Tarragon Pickled beets

Tarragon Pickled Beets

Here is a small batch of pickled red beets that will be gone in a flash. If you choose to make enough to stock the pantry, they taste even better after a few weeks.

Tarragon Pickled beets


  • 3 large red beets
  • 3/4 cup white wine vinegar
  • 3/4 cup white wine
  • 3/4 cup water
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar
  • 1 tsp fresh chopped tarragon
  • 2 whole cloves
  • 1 bay leaf


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 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 until sugar is dissolved. Simmer uncovered for 10-15 minutes or until you have the depth of flavour you like. Immediately pour hot pickling liquid over beets leaving 1/4” of headspace.

Seal jars and process in a boiling water canner for 20 minutes.


About the Author : Stephanie RoseAn artistic gardener aiming to feed the body & soul through an urban potager garden & a community veggie plot in Vancouver.View all posts by Stephanie Rose

  1. yumgoggle
    yumgoggleJuly 23,12

    Love the vibrant color! This is a great way to serve beets.I love the idea for holiday gifts and giveaways…How long will the canned beets be kept on storage by the way?
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  2. Liz
    LizJuly 23,12

    I have a friend who just loves beets! Her father, in part, used to farm beets. She might like this recipe. I’ll pass it along to her.

    • Stevie
      StevieJuly 23,12

      That’s great, Liz. Thanks for sharing.

  3. zentMRS
    zentMRSJuly 23,12

    Beautiful color!!

  4. Bee Girl
    Bee GirlJuly 23,12

    These sound wonderful! I’m looking for a new pickled beet recipe so I will definitely be giving this a try :-)

  5. Stoney Acres
    Stoney AcresJuly 23,12

    Great looking recipe! Thanks we will be trying it this fall when our next batch of beets are done!!

  6. maryhysong
    maryhysongJuly 24,12

    these sound really wonderful! the wine in there sounds intriguing, I’ve never tried wine in pickling before.

  7. Anu@MyDreamCanvas
    [email protected]August 9,12

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  8. Amy Jeanroy
    Amy JeanroyAugust 30,12

    Beautiful! My dh just loves beets. Sadly, I am lacking that gene. Every jar I can, it truly a labor of love, since he is the only one who eats them. :-)
    Thanks for the great new recipe. He is going to love them.


    Amy J

  9. Misty
    MistyAugust 20,15

    Do I strain the spices out before pouring the liquid in the beets?

    • Stephanie
      StephanieAugust 20,15

      No, leave the spices in! It will just get tastier over time.

  10. Lita Watson
    Lita WatsonJune 22,17

    The color of the dish looks so amazing! Do you think we can replace 1/3 cup brown sugar by 1/6 cup honey in this recipe? Can i use dried tarragon or a substitute of it for this dish?

  11. Cynthia J Nessel
    Cynthia J NesselAugust 3,17

    How long will they stay for on the shelf/ in storage and/ or do they need to be refrigerated?

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