Canning Pickled Beets - Knowledgebase Question

Fort Wayne, IN
Question by maynjean
August 30, 2000
What causes the canned pickeled beets to turn gray after a few months?

Answer from NGA
August 30, 2000


According to the National Food Safety database web site, there are several possible reasons for clouding including possible yeast growth and spoilage (not safe!), or using table salt instead of pickling salt, or using hard water can also cause clouding. You might find their trouble shooting page helpful:

Here are their instructions for pickling, which you might also find helpful.

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