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    Watermelon Rind Pickles

    As for the watermelon rind pickle recipe you will find below, you may be shocked. They're actually quite good! These make a unique and novel gift - or you could make a huge batch and sell them at a local flea market with samples laid out for your booth visitors. They'll buy them up - once just for the novelty, but twice for the great tasting pickles these make.

    This recipe makes 3 pints and requires the rind of one medium watermelon.

    Ingredients:

    8 cups prepared rind
    1/2 cup pickling salt (coarse)
    8 cups cold water
    3 cups white granulated sugar
    2 cups white vinegar
    5-6 cinnamon sticks
    Prepare The Rind

    Remove dark green peel from watermelon.
    Cut rind into rectangular pieces approximately 1"x2" until you have 8 cups of rind strips.
    Layer rind and salt in a stainless steel bowl or pickling crock.
    Soak 12 hours.
    Drain and rinse twice in cold water, then place rind and 8 cups cold water into a stainless steel saucepan and boil until fork tender (10 minutes). Drain again.

    Prepare The Solution


    Combine sugar, vinegar and broken cinnamon sticks in a saucepan and bring to a boil, reduce heat but keep at a slow boil for one hour.

    ...And Can

    Immerse glass mason jars in boiling water for 10 minutes.
    If using self-sealing lids boil as well for 5 minutes.
    Into hot (now sterilized) jars distribute rind strips and add pickling solution to within 1" of jar top.
    Wipe jar rim before securing lids.

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    My husband LOVES these. His stepmom used to make then for him, and now that she is gone, I make them. I just made a batch of 9 pints and have some more rind to peel and prepare.

    Shelly

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    Be cautious. That process is old, unsafe, and definitely not "canning". It requires a Boiling Water Canner processing of the filled jars.
    I used to eat a lot of natural foods until I learned that most people die of natural causes.

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    My recipe always calls for processing these in a boiling water bath. I do not follow old recipe instructions that do not call for processing the jars-you' re right , it is not safe.
    Shelly

 

 

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