This recipe was given to me many years ago by an elderly farmers wife and has been one of my 'must do' yearly canning recipes. If you have a large amount of beets, just keep repeating brine until your beets are all gone! Enjoy!

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Ingredients

60
Original recipe yields 60 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Place beets in a large stockpot with water to cover. Bring to a boil, and cook until tender, about 15 minutes depending on the size of the beets. If beets are large, cut them into quarters. Drain, reserving 2 cups of the beet water, cool and peel.

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  • Sterilize jars and lids by immersing in boiling water for at least 10 minutes. Fill each jar with beets and add several whole cloves to each jar.

  • In a large saucepan, combine the sugar, beet water, vinegar, and pickling salt. Bring to a rapid boil. Pour the hot brine over the beets in the jars, and seal lids.

  • Place a rack in the bottom of a large stockpot and fill halfway with water. Bring to a boil over high heat, then carefully lower the jars into the pot using a holder. Leave a 2 inch space between the jars. Pour in more boiling water if necessary until the water level is at least 1 inch above the tops of the jars. Bring the water to a full boil, cover the pot, and process for 10 minutes.

Nutrition Facts

59.9 calories; 1.2 g protein; 14.1 g carbohydrates; 0 mg cholesterol; 176.3 mg sodium. Full Nutrition

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
11/22/2006
Beets were great. I've made them several times. The only change I made was to add some sliced red onion. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 2 stars
12/30/2007
There is way too much cloves in this recipe. You can hardly taste the beet and it made my tongue numb. Read More
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224 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 150
  • 4 star values: 55
  • 3 star values: 7
  • 2 star values: 7
  • 1 star values: 5
Rating: 5 stars
11/22/2006
Beets were great. I've made them several times. The only change I made was to add some sliced red onion. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
08/27/2005
Needs more spices. I added cinnamon ground the cloves and added them both to the hot brine. I also added sliced onions to the beets in the jars. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
07/20/2007
We made this recipe and it turned out great. Very easy recipe to follow. The beets are delicious. Thanks! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
10/16/2011
This is an excellent recipe - However....1. the recipe doesn't specify jar size. This is important because the larger the jar, the longer the required processing. 2. The recipe says to cook the beets about 15 minutes: it's more like 30 - 45 minutes. 3. Almost all sources today will say to process pickled beets 30 minutes, rather than the 10 in this recipe. Lastly, to those who would peel the beets before cooking - I would encourage you NOT to do so. Cooking them whole reduces the "bleeding" but they're so easy and quick to peel after cooking, and less waste. It may seem that given my comments above that 4 stars is overrating the recipe but I do like the simple nature of Sharon Howard's farmer's wife's recipe and will continue to use it in future whenever I can beets with the changes I've noted Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
06/25/2008
This recipe is just fine - no cinnamon or other spices - they are not spiced pickled beets, just pickled beets. Some people like to add onion, but not me or Juanita ever add onion. Read More
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Rating: 2 stars
12/30/2007
There is way too much cloves in this recipe. You can hardly taste the beet and it made my tongue numb. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
09/04/2008
i was looking for a recipe that would compare to my grandmother's beets and this one comes close. very, very good! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/24/2007
This recipe is super easy and the beets taste great! I added cinnamon to the mixture and I'm glad I did. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
03/25/2008
This was a great recipe for a "pickling" beginner. Great taste. Read More
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