Pickled Carrots Recipe: A Crunchy, Fun Food

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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. I like the Pampered Chef crinkle cutter because it is rounded and you can roll it to slice your foods. But any one will do.

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

Pickled carrots can be processed safely in a water bath canner.

This recipe yields about 6 pints.

Let’s learn how to pickle carrots!

A jar of fancy cut carrot spears that have been pickled in brine.
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Pickled Carrots: Extended, Step-By-Step Directions

Start by preparing jars. Get water in your canner heating. (See water bath canning for full directions.)

Canning Supplies

  • water bath canner
  • canning jars, lids and rings
  • jar lifter and canning funnel
  • large pot to simmer carrots
  • optional tea kettle for brine
  • sharp knife
  • cheesecloth
  • crinkle cutter (optional)


  • 5 pounds carrots
  • 5 1/2 cups vinegar
  • 1 cup water
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 2 tsp. canning salt
  • 2 Tbsp. pickling spices
  • 2 cinnamon sticks

How to Make Pickled Carrots

Peel carrots. Cut carrots to desired size. (Small carrots may be left whole but still must be peeled)

Do You Have to Peel Carrots Before Pickling?

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.)

This 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.

It’s easy enough…go ahead and peel your carrots.

A peeled carrot sitting atop a pile of peels with a vegetable peel on top of the carrot.

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

Using the crinkle cutter to slice carrots into smaller pieces.

You may also make pickled carrots in rounds if you prefer. I like the sticks.

Making Pickling Brine

Next, combine sugar, water, vinegar, and salt. Tie pickling spices in a cheesecloth bag and place in vinegar/water solution. Add cinnamon sticks.

Bring vinegar/water brine to a boil. Boil for 5 minutes.

Stirring together the brine in a stainless steel tea kettle.

Here’s a tip…make your pickling solution in a tea kettle. The kettle makes it easy to pour pickling solution into the jars.

You can do this in a pot if you don’t have a kettle you want to use. You’ll need a ladle…and some dishrags to wipe up spills.

This is a hot pack, so you will need to bring your carrots to a boil, and then reduce the heat and simmer until partially cooked.

You can simmer right in the pickling solution that you will be making. Or use a separate pot and add some of the brine there to cook your carrots. You want to simmer the carrots until just tender. About 10 minutes is recommended, and they will cook during the canning process also.

When you are packing your carrots in the jars, tongs can be helpful. The carrots are hot, but it helps to be able to arrange them. While packing jars, try to put several in with fat ends down, and then fit carrots in with narrow ends down. This fills your jars nicely.

Putting crinkle cut carrots into canning jars using a pair of tongs.

Next, pack carrots into hot jars, leaving 1/4-inch headspace.

Remove spice bag and cinnamon sticks from vinegar solution. Cover carrots with hot brine solution, leaving 1/4-inch headspace.

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

Processing Time for Pickled Carrots Recipe

Process pints for 15 minutes, adjusting for altitude according to chart below.

Read more on why you need to adjust for your altitude here.

A jar of pickled fancy crinkle cut carrot spears sitting outside.

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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.
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A jar of fancy cut carrot spears that have been pickled in brine.
Prep Time:45 minutes
Processing Pints (adjust for altitude):15 minutes
Total Time:1 hour


  • 5 Pounds Carrots
  • 5 ½ cups Vinegar
  • 1 cup Water
  • 2 cups Sugar
  • 1 teaspoon Canning Salt
  • 2 Tablespoons Mixed Pickling Spices
  • 2 sticks Cinnamon  


  • Start by preparing jars and getting water in the canner heating. You want the canner hot, but not boiling, when the jars are ready to be processed.
    See full water bath canning instructions here.  

Hot Pack only

  • Peel carrots. (Yes, you need to peel them!)  
  • Cut carrots to desired size.  
  • Combine sugar, water, vinegar, and salt. 
  • Tie pickling spices in a cheesecloth bag and place in vinegar solution. 
  • Add cinnamon sticks. 
  • Bring vinegar mixture to a boil for 5 minutes. 
  • Add carrots and bring back to a boil.   
  • Reduce heat and simmer carrots for 10 minutes. 
  • Pack hot carrots into hot jar. 
  • Remove spice bag and cinnamon sticks from vinegar. 
  • Cover carrots with brine, leaving 1/4” headspace.   
  • Remove air bubbles, wipe rim clean, and place on seal and ring. Place the jar in the warm canner. Proceed to fill all jars. Process according to chart below.   


Processing with a Water Bath Canner
Place the jar in the warm canner. Proceed to fill all jars placing them in the canner.
When all the jars are filled, bring the water in the canner to a boil.  When a boil is reached that is when you’ll start your timing.   Process for the length of time on the chart below.  Adjust for your altitude. 
 After your time is over, turn the heat off remove the lid and allow the canner to rest for about 5 minutes. Then bring your jars up out of the water.  Allow them to rest for another 5 minutes. Then remove the jars and place them a few inches apart on a thick towel to cool completely.  Leave them alone for about 12 hours.  
When they are cooled remove the metal bands, check the seals, label the jars and store them away! 
Processing Times for Water Bath Canner (Hot Pack) 
Altitude – Pints  
0-1,000 ft – 15 minutes 
1,001-6,000 ft – 20 minutes 
Above 6,000 ft – 25 minutes 
Adapted from: The National Center for Home Food Preservation
Servings: 6 pints

Pickled Carrots: Tips & FAQs

Do you have to cook the carrots? I made some spicy ones but put them in at room temperature, not cooked with garlic and spices. Then added the hot brine and added to a water bath for 20 mins

Yes, the tested directions start from a partially cooked hot carrot. You can add your own spices though. So that’s the good news.

How do you eat pickled carrots?

Eat pickled carrots like other pickled vegetables, as a side for meat (for example). We also eat them straight from the jar! Mmmm.

I was just at a friends house the other day and she actually shredded pickled carrots and added them to her green beans to serve them. It added a nice color and a hint of flavor to the dish.

How long to pickled carrots last?

These canned pickled carrots will last for at least a year under proper storage conditions, providing they were processed safely and sealed correctly. However, the quality of pickles will degrade, so that’s why it’s recommended that you eat them within a year. If it’s been over a year, don’t put them in the trash yet! Just move them to the front and make a plan to use them soon.

How long before you can eat pickled carrots?

You can actually eat them right away…but you might be disappointed, because they won’t be very pickly. The carrots do need some time to pick up on the pickling flavors. I’ve never tested it, however, so I can’t say for sure how long you need to wait for best flavor. I’d advise waiting at least a week though…longer is probably better (i.e., more time to develop deeper flavor).

Pickled carrots without sugar?

The only tested pickled carrots recipe I know of does include sugar. I don’t know of any recipes without sugar.

What about the spices? Can use use my own pickling spice>

This recipe uses 2 Tbsp. pickling spice and 2 cinnamon sticks (optional). As far as the type of pickling spice, you can make your own or just any commercial pickling spice is fine.

I do have a homemade pickling spice recipe that I’ve used on this page here.

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Source: The National Center for Home Food Preservation

Page last updated: 4/22/2021

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Sharon K Vanderheiden
Sharon K Vanderheiden
2 years ago

can i use apple cider vinigar in stead of white distilled vinger for this recipe

Rachel Abernathy
Rachel Abernathy
2 years ago

Yes, as long as it is 5% acidity, you can use either. 🙂

-Rachel (Sharon’s assistant)