Pickled Baby Beets

Choose the smallest baby beets you can find -- they should be about the size of very large olives. Or, use a paring knife to whittle larger ones to the desired size.

  • Yield: Makes 8 to 10 garnishes

Source: Halloween 2009, 2009


  • 3/4 cup distilled white vinegar
  • 3/4 cup water
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1 tablespoon coarse salt
  • 1 teaspoon whole black peppercorns
  • 10 juniper berries
  • 2 bunches baby beets (8 to 10), peeled


  1. Combine all ingredients, except beets, in a small saucepan, and stir until sugar is dissolved. Add beets and bring to a boil; reduce heat and simmer very gently until beets are tender, 25 to 30 minutes, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat. Transfer to a small heatproof container; keep beets submerged.


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