Friday, October 5, 2007

Pickled Beets

Are you looking for a pickled beet recipe? Try this one! I've made this recipe for quite a few years and have never been disappointed. With the addition of the onions and spices they give the beets a really good flavour.

All canning season long I've been looking for my lost slicer. No luck. I'm sure I lent it to someone and no one is fessing up! So yesterday I had to slice up beets: 17 pints of plain canned, and 10 pints of pickled but I couldn't think of anything other than slicing by hand, not fun. I can't use my food processor because it slices too thin so I sat down at the computer to order a slicer, one that has to be able to slice thick... the first one 154.00!! Gulp, nope, it wasn't even mechanical! After surfing around and finding nothing I finally typed in "how do I slice beets?" One of the first sites said something like "use an electric slicer... blah, blah, blah..." and then it hit me, duh, my meat slicer!! I use it for everything from slicing meat to bread to cheese, and now beets, and I even used it to slice the onions! And why oh why didn't I think to use it for slicing all those cucumbers when I made Bread & Butter pickles? Oh well I've still got a 5 gallon bucket full of beets to slice :)

Back to the recipe. I should let you know that I double this recipe and end up with about 10 pints.

Pickled Beets & Onions

8 cups sliced, chunks, or whole baby beets (Whichever you like)
3 cups sliced onions
2 1/2 cups cider vinegar
2 cups sugar
1 1/2 cups water
1 tablespoon mustard seed
1 teaspoon coarse salt
1 teaspoon whole allspice
1 teaspoon whole cloves
1- 6 inch cinnamon stick

Cut tops leaving 2 inches of stem and all the root. Wash all traces of dirt. Boil the beets whole until tender (about 15-20 minutes), drop into cold water and skins should slip off. Cut your beets into what you like.
Combine onions, vinegar, sugar, water, mustard seed, salt, allspice, cloves, and cinnamon stick into a large pot. Bring to a boil, then boil gently for five minutes. Add beets and return to a full boil. Remove from heat. Discard cinnamon stick. Fill sterilized jars with beets and liquid leaving about a 1 inch headspace. Wipe the rims, place lids and rings. Boiling water bath for 30 minutes. Makes about 5 pints.


Mom said...

Hi Kansas..
What a great idea for slicing. You could also slice your potatoes for scallop or scollap (your choice sp) potatoes.
For the canned beets they sound great. Thank you so much as they are one of my favorites and "I kinda' know you did them just for me". :)

Love Ya!

Pat V said...


The beets look great..With all thecanning you have been doing Robert is going to have to add on another addition!!!!

Deb said...

Hi Kansas,

I really enjoy your blog, but the pictures don't show up at all, so I'm missing half the fun! Very neat idea for slicing beets, pickled beets are a fav of mine.

Cheers from Oliver, BC

Kansas A said...

Hi Deb....
Sorry the pictures don't show up. If you are using IE, have you tried browsing with Mozilla Firefox instead? I'm not sure what the problem could be, I reduce all my pictures so they don't take forever to load. Is it just the latest post or is it my whole blog you can't see the pictures?

Deb said...

Hi Kansas,

None of your pics show up, except for the one of canned tomatoes in the far right column. I'm on a MAC, using Safari as my browser, and I don't have a problem viewing pics on other "blogger" blogs, including my own. So I am puzzled.

Deb In Oliver

Kansas A said...

Hi Deb...
I'm wondering if it's because I use Google Docs to create my posts and not blogger?
Can you go to and see if the picture of the cherry pitter shows up? I uploaded that one picture with blogger instead of google. Do any of the videos show up? You can email me privately at