Spiced Watermelon Rind

Linda Kauppinen


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!


★★★★★ 1 vote

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  • 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.
  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.

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About Spiced Watermelon Rind

Main Ingredient: Fruit
Regional Style: Southern
Dietary Needs: Vegetarian
Other Tags: For Kids Heirloom

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