After Pat kindly posted her grandma's recipe, I decided to try my hand. Because I didn't have all the ingredients needed for Grandma Myrtle's recipe, I used part of it and part of Paula Deen's Pickled Watermelon Rind recipe to create my own.
The pickles are delicious! I never knew you could eat the white rind part by pickling it. Huh! So here's what I did:
I took one large watermelon, cut it into thick slices, peeled the hard green outer rind off, then carefully sliced off strips of the white inner flesh. I forgot to take photos of this process so I hope you can picture what I'm doing. Once I had strips of white flesh (it is okay to have some of the pink left) I cut them into chunks about 1 inch long. It doesn't matter if you end up with triangles and odd shapes, it all tastes the same in the end.
|Rinse Watermelon Rind|
After 8 hours I rinsed the white rind in lots of cold water.
Put the rinsed rind in a large pot and cover with water. It took about 4 cups of water to cover the rind. Bring to a boil and simmer for about 5 minutes or until the rind is tender.
I didn't have mustard seed so had to make do with the pre-made pickling spice I use for marinading rabbit. It worked fine!
I broke the cinnamon sticks in two and used 4. I think I would use fewer next time.
|Rind going into sterilized jars|
Once the rind was ready, I scooped it out with a slotted spoon and dumped it into the sterilized jars leaving about 1/4 to 1/2 inch from the top. I used 3 small jars and only had about 4 pieces of rind that wouldn't fit.
Then I poured the liquid vinegar-sugar mixture into the jars leaving 1/4 inch space at the top.
I left the jars overnight on the counter. I heard one of the lids pop as it was sealing and cooling so hopefully they all did!
Then I labelled the lids with the name of the pickles and the date. I tried one that didn't fit in the jars and even though it was warm it was delicious! I can't wait to serve one jar at Christmas as a relish or side dish.
All in all I'm pleased with these watermelon pickles. And I'm proud of my very first attempt at making preserves! I've never done it or seen it done as my mother was not into cooking at all. I might make some other pickles too as this was kind of fun.
Family Fun Day, and then cut the chewed part off. So that's why I cut the rind off first, then served the watermelon without rind. They didn't care and hubs was happy. To tell the truth, so was I.
See my post on making Watermelon Fruit Roll Ups with the nice pink-red watermelon flesh that's left. So yummy!
I also chunked some watermelon and other melons, then made these fruit cones you see on the left. An easy way to eat fruit without a bowl. But difficult to make the cones stand up and if you lie them down the fruit rolls out! I'll figure out a better way than Styrofoam cups for next time.