Beets can be traditionally canned and pickled. However, this is a quick refrigerator pickling recipe for beets.
Wash fresh beets thoroughly.
Prepare beets for slicing by removing the tops and the root.
Slice the beets thin with a mandolin.
Prepare the pickling brine. Add Vinegar, Water, Sugar, Salt, and optional spices to a sauce pot. Simmer until sugar is dissolved.
Add the sliced beets to a 1 quart mason jar. Pour the brine over the beets. Allow the beets to cool.
Seal the jar and place the beets in the refrigerator for about 1 week. The beets need ample time to soak up the pickle flavor. I like to initially and throughout the week, shake the jar to be sure the beets aren't sticking together.
This recipe could also be made without the sugar.