Pickles are literally one of my favorite foods. I’ve eaten them since I was a kid. As a night-time snack ever since I can remember, I would get a cupful of 20 small Spanish green olives and a pickle spear or two. This always confused those around me since I didn’t eat much of anything.. but pickles and olives? Yes.
And still yes. I’m still a fan. I try more exotic olives now and I’ve tried a few other pickles, but dill is a classic favorite that is always in my fridge.
Watermelon is another food I’ve loved my whole life, but I would never have imagined I could marry the two and make PICKLED WATERMELON RIND!?
A coworker gave me a giant watermelon from her garden, and I wanted to use every last piece of it! I sliced the watermelon, and ended up with a ton of the unused, bright green, beautiful rind. I had only heard about pickled watermelon rind on TV, I’d never actually tasted it, but I thought, “Why the hell not? Let’s pickle and take pictures!”
I researched some recipes and found a good one from food.com and one from Martha Stewart that I referenced. I cut most of the rind into small chunks, trying not to make them thicker than an inch. Then I thought maybe I should LEAVE some of the green rind, as long as it’s a thin layer — like pickled cucumbers. So I finished cutting the rest of the rind by just slicing it thinly and leaving some green rind on the edges. Here’s an idea of how the thin sliced watermelon rind looked — you can also see the small rectangle shaped ones mixed in.
I had about 1.5 lbs of trimmed rind, but would have come out with much more if I wasn’t worried about the green outer-layer. And I recommend not to worry about trimming it off, because the one’s with the rind turned out better! When you get done trimming it up, place it in a large bowl to brine. Boil 1/2 cup salt with 2 qt. water and cover the chopped rind. Brine overnight.
Rinse rinds with fresh water and drain.
Add 2 cups water, 1 1/2 cups white or apple cider vinegar (I used 1 cup white and 1/2 cup apple cider vinegar), 2 cups sugar, 3 cinnamon sticks, 1 thinly sliced lemon, and 1-2 tablespoons pickling spice in a large saucepan and bring to a boil. Add your rind little by little to the mix and bring back to a boil.
Lower heat and simmer for about 15-20 minutes (the smaller and thinner the rind-slices are, the less amount of time this will take). Scoop out rinds, add to jars, and cover with the remaining syrup from the bowl. Seal, and place in refrigerator.
I was so happy with the way that these turned out! Even my non-pickle-liking boyfriend had more than a few. I went into this not knowing what to expect, but came out of it with a new, super-delicious, pickl-y treat. I love the summer!
- Boil salt and water together and cover sliced watermelon in a large bowl. Let stand in refrigerator overnight.
- Remove and rinse well.
- Add water, vinegar, sugar, pickling spice, cinnamon sticks, and lemon slices into large saucepan. Bring to a boil for 5 minutes and slowly add the rinsed rind. Bring back to a boil and reduce to a simmer. Simmer 15-20 minutes (depending on the thickness). (When they start turning a white and slightly transparent, they are ready to add to the jars.) Pack in jars and cover with syrup from saucepan.
- Close jars and refrigerate.
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