Appalachian Food

Easiest Pickled Beets EVER!

Refrigerator pickled beets

When this season’s beets first started coming in I told The Deer Hunter we’d have some for supper. He asked me how I was going to cook them and I said “I would probably roast them in the oven.” He said “Couldn’t you pickle some?”

I knew we had pickled beets on the shelf in the basement from last summer, but I also knew he meant couldn’t I make some fresh pickled beets. Knowing my day was already way to busy I wondered if you could make refrigerator pickled beets the way some folks do cucumber pickles. A few short google searches later I found a refrigerator pickled beet recipe that you didn’t even have to cook. I knew I could find time in my busy day to make that kind of pickles.

Raw pickled beets

I found the recipe on – the blog post actually shared a cooked beet version of the refrigerator pickled beet recipe and an uncooked version. I went with the uncooked version.

You need:

  • hot tap water
  • rice vinegar (the recipe said you could use white vinegar too, but I went with the rice vinegar since I had some on hand)
  • sugar
  • salt
  • beets
  • onions (optional but I used them)

I especially liked the recipe because it gave amounts needed for each quart jar of beets you ended up with which made it easy for me to test drive the recipe without sacrificing a lot of my beets. Since I went with the raw version I used a mandolin to slice my beets very thin.

Pickled beets in the refrigerator

I loaded a jar with beets and threw in a cut up onion.

For each quart jar: I added one cup hot water (hot out of the tap); 1/2 cup rice vinegar; 6 tablespoons of sugar; and 2 1/4 teaspoons of salt to a bowl and mixed well. Once the sugar was mostly dissolved I poured the mixture over the beets and onions. I added a lid and set the jars in the frig.

Easy pickled beets

The recipe said to let the beets sit for a week before trying, but we tried them the next day and really liked them. The raw beets have a real crunch to them which we enjoyed. I think cutting the beets thinly is a must for this raw version.

This is a great recipe to use if you have a small amount of beets or need a quick special condiment to go with a meal.


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    June 18, 2014 at 4:51 pm

    James-so glad you enjoy the Blind Pig!!!
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    Culture of Appalachia

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    Granny Sue
    June 17, 2014 at 11:03 pm

    Love to make pickled beets even though we only eat them now and then. This recipe sounds pretty simple. I hope yall are staying cool in this blasted heat, Tipper. I am no summer girl, that’s for sure.

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    June 17, 2014 at 9:27 pm

    What a great and easy recipe. Can’t wait to try these!

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    June 16, 2014 at 11:44 am

    YUM!! We all love pickled beets and this looks like another go-to recipe to put in our BP recipe folder. Thanks Tipper!

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    June 16, 2014 at 11:35 am

    Ed-YES it would be perfect for some eggs : )
    Blind Pig The Acorn
    Celebrating and Preserving the
    Culture of Appalachia

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    James Smithson
    June 16, 2014 at 11:34 am

    I love this site and the music.

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    b. Ruth
    June 16, 2014 at 11:06 am

    I have been in a real pickle, so to speak! I am now reading and catching up on previous posts since last Thursday. We made it thru the severe storm on Wednesday night…but Thursday we had a “freaky” storm, with one bolt of lightning, at least here on our ridge…No TV, no computer (I was actually in the process of mashing the “off” button, when it hit, popped and flashed! Did you’all hear me scream! Loud! I needed a drink after this…water…and turned on the water! When the lighting ran in it burnt up the lighting arrestor, blew open the box door, causing electrical havoc in the basement, etc. etc..
    I am on my son’s computer…Finally got the new pump installed yesterday. Water, thankfully! TV, computer are at the shop to get proof of lightning damage…duhhh for insurance company. Sometimes I wish they could relive the process so they would believe you…They believe they need their big insurance payments on time! ha
    Anyhow…I copied this recipe! My beets aren’t ready since we had to replant…not sure they will make. but I get some at the farmers market…Yummmmm!
    Yankee Doodle was a fun post, but you know I thought all Yankee Doodles lived in town…I ponder how the Macaroni Grill got it’s name??
    Congratulations and hugs to the girls for their accomplishments.
    Was there ever a doubt they would do great…not here!
    Happy belated Father’s Day to all! Our boys Dad was helping the well service guys (who were dead tired from other storm calls) work on pulling and replacing the submersible pump, on Fathers Day. Being Fathers themselves, I am sure they wanted to be home as well…
    So, I am glad I got to read the Blind Pig today…
    Friday the 13th came on Thursday 3 hours early for us….
    Catch you when I get a computer and back online, unless I slip back across town to this one!
    Thanks Tipper,
    PS…Guess I will pickle some beets with store bought water, until the well water clears and is safe to use…Takes about a week, I’m told!
    PS..Enjoyed reading all the comments and of course your posts.

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    Ed Ammons
    June 16, 2014 at 10:30 am

    Do you reckon the liquid left over after the beets are gone would make good pickled eggs? My daughter loves pickled eggs made from pickled beet juice.

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    Ken Roper
    June 16, 2014 at 10:06 am

    I grew a row of beets a couple years
    ago, gave ’em all away, but when I was
    little mama pickled ’em and I loved to
    make my mouth all red.
    It’s nice that you and the Deer Hunter
    enjoy a lot of the same things,
    especially from the garden. I don’t
    know how you all take the time to do so much. This heat really slows me down when it comes to gardening. I may just have to put on a headband light and work after dark, cause if
    I had the strings fixed for my half
    runners, I’d be home free for awhile.

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    Bill Burnett
    June 16, 2014 at 10:00 am

    This brings back precious memories of my youth when we would fill Grandma Breedlove’s big cast iron wash pot with water and build a large fire under it to bring it to a boil. While the water was heating we would dig the beets leaving the tops in the field to be plowed under. As soon as the water boiled we would start dumping the beets in leaving them just long enough for the peel to start slipping. We would then dip them out, peel them and hand them off to Mom and Grandma to work their magic with their vinegar and spices. One of the fun parts was trying to remove the purple stain. I still love pickled beets as well as the ones my wife gives a Harvard education.

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    Roy Pipes
    June 16, 2014 at 9:33 am

    Tipper: Not many foods I can’t eat, but I can’t eat pickled beets.

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    June 16, 2014 at 9:24 am

    I made pickled beets this past week, but I cooked mine and canned them. They put such a spark into a winter meal!

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    Pamela Danner
    June 16, 2014 at 9:13 am

    Oh Tipper, thank you so much for this recipe! I absolutely LOVE pickled beets! My husband doesn’t like beets at all, oh well more for me.

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    Sheryl Paul
    June 16, 2014 at 7:59 am

    I like the homemade version of pickled beets, nothing I have found in the stores really works for me. I dearly love the roasted beets though and would choose them first.

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    June 16, 2014 at 7:57 am

    Mmmmm! Mmmmm! Good! I really enjoy pickled beets; it is one of my favorites.

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    June 16, 2014 at 7:50 am

    Sounds easy and delicious.

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    Ethelene Dyer Jones
    June 16, 2014 at 7:49 am

    Thanks for the raw beet pickle recipe, Tipper. I don’t grow beets any more, but sometimes they are for sale locally at our farmers’ market. I remember the days of my youth when we anticipated the first beets–and yes, making canned pickled beets! Recently I mad Harvard Beets as a side dish! I even took the dish to a church dinner, and didn’t bring any of it home! I wish I could be at Union County Old Courthouse on June 20 to hear Chitter and Chatter and the Blind Pig Gang! Best wishes!

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    Miss Cindy
    June 16, 2014 at 7:27 am

    I tasted your pickled beets when I was over this weekend. They are really tasty and crisp. The Deer Hunter has loved pickled beets since he was just a pup.

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    Mrs. K
    June 16, 2014 at 7:13 am

    Easy recipe. I like pickles beets, Mr. K doesn’t so this would be perfect. Thanks, Tipper!

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    Kimberly Burnette
    June 16, 2014 at 6:38 am

    Picked beets are one of my favorite things. My mom and grandma used to can them in pints jars. I could eat a whole pint by myself!

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