Pickled-beets recipes

Pickled-beets recipes are neither time consuming nor arduous. It is just a good way to preserve them for year round enjoyment.

To my mind it is really for the veggie gardener because the sugars are rapidly converted to starch once reaped. If they are several-days old from the greengrocer then you have to add a lot of sweetening and that defeats the purpose.

Pickled beets

This page was last updated by Bernard Preston on 7th July, 2021.

Learning how to cook beetroot quickly and efficiently is your initial step; that too isn't rocket-science, and made much simpler when prepared under pressure.

Have you got a pressure-cooker? We use ours almost as often as the hand blender and bread machine. They are not expensive and save you time and money; it takes a third as long.

Then all you do is prepare the vinegar and spices. Slice the beets, boil it up and you are done. What could be easier?

  • 4 quarts of cooked-beets
  • 3 cups of vinegar
  • 2 cups of water
  • 1/4 cup of sugar perhaps
  • 3" stick of cinnamon
  • 2 tsp allspice
  • 1/2 tsp whole-cloves
  • 1 tsp sea-salt.

If they are fresh you hardly need any sugar at all; it is fun to experiment and make your cooking highly-personalised. Do not feel you have to use my favourite spices; by all means try your own.

Pickled beets recipes

Pickled beets recipes begin right here.

Pickled beets in vinegar and spices

In the water bring the vinegar, sugar and spices to the boil and simmer for fifteen-minutes.

Pickled beets marinade cooking

Meantime slice the still-warm tubers that you have just prepared. If you are not sure read this how to cook beetroot page.

Pickled beets sliced

Pop them into the boiling liquid. Simmer for a short while, perhaps five-minutes, remembering they are already cooked; all you want is for the spices and vinegar to penetrate your beets.

Pickled beets boiling

Ladle your beets into ball-jars and cover with the hot liquid. Top up with hot vinegar if necessary, and seal.

Pickled beets recipes

Beetroot is a woman's best friend; forget the diamonds. With all the reports coming out from the harm caused by taking iron supplements, you should be looking for foods that are rich in this element that is so vital for haemoglobin. There is no need to suffer from the tiredness and fatigue of anaemia.

Then of course beetroot is what I call God's gift to the colon. It is rich in soluble fibre, the stuff that the alimentary canal desperately needs for easy passage of the stool. Plus that starch that reaches the colon is what the microflora feed on, producing not glucose which raises the blood sugar but important short-chain fatty acids.

Use the site search function to look up resistant starch[1], as it is known.

Constipation is just an unpleasant reality; it's a serious malady and not to be taken lightly. It is the chief cause of diverticulitis and colorectal tumours.

Naturally there are many other foods, particularly fruit and salads that are rich in fibre. But a serving of these beets once a week would go a long way to help keeping your bowels happy.

So too the couch-potato is more likely to have troubles; exercise also helps keep us regular.

Mayo clinic lists a diet which is low in fibre but rich in fat, calories and red meat, as risk factors for malignant bowel tumours; diabetes, smoking and obesity also.

What might those meals that causes metastatic disease look like?

Breakfast: Bagel, fried-egg on white toast with margarine; bacon and a sausage.

Lunch: Burger, deep-fried chicken and potato chips from a takeaway; with a cola.

Supper: Pizza and ice-cream.

Add to that a life behind a computer and TV in the evenings, and you're a gonna.

Beets will help supply all the fibre you need and do not contribute to any of those noxious factors.


If the beet-greens are young and fresh, certainly do not discard them; they too are a wonderful source of choline and betaine, vital nutrients for methylating (= detoxifying) the homocysteine which is a natural metabolite of protein digestion.

It's been fingered in many serious diseases and birth-defects too.

One of the great virtues of beets is its proven ability to lower blood-pressure from its nitrate content; and it's highest in the stalk and leaf.

Apart from their merit, they take only one-minute to steam and make a wonderful green for your supper.

We waste too much food, a third of that grown is never eaten, one way or another; enjoy the greens, so often thrown out when making pickled beets recipes.


This apple-salad is another ready source of soluble fibre; not quite as effective in dealing with constipation as these pickled beets recipes, but with other benefits.

Simply add your pickled beets to this apple salad recipe, a slice of low GI bread and you have a remarkable turn-around lunch; it will make you regular as clockwork.

Choice foods

Choice foods fresh from the garden are absolutely delicious; these pickled-beets recipes will retain those benefits for months.

Life is about choices. You either pick out nutritious foods or you opt for pain, umpteen visits to doctors and pills every day; and a life of misery. What's it to be?

Myself I'd rather spend the time fussing with pickled-beets recipes and the like. It is more fun and less painful!

Is a "life without medication" a pipe-dream? Certainly not, but do not wait until you are sixty plus. 

Copy and paste "life without medication" into Site Search in the main menu above for more information.

Bernard Preston

Beetroot raw salad

Bernard Preston is a semi-retired DC who is passionate about good living; hence these pickled beets recipes. He has become something of a greenie, having built a solar farm on his roof, a large organic garden and a rainwater harvesting system making him almost independent of the utilities.

Nutritious foods like these pickled-beets recipes are daily on the menu.

Bernard Preston's home could be off the grid, but then one must have a very large bank of batteries. He has chosen to stay connected using a small amount of prepaid electricity during inclement-weather; actually it has been less than R10 in the last six months.

He has also published three-books from the coalface; and a trilogy called A Family Affair. He is busy with his seventh, Priests Denied.

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