Pickled Beets – No Canning Necessary!

Oh how I love the ruby colored gem of late summer.  So beautiful and good for you too.  There is no better way to savor them than pickling.  Having no canning experience I opted for an incredibly simple method.  They are sweet, flavorful and active prep is only about one hour.

If you love beets you’re going to be hooked on these beauties! 

Regrigerator Pickled Beets


  • 2 bunches small beets – ends trimmed and scrubbed
  • 4 small onions – sliced and separate rings
  • ½ cup liquid from boiled beets
  • ½ cup white vinegar
  • ½ cup honey – go local!
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon cloves

Bring beets and enough water to cover to a boil over high heat.  Reduce to medium and continue to boil for 45 minutes.  With 5 minutes remaining on beets add onion slices.  Drain beets and onions, reserving ½ cup of the liquid, set aside.

While the beets and onions cool add beet liquid, vinegar, honey, salt, cinnamon, and cloves to medium sauce pan and bring to a boil.

Peel beets (this should be easy once they are cooled), and slice.  Add sliced beets and onions to a Mason jar, or air tight container of your choosing.  Cover beets with boiled liquid, cover, and refrigerate at least 24 hours before eating.  I prefer them after about 72 hours.  

  • Posted on   09/18/09 at 04:11:08 PM   by Emily  | 
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Posted in Vegetable
Tagged with vegetarian, beets, pickling, pickled vegetables, vegetable side dish

Reader Comments (5)

Lauren 09/19/09 06:02:43 PM

nice! this looks so simple! I adore beets in all forms.

Emily 09/21/09 06:40:12 PM

Oh, they are incredibly easy! I figure if food is hard to make we just won't make it :) Best, to keep it simple.

Regards, Emily

Colleen 06/11/2013 04:06:18 PM

Do these pickled beets have stay in the fridge or can you make multiple batches and put them in the pantry?

Sandra 11/08/09 07:52:22 PM

Try peeling the beets and putting them in foil and roasting them rather then boiling. More nutrients are saved and the flavor is wonderful. Roast until tender, about 45 min.

Immanuel 02/09/18 11:07:09 AM

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