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Pickled Beets

Yield Makes 5 quarts


  • 3 1/2 pounds small fresh beets
  • 3 medium onions, halved and sliced
  • 20 whole cloves
  • 4 (3-inch) cinnamon sticks
  • 4 cups white vinegar (5% acidity)
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 3 tablespoons salt

How to Make It

  1. Cut tops from beets, leaving a 1-inch stem. Cook beets in boiling water to cover 30 minutes or until tender. Drain, reserving 3 cups liquid.

  2. Pack beets and sliced onion into hot jars; set aside.

  3. Place whole cloves on a 6-inch square of cheesecloth, and tie with cheesecloth string.

  4. Bring 3 cups reserved beet liquid, spice bag, cinnamon sticks, and remaining ingredients to a boil in a Dutch oven. Remove and discard spice bag and cinnamon sticks. Pour hot mixture into jars, filling to within 1/2 inch from top. Remove air bubbles, and wipe jar rims. Cover at once with metal lids; screw on bands.

  5. Process in boiling-water bath 10 minutes.