Fermented Beets Recipe

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With this fermented beets recipe, you get the best of both worlds: delicious pickled beets flavor with probiotic benefits. 

Fermented beets recipe

Fermented beets recipe

Fermented beets are one of our favorite probiotic foods, along with pickles and relish. This fermented beets recipe is mild and tangy, and is a great introduction to ferments.

Some other of our favorite fermented foods are this fermented carrots recipeeasy kimchi recipe, and these fermented cranberries

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Naturally fermented beets

Beets are powerhouses of nutrition, and they’re powerful cleansers (source). I find that almost anyone enjoys them pickled. When they’re naturally fermented, you get the flavor that comes with a pickled beet recipe, and beneficial bacteria. 

Ingredients and supplies

I recommend using organic beets for the best nutrition. Also, I find that conventional produce has a tendency to mold more easily when fermented, while organic produce doesn’t mold so easily. Homegrown beets are the absolute best. 

My favorite salt for fermenting is Celtic sea salt. This is a high quality mineral salt that adds a lot of flavor and nutrients. 

I like to make this recipe in quart mason jars. You can use regular metal canning lids. Or, if you’re in the market for fermentation lids, check out my fermentation lids review here

Naturally fermented beets

Fermented beets recipe directions

Ingredients:

Instructions: 

  1. Bake the beets at 300 degrees in oven for three hours.
  2. Once the beets have cooled, slice them to about 1/4 inch thickness. (Don’t cut beets too small, or they will ferment too quickly, which can produce alcohol – not the kind of ferment we’re going for.)
  3. Put beets in quart mason jar.
  4. Add 2 TBSP mineral salt and spices or other flavoring ingredients, if using.
  5. Fill jar to shoulder with filtered water. Make sure beets stay submerged. Use a fermentation weight if desired. 
  6. Put metal canning ring lid on jar tightly, or use another type of fermentation lid
  7. Let beets ferment at room temperature for about 3 days, then move to refrigerator.

How to naturally ferment beets

Flavoring ideas

You can keep the beets plain, or you can add a variety of different spices for spiced fermented beets. Just one of these ingredients is great, or you can combine two or three for fun flavor combinations. Here are some ideas:

  • Cardamom pods
  • Cinnamon
  • Ginger
  • Orange
  • Garlic
  • Dill
  • Cumin
  • Basil

You can also ferment beets along with other good fermenting vegetables, like carrots and cabbage. 

How to make fermented beets

Spiralized fermented beets

Since it’s best to not have the pieces of beet too small, I don’t recommend spiralizing beets for fermentation. If the beets are cut too small, they can ferment too quickly, which leads to alcohol creation. That’s not the kind of fermenting we’re after here!

Fermented beets benefits

Are fermented beets good for you? There are some great health benefits from fermented beets. Like I mentioned above, beets have many wonderful nutrients. They are powerhouses of vitamins and minerals

Like with other fermented vegetables, there are even more benefits of beetroot and beetroot juice when the beets are fermented. Fermentation makes nutrients more available, and more abundant. Another way I like to enjoy fermented beet benefits is by making fermented beet kvass. 

Are pickled beets the same as fermented beets?

Canned pickled beets don’t have the living, beneficial bacteria that fermented beets have. The high temperatures from canning don’t allow probiotic bacteria to live. 

When fermented beets are allowed to sit at room temperature, beneficial bacteria multiplies, creating wonderful flavor, and lots of probiotic goodness. 

Natural fermented beets

How long do fermented beets last?

If you keep them submerged and in the refrigerator, homemade fermented beets last a long time. I’ve had them in my refrigerator for months. 

I like growing a bunch of beets in my garden each year and fermenting them to preserve them through the winter. 

What do fermented beets taste like?

Fermented beets taste tangy, in a mild way. They’re not as sour as sauerkraut, for example, but they do have a nice zesty flavor. Their mildness makes them a great choice for someone who is new to fermented foods. 

Fermented beets

More easy fermentation recipes

Pickles

Zucchini relish

Sauerkraut in a crock

What is your favorite way to eat beets?

Have you tried fermenting them? What spices do you like to use? Share in the comments!

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Yield: 1 quart

Fermented Beets

Fermented beets recipe

With this fermented beets recipe, you get the best of both worlds: delicious pickled beets flavor with probiotic benefits. 

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 3 hours
Additional Time 3 days
Total Time 3 days 3 hours 10 minutes

Ingredients

  • About 12 medium organic beets, tops removed
  • 2 TBSP mineral salt 
  • A few cardamom seed pods (optional, or other flavoring ingredients; see ideas below) 
  • Filtered water

Instructions

  1. Bake the beets at 300 degrees in oven for three hours.
  2. Once the beets have cooled, slice them to about 1/4 inch thickness. (Don't cut beets too small, or they will ferment too quickly, which can produce alcohol - not the kind of ferment we're going for.)
  3. Put beets in quart mason jar.
  4. Add 2 TBSP mineral salt and spices or other flavoring ingredients, if using.
  5. Fill jar to shoulder with filtered water. Make sure beets stay submerged. Use a fermentation weight if desired. 
  6. Put metal canning ring lid on jar tightly, or use another type of fermentation lid. 
  7. Let beets ferment at room temperature for about 3 days, then move to refrigerator.
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