Sweet & Sour Quick Pickled Beets

Sweet & Sour Quick Pickled Beets | Faith, Hope, Love, and Luck Survive Despite a Whiskered Accomplice

Life can’t always be sweet; sometimes it needs to have a little bit of sour thrown in as well. Heck, sometimes it seems like there’s a whole lotta sour and absolutely no sweet in sight. Never am I more reminded of this than today. It’s a Delawder Matthews’ tradition to go see Love Seed Mama Jump play each year at Herndon’s Friday Night Live! as a family and friend group outing.

Love Seed Mama Jump is celebrating 25 years of rocking out together, and I’m fairly certain that a lot of us have been around for most of those years. Tonight will be no exception. B.O.B. Bob and I will most likely wander downtown, with a sister or two in tow, hang out with some Herndon peeps, and get our groovy rock party started on what will hopefully be a gorgeous summer night. We’ll do all of this of course, while also embracing life’s sourness; not having my Big Bubba Matt along for the ride.

Last night, while talking to a friend about the loss of their father, I was reminded even more of life’s sour moments. When this friend referred to an experience as being one of the “firsts,” I knew exactly what they were talking about. Without trying to place my loss onto this particular friend, I couldn’t help but let them know that while the “firsts” truly do suck, the “seconds” don’t get any easier. All you can do is live through the sour, pray for the sweet, and hope like all Holy Hell you don’t cry too much in the process.

Tonight is bound to be one of those nights when sweet and sour collide; there’s not really anything to be done about it. Tears will be shed, eyes are sure to get blotchy, and mascara will most assuredly be running. It is what it is folks. All I can do is sit back, watch the music, spend time with friends and family, and remember all of the good times my Big Bubba and I had together. Y’all, there’s a whole lotta sweet in those memories. More than enough to chase away the sour.

Sweet & Sour Quick Pickled Beets | Faith, Hope, Love, and Luck Survive Despite a Whiskered Accomplice

Ingredients:

  • 6 Cups Diced or Sliced Beets
  • Cold Water
  • 2 Cups Red Wine Vinegar
  • 1 Cup Granulated Sugar (See Below)
  • 2 Tablespoons Kosher Salt
  • 1 Teaspoon Whole Allspice
  • 6 Cloves
  • 1 Cinnamon Stick, Broken in Half
  • 1/4 Cup Green Onions, Chopped
  • (Optional – Add 1 Cup Additional Granulated Sugar If You Prefer Sweeter Beets – These Are Very Sour, Which I Absolutely Love – It’s All About What You Prefer)

Sweet & Sour Quick Pickled Beets | Faith, Hope, Love, and Luck Survive Despite a Whiskered Accomplice

Directions:

  1. Place beets in a medium non-reactive pot, cover with water by 2 inches, and then boil until tender. This should take between 20 or 30 minutes, depending on the size of your diced or sliced beets.
  2. Drain the beets; set aside.
  3. In the same pot, bring the vinegar, sugar, salt, allspice, cloves, and cinnamon to a boil.
  4. Add the beets and onions to the boiling vinegar mixture and cook for 1 minute.
  5. Remove from heat and allow to cool completely before placing in glass jars and refrigerating.

Sweet & Sour Quick Pickled Beets | Faith, Hope, Love, and Luck Survive Despite a Whiskered Accomplice

Suggestions:

  • Wear an apron when working with beets or risk the chance of ruining your outfit.
  • A non-reactive pot is either stainless steel or enamel coated.
  • These beets will last approximately 1 to 2 weeks refrigerated.
  • I wait until serving to remove the allspice and cloves from the beets; this allows the beets to take on their flavor as much as possible.

Sweet & Sour Quick Pickled Beets | Faith, Hope, Love, and Luck Survive Despite a Whiskered Accomplice

Improvements:

  • These beets are super sour. If you prefer your beets to be more sweet than sour, add an additional cup of granulated sugar.
  • Add 1-teapoon of whole peppercorns to the vinegar mixture.
  • I’m a huge fan of this Kuhn Rikon Red Collapsible Colander; it will definitely be on my Birthday/Christmas list this year.

Kuhn Rikon Red Collapsible Colander

Sweet & Sour Quick Pickled Beets

Sweet & Sour Quick Pickled Beets

Ingredients:

  • 6 Cups Diced or Sliced Beets
  • Cold Water
  • 2 Cups Red Wine Vinegar
  • 1 Cup Granulated Sugar
  • 2 Tablespoons Kosher Salt
  • 1 Teaspoon Whole Allspice
  • 6 Cloves
  • 1 Cinnamon Stick, Broken in Half
  • 1/4 Cup Green Onions, Chopped
  • (Optional - Add 1 Cup Additional Granulated Sugar If You Prefer Sweeter Beets - These Are Very Sour, Which I Absolutely Love - It's All About What You Prefer)

Directions:

  1. Place beets in a medium non-reactive pot, cover with water by 2 inches, and then boil until tender. This should take between 20 or 30 minutes, depending on the size of your diced or sliced beets.
  2. Drain the beets; set aside.
  3. In the same pot, bring the vinegar, sugar, salt, allspice, cloves, and cinnamon to a boil.
  4. Add the beets and onions to the boiling vinegar mixture and cook for 1 minute.
  5. Remove from heat and allow to cool completely before placing in glass jars and refrigerating.
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I’ll be joining the Fiesta Friday Link Party today. This weeks co-hosts are Sandhya @Indfused and Nancy @Feasting With Friends. Head on over HERE to see what everyone else is bringing to the celebration.




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  • John doesn’t think he likes beets. I think this recipe would change his mind. I love them!

    • Colleen Delawder

      I think a lot of people hate beets…but usually for lack of eating them.

  • Love the addition of a cinnamon stick! Can’t wait to try this recipe. Thanks for sharing.

    • Colleen Delawder

      Cinnamon is always great with beets…I grew up with it.

  • Very well written. Life is sweet and sour for sure!
    I am a sucker for beets! These sound great!
    Thanks!
    Michelle

    • Colleen Delawder

      Thanks Michelle!

  • Sandhya Nadkarni

    Hi Colleen,
    Thank you for bringing the yummy beets to Fiesta Friday. We love beets and I can’t wait to pickle them with this recipe. Do you use these in sandwiches? I am drooling looking at your photos of the pickled beets 🙂

    • Colleen Delawder

      They haven’t made it into sandwiches yet…mainly salads so far…and just general snacking. They are almost all gone sadly! Next up, pickled onions!

  • I have a glut of beets and pickle some every year! there are so many ways to do it and your way sounds great. I have to admit I might add a bit of sugar, I like sour but not too much! Happy FF! 🙂

    • Colleen Delawder

      Thanks Petra…more sugar, less sugar, I’ll take them anyway I can get them!