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spiced watermelon rind

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a recipe by
Linda Kauppinen
Greenwood, FL

When everyone else tosses their rind, our family pickles it! Oh what a treat this is during the holidays and it's always gone after the first of the new year. To me, it has a taste of Christmas about it. This does not taste like watermelon at all but more like a sweet relish! If you have never tried it, now is the time!

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method Stove Top

Ingredients For spiced watermelon rind

  • 5 lb
    watermelon rind (cut in 2" chunks, each with about 1/4" strip of pink watermelon fruit)
  • 1/2 c
  • 2 qt
  • 5 c
    granulated sugar
  • 2 c
    apple cider vinegar
  • 1 1/2 c
  • 1/8 tsp
    oil of cloves
  • 1/8 tsp
    oil of cinnamon

How To Make spiced watermelon rind

  • 1
    Place watermelon chunks in large dishpan or crock.
  • 2
    Combine salt with 2 quarts of water and pour over the watermelon. Let it set overnight.
  • 3
    Drain and rinse with fresh water and then drain again.
  • 4
    Place watermelon in a large saucepan, add fresh water and cook until tender. Drain.
  • 5
    Meanwhile, combine sugar, vinegar, 1 1/2c water and spices. Bring to a boil and pour over the cooked and drained watermelon. Let it set overnight.
  • 6
    Drain watermelon, reserving the syrup. Bring the reserved syrup to a boil and pour over the watermelon. Let it set again overnight. Repeat this process for 3 days.
  • 7
    On day 3, cook the watermelon and syrup together for 3 minutes. Then pour into hot sterilized jars and seal using cold bath method.