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Canning Pickled Beets

Canning pickled beets is similar to canning pickles (in my opinion). You make a brine that you put the beets in and can them.

remove beet tops before boiling

Do You Have to Boil Beets for Canning?

Yes! You need to wash beets, remove the beet tops (and bottoms) before boiling them for 15-30 minutes, until tender. This allows you to peel the skin off the beets easily. Make sure to cut larger beets in half, for even cooking and so they will fit in the pint or quart jars.

small beets are great, but larger beets can be cut in half

Do you Water Bath Can Beets or Use Pressure Canner?

If you are pickling beets, you can use a water bath canner. If you are just canning plain beets, you should use a pressure canner.

Ingredients:
2 cups water
2 cups vinegar
approximately 10 cups beets
2 1/2 cups sugar
2 cups reserved water from boiling beets
1 cinnamon stick
1 teaspoon whole cloves
1 teaspoon whole all spice

Instructions:
Wash the beets until no dirt remains.
Cut ends of beats off and place into a Dutch oven pot.
If the beets are large, cut in half.
Fill with water until water covers beets.
Cook on the stove until the skins start to come off, about 20-25 minutes on medium heat.

While beets are cooking, add the 2 cups water, vinegar, sugar together.
In a cheese cloth bag, add the cinnamon stick, cloves and all spice and place into water.
Boil the water until it is a rolling boil, then remove from the heat. Remove the cheese cloth with the spices.

When the beets are done, reserve 2 cups of the water they were boiled in and place into pot with water/vinegar mix.

Peel the beets and place into sterile jars (we used pints).
Fill the jar with water mix, leaving 1/2 inch headspace.
Hand tighten the jars with seals and bands.

Place the jars into warm water bath canner (same temp as the jars).
Water bath the jars for 30 minutes for pints or quarts.
Remove the jars from the water and place on a towel and cover with a towel allowing the jars to cool slowly.
Check to make sure they seals and date and label.

boiling water with fresh beets

How Can You Peel Them Without Getting Your Hands Red?

Use a paper towel or paper napkin and rub each beet to keep remove the skin without getting your hands pink/red.

peel beets when they are cool enough to handle

Should you Can in Quart or Pint Jars?

Question really should be, how many you want to eat in one sitting and how many people are going to be eating them.  That will help you determine if you want to use pint or quart canning jars you want to use.

take spice bag and bring to a boil

How Do You Make Canned Beets Spicy?

When you mix the boiling water and white vinegar, you can add your spices. We use cinnamon stick, whole cloves and whole all spice.

canned pickled beets

What Type of Vinegar is Used to Make The Brine?

You should white vinegar to make your brine. Apple cider vinegar is too strong.

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How to Can Pickled Beets

Canning beets is pretty simple to do. This is a recipe from my husband's mom's cookbook, making them a spiced pickled beet. Enjoy!
Course: Canning
Cuisine: American
Servings: 5 pints
Author: Regina Sober

Ingredients

  • 10 cups beets (approximately)
  • 2 cups water
  • 2 cups vinegar
  • 2 1/2 cups sugar
  • 2 cups reserved water from boiling beets
  • 1 stick cinnamon stick
  • 1 teaspoon whole cloves
  • 1 teaspoon whole all spice

Instructions

  • Wash the beets until no dirt remains.
  • Cut ends of beats off and place into a Dutch oven pot.
  • If the beets are large, cut in half.
  • Fill with water until water covers beets.
  • Cook on the stove until the skins start to come off, about 20-25 minutes on medium heat.
  • While beets are cooking, add the 2 cups water, vinegar, sugar together.
  • In a cheese cloth bag, add the cinnamon stick, cloves and all spice and place into water.
  • Boil the water until it is a rolling boil, then remove from the heat.
  • Remove the cheese cloth with the spices.
  • When the beets are done, reserve 2 cups of the water they were boiled in and place into pot with water/vinegar mix.
  • Peel the beets and place into sterile jars (we used pints).
  • Fill the jar with water mix, leaving 1/2 inch headspace.
  • Hand tighten the jars with seals and bands.
  • Place the jars into warm water bath canner (same temp as the jars).
  • Water bath the jars for 30 minutes for pints or quarts.
  • Remove the jars from the water and place on a towel and cover with a towel allowing the jars to cool slowly.
  • Check to make sure they seals and date and label.

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Canning beets is pretty simple to do. This is a recipe from my husband's mom's cookbook, making them a spiced pickled beet. Enjoy!


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