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countrylane blog
Joined: 5/14/2008
Location: Indiana
Posts: 168
Posted: Jun/19/2008 7:48 AM PST

Does someone have a recipe for making jelly or preserves using the white from watermelon rinds or just the watermelon? I am growing watermelons this year.
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Joined: 4/12/2008
Location: Southern California, USA
Posts: 229
Posted: Jun/19/2008 7:17 PM PST

Watermelon Pickles

4 qt Prepared watermelon rind
2 tb Salt
4 c White vinegar
8 c Sugar
3 Cinnamon sticks -- broken
1 tb Whole cloves
1 1" piece gingerroot (opt.)

To prepare watermelon rind, cut rind into 2- x 1-inch pieces. Trim green
skin and pink flesh from rind. Place prepared rind in large kettle and add
salt and enough boiling water to cover. Simmer until tender. Drain and
chill rind in very cold water at least 1 hour or overnight in refrigerator.
Combine vinegar, sugar and mixture of cinnamon, cloves and gingerroot tied
in cheesecloth. Bring to boil and boil 5 minutes. Drain watermelon rind and
add to syrup. Simmer until rind becomes translucent, about 10 minutes.
Remove and discard spices. Pack rind and syrup into hot sterilized quart
jars, leaving 1/4-inch head space. Adjust lids and process in boiling water
bath 20 minutes.

Makes 4 quarts
countrylane blog
Joined: 5/14/2008
Location: Indiana
Posts: 168
Posted: Jun/24/2008 7:10 AM PST

Thankyou, Canned Nerd! What do they taste like? Pretty good?
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Joined: 4/12/2008
Location: Southern California, USA
Posts: 229
Posted: Jun/24/2008 8:29 AM PST

Everyone makes them so I guess they are good. I haven't make them personally yet.
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Location: Lancaster, SC
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Posted: Jun/25/2008 2:48 AM PST

Oh, lawsy, YES, they are good. I don't use the cinnamon, though. Peeling the watermelon is a tough job, but they are delish. I haven't made any in a while, but my daughter gave me eight jars for Christmas that she found in an out-of-the-way specialty shop because you just can't buy them anymore. Believe it or not, I ate some with my hot dog just last night!
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