Homemade Pickled Beetroot

    3 days 1 hour

    These pickled beetroots are far superior than any store-bought variety. Beetroots are cooked, then set in jars with pickling liquid. Enjoy with salads or as a side dish. .

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    Makes: 5 500ml jars

    • 20 beetroots
    • 600g caster sugar
    • 1 litre white vinegar
    • 1 tablespoon pickling salt
    • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
    • 3 drops clove oil

    Prep:15min  ›  Cook:45min  ›  Extra time:3days marinating  ›  Ready in:3days1hr 

    1. Sterilise five 500ml pickling jars with lids and rings. Keep hot.
    2. Place beetroots into a large pot and fill with enough water to cover. Bring to the boil and cook until beetroots are tender enough to pierce with a fork, but not mushy. Drain and cool, reserving 600ml water from the beetroots. When beetroots are cool enough to handle, peel and trim the ends. Cut into wedges or chunks if desired and pack into hot jars.
    3. Whilst the beetroots are cooking, combine the sugar, vinegar, pickling salt, lemon juice and clove oil in a large saucepan. Bring to the boil. Pour the hot brine over the beetroots in the jars to within 5mm of the top. Wipe the rims with a clean towel and seal with lids and rings. Set at room temperature for 24 hours, then store in the refrigerator. Wait a few days before eating to allow beetroots to soak up the flavour.


    Clove oil is also known as oil of clove. Clove oil and pickling salt can be purchased online.

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    I have not tried this recipe as yet but wanted to let previous rater to check drugstore pharmacy for clove oil. That is where I get mine, Walmart.  -  13 Aug 2009  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)


    I had some beets from our organic farmers market we have on the beach every week. I scaled the recipe to 3 servings because I only bought enought to try a recipe. This recipe reminds me the way my Mom use to make beets when I was a child. Good and simple way to make beets, but I couldn't convince my kids to eat it.  -  05 Mar 2009  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)


    I like this recipe even though I only used 2 cups of sugar (thats all I had) and substituted 5 whole cloves because I coudn't find clove oil. Next time I'll try more cloves...unless I find that clove oil.  -  28 Nov 2008  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)