Pickled Carrots

Pickled Carrots are a great colorful addition to any dinner table. I love the cinnamon flavor with the carrots in this pickling recipe.

Use a crinkle cutter for a fun look to your jars.

pickled carrots

I like the pampered chef crinkle cutter because it is rounded and you can roll it to slice your foods.

Presentation means a lot you know. Put these in a gift basket with other pickled vegetables for a pickle lover.

Pickled Carrots can be processed safely in a Water Bath Canner
This yields about 6 pints.


fresh carrotsGather your canning supplies

  • About 5 1/2 pounds carrots
  • 5 1/2 cups vinegar
  • 1 cups water
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 2 tsp canning salt
  • 2 T Mixed Pickling Spices
  • 2 sticks cinnamon

Start by preparing jars,and get water in your canner heating. (see Water Bath Canning for full directions)


washing raw carrots for picklingPeel carrots if desired. I grow my own carrots so I just scrub them good. I have a micro fiber cloth that has a scrubby type of material on one side.

I must warn here that all official directions I find say to peel carrots. None of them mention just scrubbing without peeling. (official meaning from state extension services) I can not find a safety reason listed. I suspect that it is because it is a root crop. The bacteria that can cause botulism can be found in the soil so it may be a higher risk of botulism. You'll need to make your own decision as to peeling or not.

This does a good job of getting the carrots clean. If you are purchasing the carrots and are concerned about pesticides go ahead and just peel them.

Cut carrots to desired size. Small carrots may be left whole. Using a crinkle cutter makes your jars look very professional. Just for fun.

cutting carrots with crinkle cutterYou may also make pickled carrots in rounds if you prefer. I like the sticks.

Combine sugar, water, vinegar, and salt. I prefer doing this in a tea kettle. It makes it super easy to pour into my jars.

Tie pickling spices in a cheesecloth bag and place in vinegar water solution. Add cinnamon sticks.

You might notice in this picture I don't have a cheesecloth bag. Instead I use a mesh tea infuser. It works great.

pickling solution in tea kettleBring pickling solution to a boil. Boil for 5 minutes.

Simmer carrots until just tender. Do not over cook. You basically just want to be sure they are hot through. They will cook during processing also.

You can simmer right in the pickling solution that you will be making. I prefer to make my pickling solution in a tea kettle. THe kettle makes it easy to pour pickling solution into the jars. I just simmer the carrots in water.

filling jar with carrots for picklingPack carrots into hot jars leaving 1/4 inch head space. You may need to use tongs at first. After the first jar or two the carrots are still hot but cooled enough to gingerly handle them to fit them in the jar. Try to put several in with fat ends down and then fit them in with narrow ends down.

Remove spice bag and cinnamon sticks from vinegar solution. Cover carrots with hot solution leaving 1/4 inch head space.

Wipe rims clean and place your lids. Process according to water bath canning directions. Use the times listed below.

This makes about 6 pints.

Processing times for pickled carrots.

Water Bath Processing Times

Be sure to use the time listed for your altitude.
Pack Jar size 0-1000 ft 1001- 6000 ft above 6,000 ft
Hot pack pint jars 15 min 20 min 25 min

For more on why you need to adjust for your altitude.

Recipe adapted from National Center for Home Food Preservation

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