Canning Beets

Though time consuming, home canning beets is actually a simple process. Beets are a vegetable that you either love or hate. Personally I love em.

You will need to know how to use a pressure canner. Many have asked me for processing times using a hot water bath. However Beets are a low acid food, botulism is a risk and pressure canning is the only safe option.


Gather your canning supplies canning beets
  • Beets
  • Canning Salt - optional


Wash your beets. Cut your stems to about 2 inches, and leave on the tap root.

canning beets

This will help keep the color when you boil the beets to loosen the skins.

Cook beets in simmering water until beets are tender and skins will slip off.

This will take a while. You'll just need to watch. It always takes longer that I think it needs to. An easy way to see if your beets are ready, is to scrape a spoon against the beets while cooking. When the skins scrape off easily they are done.

  • If you often have a variety of sizes of beets. Try to sort them according to size. Cook those of similar size together. The larger ones will take a little longer to loosen the skins.
Use this time to get your jars and pressure canner ready. Canner should have 2-3 inches of hot water and jars should be clean and hot. See pressure canning for more detailed explanation.

red hands from canning beets

Remove your cooked beets and place in very cold water. When the beets are cool enough to handle, use your hands to slip the skins off.

Your hands will look like this! :0)

canning beets The skins should just peel away with a little rubbing. Use a knife for the stubborn spots.
canning beets Cut off the tops and tap roots at this point as well.

Slice or chop your beets to the desired size. If you have smaller sizes(1-2 inch size) it is nice to jar these whole. Larger beets I either slice or cut into chunks


Pack into hot canning jars, leaving 1-inch head space.

canning beets
Add canning salt to jars if desired. 1/2 teaspoon to each pint and 1 teaspoon to each quart.

Cover in boiling water. Again leave a 1-inch head space.

canning beets

Wipe the rims clean, remove any air bubbles and place your lids.

For more details follow pressure canning instructions.

Don't be surprised if your beets lose some color. Leaving the tap root and stems when you boil your beets will help but they will lose color when you process them.


Hot pack pints - process for 30 minutes
Hot pack quarts - process for 35 minutes

Adjustments for Pressure Canner
Altitude in Feet Dial Gauge Canner Weighted Gauge Canner
0-1000 10 10
1001-2000 11 15
2001-4000 12 15
4001-6000 13 15
6001-8000 14 15
8000-10,000 15 15

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