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Spiced Watermelon Pickles recipe

Before putting into jars, a few drops ofred or green food color make this an attractive and deliciousaddition to a Christmas menu.

Recipe: Spiced WatermelonPickles

Rind of 1 large watermelon
About 1 quart water
1/4 cup kosher salt8 whole cinnamon sticks — broken up
1 tablespoon whole cloves
1 tablespoon allspice berries
1 quart cider vinegar
8 cups granulated sugar

  • Peel and remove all green and pink portionsfrom rind. Cut into 1-inch cubes. Place cubes in a large cookingpot, add 1 quart water, or enough to cover cubes, and the salt;stir to mix well. Cover and set aside to soak overnight.
  • Next morning, drain and cover cubes withfresh water. Cook cubes over medium heat until almost tender.Drain.
  • Tie the cinnamon sticks, whole clovesand allspice berries in a cheesecloth to form a spice bag.
  • In a large saucepan, combine the vinegarand sugar and bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Add thespice bag and simmer, uncovered, for 15 minutes. Remove fromheat and allow to stand for 15 minutes, then remove spice bag.
  • Add the drained watermelon thesyrup. Cook over medium-low heat until the rind turns clear.
  • Pack into sterile jars and seal accordingto manufacturer’s instructions.

    Yield: 6 pints.

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