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Easy Refrigerator Pickled Beets

Fresh beets are abundant at the grocery store and farmer's markets this time of year. They may be beautiful -- but just what do you do with them? These pickled beets will last for weeks in the fridge and taste delicious! 

Author Emily Weeks, RDN, LD


  • 1 lb fresh beets
  • 3 strips orange peel
  • 1 Tbsp mixed pickling spices
  • 1 Tbsp brown sugar
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup red wine vinegar
  • pint size mason jar for refrigeration


  1. Remove leaves on beets and scrub clean. Leave root and one inch of stem on beets. 

  2. Place beets and all other ingredients (except vinegar) in a large pot and cover with water. Bring to a boil.

  3. Cover and reduce to a simmer for 30 minutes or until beets are fork tender. Drain and reserve cooking liquid. Strain spices. 

  4. Let the beets cool, then peel and dice. Add the beets to a large mason jar and cover with the cooking liquid. Stir in the vinegar. Cover and refrigerate.