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Watermelon Rind Pickles

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Ingredients
  Watermelon rind 1 Medium (From 1 Medium Watermelon)
  Non iodized salt 1⁄2 Cup (8 tbs)
  Water 10 Cup (160 tbs)
  Cinnamon sticks 9 (3 Inch Each)
  Whole cloves 1 Tablespoon
  Sugar 4 Cup (64 tbs)
  White vinegar 2 Cup (32 tbs)
Directions

1. On day before canning, trim and discard thin dark-green outer skin from watermelon rind. Cut rind into 1-inch pieces to make about 14 cups. In very large bowl, dissolve salt in 6 cups water; add rind. (If necessary, add more water to cover rind.) Cover and refrigerate.
2. Next day, drain rind; rinse with running cold water; drain. In 10-quart Dutch oven over high heat, heat rind with water to cover to boiling. Reduce heat to low; simmer, uncovered, 30 minutes; drain. Tie cinnamon and cloves in double thickness of cheesecloth. In same Dutch oven, combine sugar, vinegar, 2 cups water, spice bag, and rind. Over high heat, heat to boiling. Reduce heat to low; cover; simmer 1 hour, stirring often. Meanwhile, prepare jars and caps for processing
3. Discard spice bag. Ladle simmering mixture into hot jars to 1/4 inch from top. Close jars as manufacturer directs. Process jars in boiling-water bath 10 minutes; cool jars and test for airtight seal

Recipe Summary

Cuisine: 
American
Method: 
Boiled
Restriction: 
Vegetarian

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