will prevent the beets color from bleeding while processing.
- Wash well, rinse and drain.
- Sort for size, separating larger beets from the smaller ones.
- Fill a large saucepot about ½ full of water, bring to a low boil over medium-high heat.
- Add the larger beets first, let cook for approximately 15 minutes.
- Add the medium sized beets, let cook for 5 minutes.
- Add the small beets, let cook for 5 minutes.
- Drain the beets and DISCARD THE LIQUID.
- Let beets cool, cut off the roots and stems, slip off the skins.
- Slice beets into about ¼ inch slices.
- Peel and slice the onions into about ¼ inch slices.
- In a medium saucepan, combine the vinegar, salt, sugar and fresh water.
- Tie spices in cheesecloth and add to the vinegar solution. Bring liquid to a low boil.
- Add the beets and onions. Simmer 5 minutes.
- Remove the spice bag and discard.
- Fill sterilized hot jars with beets and onions, leaving ½ inch of headspace.
- Add hot vinegar solution, filling to within ½ inch of top of the jar.
- Remove any air bubbles and adjust headspace to ½ inch if needed.
- Wipe the rim tops of the jars with a clean damp cloth or paper towel.
- Add lids and bands, tighten finger tight.
- Place jars in water bath canner and process according to the proper times for your local altitude.
Hot Pack: Pints or Quarts
- 0 – 1,000 ft. = 30 min.
- 1,001 – 3,000ft. = 35 min.
- 3,001 – 6,000ft. = 40 min.
- Above 6,000ft. = 45 min.
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