Sweet and Sour Refrigerator Pickled Beets

People keep telling me that beets are an acquired taste. Apparently I acquired a taste for them early in life since I’ve always liked them – even the pickled ones in the jar. I don’t however like the mess beet juice makes. Be smarter than I was the day I fixed these. Do not wear a white shirt and use food safe gloves if you have them.

This is a quick marinade to give your beets a nice tang without the trouble of pickling. I like to peel, slice, and marinate them while still warm because I think it helps them slurp up the flavors. If you have a some really good hot peppers, slice one in half and add it to the jar. These are delicious in salads with a little Gorgonzola on top.


  1. Anabel Stuvet
    March 19, 2018

    Trying these today, do they keep in refrigerator longer than five days

    • jfoster
      March 19, 2018

      If you keep them cold enough, they should last a few weeks. Let me know how they turn out.

  2. Mare
    July 7, 2018

    Instead of roasting the beets (it has been too hot to heat up the house), I put them in cold water and let them boil then simmer with a bay leaf, a garlic clove, some whole cloves, salt, pepper, and about a quarter tsp. of allspice. When they were done, I added some of the cooking water to the cider vinegar & sugar. I am in love, and like you, was always a fan of pickled beets, even as a wee ‘un. Thank you for this easy recipe!


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