Quick Pickled Beets

Love them or hate them, you can’t deny that these Quick Pickled Beets are absolutely gorgeous. Shout out to Dixie Crystals, a long time Mountain Mama partner, for sponsoring this post.

Four individual foil packets filled with beets. The beets are about to be roasted in the oven.  Recipe for pickled beets on www.mountainmamacooks.com

Do you love or hate beets? I’m learning (or rather trying to) love them. It hasn’t been easy. I want to love them. I’m just not quite there yet. I’m guess you could say I’m learning to tolerate them. Beets and I have a long way to go.

Roasted beets that have just come out of the oven. They're cooling and will be peeled and pickled. www.mountainmamacooks.com

I don’t like beets on their own and I’m not sure I ever will. For the longest time I thought they tasted “dirty”. They’re just so earthy, you know? I think I got turned off of beets as a kid because my mom would always pick them off the salad bar and I’d watch all her lettuce turn this weird hue of pink. For whatever reason, in my 9-year old mind, it just didn’t sit right. I still can hardly look at beets on a salad bar. I just can’t with all those red juices.

A black cutting board with freshly roasted beets that have been peeled and sliced. www.mountainmamacooks.com

My husband loves beets. He’s always trying to convince me how good they are for you (I hear you, hon) but if I’m being honest, it’s been a hard sell. I’m all for making my man happy when I can and I’m all about expanding my pallet so I can honestly say I’m trying. So far I’ve discovered that I like roasted beets if their accompanied by a shit ton of feta cheese and a citrus-y vinaigrette. But maybe I just really like feta? I honestly like beets in hummus. And I can now say that I like pickled beets that I make in my own kitchen.

Salad bar beets will forever be a solid no no.

A close up of sliced beets that have been roasted and are being prepped for a quick pickle. www.mountainmamacooks.com

This particular recipe for pickled beets still have enough of a bite and they’re not overly soft. The brine is lovely and the color is lovelier. You won’t find me eating these right from the jar- that’s my husbands job- but I didn’t hate them.

Baby steps.

Multiple glass jars filled with beets, a bay leaf, and are ready to have a brine poured over them. www.mountainmamacooks.com

So now that I just gave you a full blog post on my relationship with beets, aren’t you dying to try this recipe? You really should. My beet loving mom and husband couldn’t get enough. You know where I stand. 🙂

Four mason jars filled with colorful beets. Sharing an easy recipe for quick pickled beets. www.mountainmamacooks.com

Thank you to Dixie Crystals for sponsoring this post. As always, all opinions and thoughts are my own. But, duh. You could probably know that already. Thanks for reading and have a great day! xo, Kelley

Beautiful golden beets. Five jars filled with a quick pickled beet recipe. www.mountainmamacooks.com


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Quick Pickled Beets

  • Author: Kelley


A quick and easy canning recipe for preserving beets!


  • 2 lb. beets, cleaned with 1-inch stem remaining.
  • 2 cups distilled white vinegar
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon black peppercorns
  • 46 bay leaves


  1. Get the full directions on the Dixie Crystals website.