Watermelon Rind Pickles


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My grandmother would make the most delicious watermelon rind pickles. After we ate the watermelon my grandmother would take the rinds and make a sweet and crunchy pickle from them.  We would eat the pickles like many kids would eat candy, to us it was a treat. This year I have decided to make my own sweet watermelon pickles. I was so pleased that these crunchy delights were as good as I remember from my childhood.

This is how I made my pickles

Hope in every season
After I removed the red part of the melon I cut the rind into strips
After removing all the red and green part from the rind I put them in a pickling lime solution.  This lime solution makes the pickles crispy.  I mixed one gallon of water with one half cup of pickling lime and let the rind soak for two hours.  I used Mrs. Wages Pickling Lime




Its okay to leave a small amount of pink on the rind but if you leave any of the green on it will be tough.

While the rind was soaking I collected the rest of my ingredients.  Four cinnamon sticks, approximately one tablespoon whole cloves, and a fresh ginger root from my garden. I cleaned the ginger and chopped into four pieces.  I put the cloves in a spice bag for easy removal after cooking.

After a couple of hours I removed the rinds from the lime water and rinsed the rinds three times in fresh water.  I let the rinds soak in fresh water until I mixed the remainder of the ingredients.

In a large nonreactive pan ( I used my enamel canning pot) I measured six cups of white vinegar and 6 cups of white sugar.  I added my spices and my rinds and cooked for about twenty minutes on med high heat.

While I waited for the rinds to cook I placed my jars in a large pot of hot water and let them sterilize by letting the water boil for ten minutes.  I then added my lids and rings to the water with the jars. 

After about twenty minutes the rind turned from white to a clear look.  I then took a hot jar from the pot and filled it with pickled rinds and the hot liquid.  Not long after I filled the jars I starting hearing the pop or ping as each jar sealed. The next day I checked to make sure all the jars had sealed. After the jars seal they can be stored in the cabinet.   I put several jars of my pickles in the fridge because they taste better cold. 

 Please be sure to follow the USDA guidelines for canning for food safety. This is how I can pickles but please checkout the guidelines if you are a first time canner.





I was pleased with my watermelon rind pickles and I hope you will try this recipe. 

Here is a list of ingredients I used

12 cups of sliced watermelon rinds
one gallon water
1/2 cup pickling lime
6 cups white vinegar
6 cups white sugar
4 cinnamon sticks
1 ginger root cleaned and sliced
1 tablespoon whole cloves placed in spice bag.


I know that each time I eat one of my pickles I will think of my grandmother and all the special times we had together.  


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22 comments:

  1. My grandma used to make the best watermelon rind picked, too. Also some amazing dill. Oh they were so good. I have made watermelon rind pickles once. Turned out pretty good. And we enjoyed every sweet-tart bite. My biggest problem - finding a watermelon with an adequate rind. So much of what is sold locally is seedless. Most rinds just way too thin to mess with. But I will keep looking for the seeded variety - and enjoy eating the incredible melon. Such a problem! :-)

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    1. Linda I thought the same thing about the seedless melons but this was a seedless and the rind was just thick enough. You are right when you described the taste as a sweet-tart.

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  2. They look yummy and I have had some before too, they are kind of sweet and tart and refreshing.

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    1. I love to crochet. I checked out your blog and will be visiting it more -- So many cute things there

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  3. Wow! This is new to me. I love it. We will be giving this a try this year. Thanks! Stopping by from The Grand Social :)

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    1. I enjoy the variety of blogs at your party Thanks for having me

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  4. I think this is SERIOUSLY the coolest thing I've ever seen. I love the idea of using up the leftovers and I can only imagine these are DELICIOUS! I've never had much luck pickling things, but you give a great step-by-step instruction. Thanks for this awesome post. :)

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    1. I hope you will give pickling a try ? You will be surprised at all of things you can pickle

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  5. Oh wow, this looks delicious! And so homey and old-fashioned, too! I want to try it!

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  7. Looks really good. I do remember watermelon rind pickles.

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  8. My grandma made these too! I haven't had them in so many years; makes me miss her even more. Thanks for linking up at Wonderful Wed. Blog Hop. Carrie, A Mother's Shadow

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    1. Sure does bring back good times when something reminds me of my grandmother I enjoy your blog

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  9. I have never had this my dad had a garden and grew everything but no pickles will have to try them thanks for sharing visiting from friendship friday have a great weekend

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    1. I hope you will try them and enjoy them

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  10. My grandma and then my mom used to make these, too! They are wonderful! Thanks so much for sharing on Busy Monday!

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  11. Just pinned and will be sharing on FB later today!! My Mom loved these!!

    Hugs from Freedom Fridays

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  12. I've never tried watermelon rind pickle, they sound great. Thanks for linking up to Sweet and Savoury Sunday, stop by and link up again. Have a great day!!
    Laura@Baking in Pyjamas

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  13. I've always wanted to try these. I haven't tried one, so I hesitate to can a bunch. Thanks for sharing. Hello from Fabulously Frugal Thursday.

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