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Watermelon Pickles

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Ingredients
  Watermelon rind 7 Pound (Prepared, 30 Pound Melon Depending On Rind Thickness)
  Salt 1⁄2 Cup (8 tbs)
  Sugar 6 1⁄2 Cup (104 tbs)
  Vinegar 2 Cup (32 tbs)
  Water 1 Cup (16 tbs)
  Whole cloves 1 Tablespoon
  Cinnamon stick 1
  Cassia buds 2 Teaspoon
  Lemon 1 , sliced paper thin
Directions

Prepare rind by cutting into inch strips.
Slice away pink flesh, peel off the green rind, then cut strips neatly into diamonds, squares or triangles.
Add salt to water, stir to dissolve, pour over the rind that is in an enamelware bowl.
Brine should barely cover melon.
Cover bowl and let stand overnight.
Next morning rinse in several cold waters.
Drain and turn into an aluminum or enamelware preserving kettle.
Barely cover melon with cold water, cover and heat to boiling, reduce heat and simmer until rind is tender when pricked with a fork (from 40 to 60 minutes), the time depending on thickness of rind.
Turn again into colander to drain.
Make syrup by heating 5 1/2 cups of sugar, vinegar and 1 cup water to boiling in same kettle.
Add drained hot rind, heat to boiling, reduce heat, and simmer uncovered about one hour or until melon begins to take on transparent appearance.
Add spices last ten minutes of cooking.
Remove from heat, cover and let stand overnight.
Drain off syrup, add lemon slices and remaining sugar.
Reheat to boiling, and again pour over melon.
Cover, let stand again overnight.
Drain off syrup, heat to boiling.
Pour over rind packed in hot sterilized jars.
Seal, process 10 minutes in boiling water bath.

Recipe Summary

Method: 
Boiled
Ingredient: 
Watermelon
Servings: 
150

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