RE: Search for Pickled Watermelon rind
Hi LuncheoNette -
I made this for my Grandmother every summer.....Here is the basic recipe which she loved....I have made it for my family with different variations in the spices, but this is the one she loved.
WATER MELON RIND PICKLES
Cut crisp watermelon rind in 1 inch pieces.
For 1 gallon of rind: Mix 2 cups lime in 2 gallon of water, add rind and soak in crock (porcelain or glass) overnight. Next day, drain off lime water and soak in clear water 2 hours, then wash in fresh water at least 3 times.
Cook in clear water until transparent, then drain. Cook 5 cups sugar, 6 tablespoon mixed pickling spices (in bag), and 3 pints white vinegar. Bring syrup to hard boil and add green or red coloring if desired. Add syrup to well drained rind and cook another 5 to 10 minutes. Pour into sterilized jars and seal.
NOTE: Cut all pink away from rind and all outer hard rind. Use a thick rind if possible. These are beautiful gifts at Christmas, especially for the elder loved ones.