Homemade Pickled Beets

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Homemade Pickled Beets.

Growing up, it seemed like there was always a supply of canned goods in the basement. I can’t remember my mother actually DOING the canning, maybe my grandmother did them… who knows?

Anyway, I remember liking the pickled beets as a kid. I don’t think I was completely nuts about them – something that definitely changed as an adult! Now, my husband and I can’t get enough of them – especially in our favorite salad (Salad greens, sliced pear, pickled beets, goat cheese, toasted walnuts, and Green Goddess dressing – yum!).

When I started up with the pickling, it didn’t take long to get into the beets. Hell, it may have been my first pickle this year – oh, the mess that 1 month can make of my memory!

Anyway, when I looked up to get a basic idea of what people DO when canning beets, I noticed that most recipes used cloves and cinnamon, or pickling spice. I’m not a fan of commonly used/available pickling spice, and would gladly remove the clove and cinnamon flavors from pickled beets… so, I did. I created my own pickling spice recipe for these homemade pickled beets, which I LOVE. Hands down, these are the best pickled beets that either of us has ever had!

A few notes about pickling:

1. The amount of brine / jars you’re going to need will vary widely depend on the size of your beet slices, the size of jar you use, and how well you pack them into the jar. Have a lot of extra vinegar on hand, and either make more brine than you think you’ll need, or be prepared to make more as you go. As a rough idea, I’ve found it takes about 3 lbs of beets per quart jar – your mileage may vary!

2. Pickling salt is usually available with the canning supplies in any grocery store. You’ll want to use this, rather than regular table salt – the anti-caking additives in table salt can make your pickle brine go murky and ugly.

3. While you can use previously-used jars for canning (when WELL washed and sterilized!), you need new lids for each new batch. Safety first!

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Homemade Pickled Beets

Homemade Pickled Beets

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5 thoughts on “Homemade Pickled Beets

  1. 5 stars
    So, say I don’t want to dig out all my canning crap cause I’m not sure where it all is since the move…would these be equally as good as refrigerator pickles? I wouldn’t be making an entire batch.

    I totally agree with you about removing the clove and cinnamon!

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