Exceptional flavor is found in every bite of this wonderful pickle recipe. Simply delicious.

Ginger Watermelon Pickles
 
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Recipe type: Pickles
Serves: 6 Cups
Ingredients
  • 5 Cups white part of the watermelon rind
  • 4 Tablespoons salt
  • 6 Cups water
  • 4 Cups sugar
  • 2 Cups white vinegar
  • 1 lemon; thinly sliced
  • 2 sticks cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon whole allspice
  • 1 teaspoon cloves; whole
  • 2 whole preserved ginger **
  • 1 3-inch fresh ginger
  • 1 vanilla bean (optional)
Instructions
  1. Read "Canning Chutneys and Pickles" first.
  2. Peel the outer thin green skin off the whole watermelon first. (It is easier to cut off while whole.) Cut the watermelon into wedges and remove and reserve the pink flesh for another purpose (such as eating).
  3. Cut the white rind into 1-inch pieces and put into a large bowl. Sprinkle with salt and add cold water to cover. Soak overnight, at least 12 hours. Drain the pieces in a colander and rinse well with cold water.
  4. Place in a saucepan, cover with water, bring to a boil and boil for 10 to 15 minutes or until the flesh can be pierced with a knife.
  5. Drain in the colander.
  6. Combine the remaining ingredients in a large saucepan and bring to a boil. Cook 10 minutes, then add the rind and simmer gently uncovered for about 1 hour or until the rind is clear. Remove the fresh ginger.
  7. Ladle pickles and liquid into warm jars cleaned by the dishwasher method, leaving 1/4-inch space for expansion. Divide the lemon slices and spices among the jars. Secure with lids washed and heated according to directions.
  8. Screw on the lids and process in boiling water for 10 minutes. Remove onto towel or board and allow to cool, then store in a cool dark place. Label and decorate.
  9. ** NOTE: Whole preserved ginger is available at Asian grocers.

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