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My Famous Pickled Golden Beets with Ginger and Star Anise

I just love this recipe for pickled golden beets with ginger and star anise. The brine is sweet with just a hint of spice, a beautiful compliment to the earthy flavor of golden beets. I made this along with a more traditional beet recipe, Tarragon Pickled Beets, to enter in a canning contest. When it came time to submit the entry, I couldn’t decide which one to use!

Pickled Golden Beets Recipe

Make this recipe with fresh beets, from the garden or market, that have been grown organically. I choose the largest beets I can find to cut down on peeling time as that is the most laborious part of the process, but baby beets would make lovely pickles as well.


  • 3 large golden beets
  • 1 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1 cup water (could possibly reduce this amount to ¾ or ½)
  • ½ cup maple syrup
  • ½ tsp canning salt
  • 2 whole star anise pods
  • 1 thumb of ginger, peeled and thinly slicedPickled Golden Beets

Make it!

Clean and trim beets. Cover with water in a large pot and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer until beets are tender, about 45 minutes. Rinse and cool. Using a vegetable peeler or scrubber, remove the skin and then cut the beets into 3/4” thick cubes. Pack chopped beets into 4-5 sterilized 250ml canning jars.

Add all other ingredients to a saucepan and bring to a boil, stirring regularly. Simmer uncovered for 10-15 minutes or until you have the depth of flavor you like. Immediately pour hot pickling liquid over beets leaving 1/4” of headspace.Pickled Golden Beets with ginger and star anise

Seal jars and process in a boiling-water canner for 20 minutes. Makes 4 or 5 x 250ml jars.

Spiced Pickled Golden Beets Recipe - heavenly

Like the labels? You can find them on my post on the Evermine blog.


  1. In the recipe directions you say “until sugar dissolves” but I’m not seeing any sugar listed. Did I miss something? Just see the maple syrup. Just have had golden beets once and loved them. I bought a bag today for roasting, but this pickle recipe looks great!

    • Hi Pam, no, you didn’t miss anything. I had originally used sugar for the recipe waayyyy back, but once I tried it with maple syrup I knew I had a hit! So, just dissolve the syrup. Thanks for your comment!

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