Canning Pickled Beets!

Pickled beets, you may ask?

Well, yes, if you have never tried them … you should. They are a family favorite around here! I never thought my children would like beets so much but they do and I am grateful. Fairly easy to grow in our climate, they are a great vegetable to grow in your garden.

Here it the syrup recipe, handed down to me from a friend’s aunt Florence:

Pickled Beets

10 cups of prepared, sliced beets
2 1/2 cups of vinegar
1 cup of water
1 cup of sugar

Bring to a boil;
pour over top of cooked beets in jars.
Seal and process in hot water bath canner for 30 minutes.


Here is a link to purchase a water bath canner- but first, I would check your local thrift store as many times, I have seen a big canning pot in such locations.

Here is link for jars – again, check thrift stores … there are many jars there! Jars cost up front but they are re-used every year so they are worth the money.


September 8, 2019 - 6:50 pm

Amy I just can them in salt water. Then in the winter we just eat them as a vegetable. Or I add them to other root vegetables for roasted vegetables. (And I don’t peel first…just scrub. When they are canned, the peels come loose and I just peel them quick before eating as the peels just fall off easily)

August 29, 2019 - 8:24 am

Gigi Jan, I love that you eat beets! They are so yummy and so pretty on the plate!

August 29, 2019 - 8:24 am

Gigi Jan, I agree. I actually only used half the sugar required – not sure what I did last year as I can’t remember but it still tastes great. A lot of canning recipes call for a large amount of sugar so I am usually reducing them as it seems a bit much.

August 29, 2019 - 8:23 am

Gigi Julie, spaghetti sauce is a great way to use up those tomatoes this season. It’s so practical and can be used for anything and everything! I will post a link (will go look for it in my blog archives).
For my hair, I very loosely pin it up with bobby pins, separated the top and bottom (tease the top a bit). Pin the top half as if you are going to leave half of your hair done and then sweep up the rest with various bobby pins. I have had people call it a bird’s nest hairdo – ha! Not sure if that is a compliment, but it is easy for me to do. I have very fine hair so it is not heavy and can be supported by just bobby pins.

August 29, 2019 - 7:39 am

Julie I love these videos! It’s so nice to put a voice with the face. Your outdoor kitchen looks wonderful and seems like such a peaceful place to work. You mentioned canning spaghetti sauce. Just wondering if you could give the recipe you use for the sauce please? I am trying to find a good pasta sauce to make and give as gifts. Thank you! You are an inspiration as a momma & wife. Also, love your hair! I put mine up in a bun but yours always looks very elegant. How do you pin it up? Thanks so much, Have a blessed day!

August 29, 2019 - 6:18 am

Gigi Yes, that is what I do with cleaning, too, Monica! I try to explain this to my girls – not sure if they understand yet, but they will one day … the joy upon entering a truly clean, fresh room after all their hard work of cleaning it!

August 28, 2019 - 8:37 pm

Jan Meant to add…that seems an excessive amount of sugar. When I make the liquid for cooking, I start small and taste and add more sugar bit by bit. Even allowing for larger quantities, that is a lot.

August 28, 2019 - 8:36 pm

Jan I am in Australia. Till well into adulthood i knew only pickled beetroot, either homemade but not bottled, or bought in tins from supemarket.

I made my own for salads by cooking in vinegar, water, a bit of sugar and pepper and salt. Even when I bottled fruit, I would not have done them as they were readily available.

Now I eat them in many ways. Grated raw, boiled, baked or pickled. Love them.

August 28, 2019 - 7:52 pm

Monica What “can” (heehee) I say but I just love it!! Beets…I’m willing to give them a try down here. So pretty…the color. I will add that to my winter seed order. Great tips and I love the “restaurant” one. Especially since my kitchen is a disaster with the cooking, deboning chicken for canning (along with cooking supper)…I will be sure to hook up the pressure canner on the back porch stove and enjoy being outside. Thanks for a great video, Gillian….PS. Sometimes when cleaning my bedroom/bathroom I will pretend I am a hotel maid…”would I leave that on the floor?”…”how would I make my bed?” It’s great fun!! Hugs!