Quick pickling is just that, QUICK! It eliminates the need for a long canning process. All you do is pour a simple brine over the cooked beets and let them chill in the refrigerator. They are perfect for salads, but just as good straight from the jar! They’ll keep 6 weeks in the refrigerator.

You can prepare the beets any way you prefer before the pickling, but I prefer boiling them on the stove top. That way while they’re cooling I also use the same pan to make the brine pickling liquid while they cool.

3 – 3 1/2 pounds red or golden beets

QUICK PICKLED BEETS yields 2 quarts
Sliced or chopped cooked beets
3 cups water
1 1/2 cups apple cider vinegar
1/4 cup granulated sugar
1 tablespoon kosher salt
1 teaspoon allspice
1 teaspoon whole black peppercorns

  • Slice or chop the prepared beets to your desired size – I usually chop into 1″ cubes.
  • Add them to a mason jar and set them aside while you make the brine.
  • In a small saucepan over medium heat, combine the water, vinegar, sugar, salt, allspice and peppercorns.
  • Bring mixture to a boil and cook until sugar and salt are dissolved.
  • Pour the brine (straining out the peppercorns if desired) over the beets, making sure to cover them completely.
  • Let cool to room temperature.
  • Seal the jar/container and place it in the fridge to chill. You will be able to taste the pickling in a very short time, but beets are best after 24-48 hours.


  • Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil.
  • Trim and scrub the beets, removing any greens.
  • Add the beets to the boiling water and cook for 30 minutes, or until completely tender. A paring knife should slide in and out of the beets easily.
  • Beets vary greatly in size and because they are a very dense root vegetable, size will definitely determine how long you need to cook them.
  • Transfer the beets to a bowl of ice water.
  • Peel away the skins with your fingers which will be super simple if you’ve cooked and cooled them perfect.
  • Cut or slice as desired.


  • Trim and scrub the beets, removing any greens.
  • Drizzle with avocado oil (has avocado oil neutral flavor) and wrap in foil.
  • Bake on a baking sheet at 400° for 45 minutes, or until completely tender.
  • Allow to sit for 10 minutes or so, then peel away the skin and cut or slice as desired.