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Post  herblover on 5/28/2012, 12:00 pm

Did my first canning of the season this morning; Gingered Watermelon Rind Relish. The recipe is from a book called "The Locavore's Kitchen" by Marilou Suszko. I heard her speak at a gardening event in March and bought the book. I would highly recommend it; lots of good info on picking, preparing and preserving fruits/veggies as well as info on meat/dairy/grains grown in a sustainable way.
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Post  rowena___. on 5/28/2012, 12:34 pm

that sounds really delicious! i've been saving my watermelon rinds in the freezer to make candy for christmas but i might have to divert some for relish.
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Post  herblover on 5/28/2012, 4:37 pm

What kind of candy can you make from watermelon rinds?
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Post  rowena___. on 5/28/2012, 5:37 pm

i make it by boiling the whites twice--first in a clear water, then in a brine for about 10 minutes. then i put them in a heavy syrup with some mint or basil, and boil them until they are soft. i use a slotted spoon to put them on a piece of parchment paper and sprinkle them with sugar, and dry them in the dehydrator until they are stiff enough to hold their shape. you can make them in the oven if you prefer.
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Post  RoOsTeR on 5/28/2012, 5:48 pm

herblover wrote:Did my first canning of the season this morning; Gingered Watermelon Rind Relish. The recipe is from a book called "The Locavore's Kitchen" by Marilou Suszko. I heard her speak at a gardening event in March and bought the book. I would highly recommend it; lots of good info on picking, preparing and preserving fruits/veggies as well as info on meat/dairy/grains grown in a sustainable way.

I LOVE watermelon rind pickles We may be needing the recipe here...or at least a picture please cyclops

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Post  walshevak on 5/28/2012, 7:00 pm

Watermelon rind makes a nice marmlade as well. Can't tell you exactly how I made them, about 30 years ago, but I know I had to use an lemon marmalade receipe. Mixed shredded watermelon rind and lemons.

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Post  rowena___. on 5/29/2012, 10:39 am

walshevak wrote:Watermelon rind makes a nice marmlade as well. Can't tell you exactly how I made them, about 30 years ago, but I know I had to use an lemon marmalade receipe. Mixed shredded watermelon rind and lemons.

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now i have ANOTHER use for watermelon rinds! thank you, kay!
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Watermelong rinds...

Post  mmathedrader on 5/29/2012, 11:55 am

I might just have to plant some watermelon now. What great ideas!
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Post  herblover on 5/29/2012, 1:13 pm

I'll try to remember to take and post a pic; I am not so great at that! I will check the book re:copyright and post the recipe if I can do so.
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