Mr. Food: Amish Pickled Beets

The great thing about beets is they’re available all year long, and while they are quite versatile, pickling them is the most popular way to cook this colorful veggie. It’s no wonder! The flavors in this recipe go great with salads, on a sandwich, or just as a snack on their own! So grab a pot, boil some water, and start slicing, ’cause this Amish Pickled Beets recipe is one you won’t want to miss!

What You’ll Need

  • 10 fresh red beets
  • 2 teaspoons salt, divided
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1 cup water

What to Do

  1. Trim the leafy tops off the beet stems, leaving 2 inches of stem. In a large saucepan, place beets in enough water to cover. Add 1 teaspoon salt and bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Reduce heat to medium, cover, and cook 35 to 40 minutes or until fork-tender.
  2. Drain beets, allow to cool slightly, then wearing plastic gloves, (so your hands don’t turn purple) slip off the skins and cut into 1/4-inch slices; discard remaining stems. Return sliced beets to the pot and add remaining salt, the sugar, cider vinegar, and 1 cup water. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat and cook 2 to 3 minutes or until warmed through.
  3. Transfer to a glass serving dish or jar; cover, and chill overnight before serving.

Test Kitchen Tip

  • After simmering the beets, the skins easily slide off by gently pinching them. After you do it once, you’ll be amazed how cool it is!