How long should you wait before opening pickled beets?


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The marinating time for pickled beets varies by recipe, but pickled beets should typically sit for 2 to 7 days before opening. Refrigerate the beets after opening.

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Pickled Beets

Pickled beets are easy to make, and they work well in salads or as a side dish. For a faster process, pickle the beets in jars in the refrigerator. To store the pickled beets for longer periods of time, can them in jars and refrigerate after opening.

Prep Time: 30 min.

Cook Time: 1 hr. 15 min.

Ready In: 2 to 7 days


  • 6 medium beets, cleaned
  • 2 large shallots
  • 2 sprigs rosemary
  • 2 tsps. olive oil
  • 1 cup tarragon wine vinegar
  • 1 1/2 tsps. Kosher salt
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 cup water

  1. Roast the beets
  2. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F and mix together the beets with the shallots, rosemary and olive oil. Put the beets in a foil pouch and bake for 40 minutes.

  3. Prepare the beets
  4. After the beets are roasted and cooled, peel off the skin and thinly slice. Distribute the beets between two 1-quart jars.

  5. Prepare the pickling liquid
  6. In a small pot, bring the tarragon wine vinegar, salt, sugar and water to the boil. Pour the hot brine over the sliced beets and allow the jars to cool to room temperature. Tightly screw on the lids.

  7. Refrigerate
  8. Place the prepared jars into the refrigerator and allow the jars to sit for 2 to 7 days before eating.

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