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Pickled watermelon rind?

Post  JustMe on 7/10/2012, 3:33 pm

We have a watermelon in the fridge, and I was thinking I could make pickled watermelon rinds out of it. Except, I've never seen it or eaten it in person. So I'm not really sure why I want to try making it, except that I A) have a watermelon and B) now know how to can. Razz

Is the outside green skin is peeled like a carrot? Do you just cut away all of the pink part with a knife down to the rind?

Can the rinds be saved in the fridge until you're ready to pickle them? (It'll take a couple of days for our family to eat an entire watermelon.)

How do you eat the finished pickled rinds? Is there a traditional way to serve it or kind of food to eat with it?


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Re: Pickled watermelon rind?

Post  rowena___. on 7/10/2012, 3:56 pm

most recipes that refer to watermelon "pickles" are not tart, they are sweet.

i use a vegetable peeler to take off the green part, and a knife to take off any remaining pink (we tend to eat them down to the white so there isn't usually much to trim). if i need to hold them for a while, i put them in a salt brine in the fridge. if i need to hold them for more than a few days, i put them in a bag in the freezer.

once you have made a batch and tasted them you'll know what you'd like to serve them with. i like them as a treat.

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Post  greatgranny on 7/10/2012, 4:07 pm

Okay, you are making my mouth water. When I was a child I had an aunt that made watermelon pickles. Yes, they were sweet. Given that watermelons and cucumbers are Cucurbitaceae they could be pickled in the same way.

My Mom's 14-day sweet pickles were a family favorite. Loved to watch the progress over the 14 days.

Yes, by all means, make them. Such a waste to throw out the rinds when they could be a nice condiment instead.

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Post  Triciasgarden on 7/10/2012, 9:19 pm

Wow, I have never thought of doing that! I have heard of pickled watermelon rind but honestly didn't think it would be good! Now I am interested! Thanks for the post JustMe and how to prepare the rind Rowena!

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Post  JustMe on 7/10/2012, 9:29 pm

Cinnamon Watermelon Rind Pickles

That's the recipe I've been looking at.


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Post  greatgranny on 7/10/2012, 10:19 pm

@JustMe wrote: Cinnamon Watermelon Rind Pickles

That's the recipe I've been looking at.


That sounds pretty close to the ones that my aunt made. Yummy.

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Post  rowena___. on 7/11/2012, 9:44 am

somewhere else in the forum i posted my recipe for watermelon candy.

i also dehydrate at least two full melons each year. big chunks shrink down to bite size pieces, and they are so sweet that i can only eat one or at most two at a time. they are our main christmas candy.

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Post  greatgranny on 7/11/2012, 10:35 am

@rowena___. wrote:somewhere else in the forum i posted my recipe for watermelon candy.

i also dehydrate at least two full melons each year. big chunks shrink down to bite size pieces, and they are so sweet that i can only eat one or at most two at a time. they are our main christmas candy.

What a great idea. If you find the recipe please post a link on this thread. Would love to use something like this if I have left over melon.

So dehydrated melon becomes a candy?

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Post  rowena___. on 7/11/2012, 11:59 am

i can't post a search result from this machine (tablet, not computer), but if you use the forum search engine at the top left of the screen it should come up.

the watermelon doesn't turn into candy per se--it isn't boiled and has no added sugar--but it is what WE enjoy for candy.

it is part of a family philosophy of health and intentionality. in general we don't eat treats that we don't make at home. it is just easier that way. when we want something special, making it ourselves turns it into an event, and that makes the whole "treat" aspect of it last longer. we don't use boxed mixes, and we don't buy pre-made goodies unless there is some extenuating circumstance. so when we want real candy, we get out a pan and boil the sugar and add the flavorings and we make it by scratch. when we want cake, or bread, or cookies, we get out the recipe books and the pans and the ingredients and we make them, start to finish, in our own kitchen.

in this way, treats become precious enough that we don't squander them. it has also made it easy for my child to learn to self-regulate because she knows that when something special is gone, there won't be more without her contribution to the effort.

and thus, dried fruits are our candy. the great thing about dried watermelon is that it really SEEMS like candy--it becomes almost like a gummy bear, chewy and unbelievably sweet--and all i have to do is slice it and leave it in the dehydrator for a day. (you can do the same with any sweet melon--my husband prefers honeydew or cantaloupe, both of which are FANTASTIC as a topping in a salad with vinaigrette dressing.)

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Post  memart1 on 7/11/2012, 12:05 pm

I hope Santa brings me a dehydrator -- early if possible !!

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Post  rowena___. on 7/11/2012, 1:06 pm

ok, i see where the confusion is. Smile

there is a recipe for making watermelon candy which is a cooked watermelon RIND and it is much like a traditional candy in that sugar is boiled and the rind is sugared. then there is dehydrated watermelon, which is one of the things my family eats as a candy. for us, having a summer fruit in the middle of winter is as much a treat as having ice cream! (which we also make from scratch, but not from raw milk).

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Post  walshevak on 7/11/2012, 1:16 pm

Shred the watermelon rind and use a lemon marmalade recipe substituting 1/2 melon for lemons. Even my Irish ex who ate orange marmalade almost exclusely liked it on toast.

Also makes a good chutney base.

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Post  greatgranny on 7/11/2012, 1:25 pm

I so can relate to the "homemade" foods. I hate most cakes that are made from a box, etc. My homemade ones are the ones that my grown children remember from their childhood and they sometimes request that I make one for a family gathering.

I think I'll try the dehydrated melon. Sounds like a great treat for the winter, as you said.


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Post  greatgranny on 7/11/2012, 1:27 pm

@walshevak wrote:Shred the watermelon rind and use a lemon marmalade recipe substituting 1/2 melon for lemons. Even my Irish ex who ate orange marmalade almost exclusely liked it on toast.

Also makes a good chutney base.

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