Pickled Beets

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Pickled beets are the perfect addition to serve with salads, or alone at a picnic or potluck. They’re simple to make, all you have to do is add pickling liquid to cooked beets.

Pickled beets are the perfect addition to serve with salads, or alone at a picnic or potluck. They're simple to make, all you have to do is add pickling liquid to cooked beets.

It’s safe to say that beets are one of my favorite things to add to salads or dishes that need a little bit of pizzaz. I even like to whip them up and make beet hummus. The color is gorgeous, and since I learned to cook them in my Instant Pot easily, I’ve been going beet crazy.

Pickling beets is a wonderful way to use up an abundance of them. I think it’s important to have something acidic on your plate, especially when you’re at a picnic or potluck. I like to bring a jar of my homemade pickled beets along and they’re always a big hit. I always tell people they’re very simple to make.

I take cubed, cooked beets and fill a glass jar with them. I find that it’s easiest to roast the beets to cook them or use your Instant Pot as I said before.

Next, I bring together a quick pickling liquid in a pot over the stove. It’s a fairly classic pickling liquid – it has apple cider vinegar, sugar, salt, peppercorns, whole cloves, and a bay leaf. I think the cloves really bring out the flavor of the beets. Once the pickling liquid comes together I strain it and pour over the beets in the jars.

This only takes about an hour to chill in the fridge before you can serve it! Enjoy!

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Pickled Beets


  • Author: Allie McDonald
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes + 1 hour chill time
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour + 20 minutes
  • Yield: 8 servings

Description

Pickled beets are the perfect addition to serve with salads, or alone at a picnic or potluck. They’re simple to make, all you have to do is add pickling liquid to cooked beets.


Ingredients

  • 4 cups chopped, cooked beets
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/2 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 2 Tbsp. salt
  • 1/2 tsp. whole peppercorns
  • about 3 whole cloves
  • 1 bay leaf

Instructions

  1. Cook your beets. I recommend either roasting them or cooking them in the Instant Pot.
  2. Peel and chop the beets into 1-inch cubes.
  3. Add the cubed beets into 16oz. glass jars with a lid.
  4. In a medium saucepan, combine the water, apple cider vinegar, sugar, salt, peppercorns, cloves, and bay leaf.
  5. Bring the mixture to a boil over medium-low heat, stirring to dissolve the sugar and salt. Reduce to a simmer.
  6. After about 10 minutes, if the salt and sugar are dissolved, remove the pickling liquid from the heat. Strain the peppercorns, cloves and bay leaf out.
  7. Pour the liquid evenly between the two jars, making sure all of the beets are covered.
  8. Allow the jars to cool a bit, screw on the lids, and let them chill in the fridge for 1 hour before serving.
  9. These will keep well for a week or two in the fridge.
Pickled beets are the perfect addition to serve with salads, or alone at a picnic or potluck. They\'re simple to make, all you have to do is add pickling liquid to cooked beets.

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