Just six ingredients go into this easy sweet-and-sour pickled beets side dish. Use a mix of red and golden beets, if you like. Pickled beets can stay in your pantry for months so make extra to have on hand. They add a great tang and color to a fresh cole slaw, bright flavor and color to a cheese board and earthy notes to a spinach salad. The pickling liquid is a great base for other vegetables you will have depending on the season such as cucumbers, carrots and onions.
1 pound small beets (about 7 beets)
1/2 cup white vinegar
1/4 cup sugar
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon black peppercorns
2 bay leaves
How to Make It
Leave root and 1-inch stem on beets; scrub with a brush. Place in a medium saucepan; cover with water. Bring to a boil. Cover, reduce heat, and simmer 45 minutes or until tender. Drain and rinse with cold water; drain. Cool slightly. Trim off beet roots; rub off skins. Thinly slice beets; place in a large bowl.
Combine vinegar and sugar in a small saucepan. Bring to a boil; cook 5 minutes. Remove from heat; stir in salt, peppercorns, and bay leaves. Pour vinegar mixture over beets; cover and chill. Discard bay leaves.
Well to be honest I don't like beets but I used this recipe to pickle beets (red and golden) from our local farmer's market and it got rave reviews! My husband, his parents and sister all LOVED this recipe. They said it was WAY better than any jarred pickled beets they've had. This is a keeper!
You must try this if you have ever purchased pickled beets in a jar. What an easy recipe. You will need to adapt cooking time due to size of your beets. Next time I will quarter the beets. Definitely will keep this recipe!
Very nice flavor and not as strong as recipe I've used in the past with cloves, cinnamon sticks and allspice. Very versatile and can easily use in a beet salad. Very easy, I just wish I would have grown more beets for this recipe. Would make great gifts.
Awesome pickled beets recipe! So easy & fast! I used a mix of golden, red, and candy cane beets, but these were larger than 7 per lb, so I quartered them before boiling, I have to say that I think that was un-necessary though, and wouldn't bother to do it in the future. This recipe makes me want to plant beets in my garden so that I can have an excuse to make this all the time! I would not hesitate to make these again!
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