Watermelon Rind Pickles

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Serves: Makes about 4 cups.


8 c water
2 Tbsp coarse salt
5 c peeled watermelon rind, cut in 1/2" x 2" pieces (*leave a thin layer of pink)
1 1/2 c granulated sugar
1 c cider vinegar
1 tsp colored peppercorns
8 whole cloves
1/2 tsp pickling spice
2 long slices fresh ginger root

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Anytown, WI
Member Since Oct 2010
S' notes for this recipe:
I found this recipe last night while going through one of my aunt's old recipe books. I have a couple of watermelons in the fridge right now, and I love pickles, so I'm going to give this a try this weekend. I'll post a picture when they're done.

(Syi's "Disclaimer": I've heard of these before from some of my older southern relatives and they say that they're good. It's a unique recipe and I figured it wouldn't hurt to share it, but I apologize in advance as again...I haven't tried them just yet.)
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In a large pot, bring water and salt to a boil over medium high heat. Add the watermelon rind and boil until tender, about 5 minutes or so. Strain & place the rinds in a large stainless steel bowl.
In a small saucepan, combine the sugar, cider vinegar, peppercorns, cloves, pickling spice and ginger root; stir to blend. Bring to a boil over medium high heat, stirring until the sugar dissolves. Once the mixture comes to a boil, lower the heat and simmer for 15 minutes, until it's slightly reduced. Pour over watermelon rinds in bowl. Place a plate over the top to keep the rinds submerged in the liquid. Cover and refrigerate for one day. Transfer to a glass jar and store the sealed jar in the refrigerator. These will keep for up to 2 weeks.

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user S I SyiLuvsPastries - Oct 28, 2011
Shirlie Ingram [SyiLuvsPastries] has shared this recipe with discussion groups:
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user Colleen Sowa colleenlucky7 - Oct 28, 2011
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user Colleen Sowa colleenlucky7 - Oct 28, 2011
Hi Shirlie... I added a photo of my watermelon rind pickles for you... xo
user Pat Duran kitchenchatter - Oct 28, 2011
These are so good I use them in my recipe for Sullivan's Restaurant chicken salad recipe. So good.
user Colleen Sowa colleenlucky7 - Oct 28, 2011
Hi Pat! Where is Sullivan's Restaunt? My maiden name was Sullivan.. xo

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