Pickled Beets

A hint of cinnamon makes this pickled beets recipe a winner.

When canning beets you need to process in a pressure canner.

But with pickling, vinegar is added and acidifies the beets. Therefore, pickled beets can be processed safely in a Water Bath Canner

My recommendation is to do this recipe in pints.


Gather your canning supplies


  • Beets - enough to make 3 quarts
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 stick of cinnamon
  • 1T whole allspice
  • 1 1/2 tsp salt
  • 3 1/2 cups vinegar
  • 1 1/2 cups water

Start by preparing jars, and get water in your canner heating. 

(see Water Bath Canning for full directions)


Wash beets- Cut stems to about 2 inches, and leave on the tap root. This will help keep the color when you boil the beets to loosen the skins. 

Skin beets -Cook beets in boiling water until skins will slip off.   

This will take a couple of minutes. It helps to scrape a spoon against the beets while cooking to see when the skins start to scrape off easily. 

  • I often have a variety of sizes of beets. I try to sort my beets and cook those of similar size together. The larger ones will take a little longer to loosen the skins.

Remove from water and cool in very cold water. When cool enough to handle, use your hands to slip the skins off. Use a knife for the stubborn spots. Cut off the tops and tap roots at this point.

Slice or chop your beets to the desired size. I  usually slice or cut into chunks. 

Prepare the pickling solution. 

  • Combine -vinegar, water, sugar, cinnamon, allspice, salt. 
    Bring to a boil. Simmer for 15 minutes. Remove cinnamon sticks.

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

Cover beets in jars with hot vinegar solution leaving 1-inch head space. Remove air bubbles with a plastic knife or other small tool. I like to use an orange peeler. 

Wipe rims clean and process according to water bath canning directions. 

This makes 6 pints. 


pints and quarts- process for 30 minutes

Be sure to adjust processing time according to your altitude.

Altitude Adjustments for Boiling Water Bath Canner

Altitude in Feet- Increase processing time

1001-3000- increase 5 minutes

3001-6000- increase 10 minutes

6001-8000- increase 15 minutes

8001-10,000- increase 20 minutes

For more information on why this is important see this altitude adjustments page.

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