Pickled Watermelon Rind

Serve this classic Southern favorite as an accompaniment to cheese and crackers, or enjoy it alongside a sandwich or hamburger.

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  • Servings: 8
Pickled Watermelon Rind

Source: Everyday Food, July/August 2007

Ingredients

  • 1 pound watermelon rind (from a 3-pound piece watermelon)
  • 3 tablespoons plus 1 teaspoon coarse salt
  • 1 1/2 cups cider vinegar
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 2 tablespoons pickling spice

Directions

  1. Using a vegetable peeler, peel outer skin and tough green layer from watermelon rind; cut rind into 2-by- 1/2-inch strips.

  2. In a medium saucepan, combine 5 cups water with 3 tablespoons salt; bring to a boil. Add rind. Cook at a rapid simmer over medium-high until crisp-tender, about 5 minutes. Drain, and transfer to a heatproof bowl (reserve saucepan).

  3. In reserved saucepan, combine vinegar, sugar, pickling spice, remaining teaspoon salt, and 1 cup water. Bring to a boil, stirring to dissolve sugar and salt; pour hot liquid into bowl with rind. Use a small plate to submerge rind into liquid. Let cool to room temperature. Transfer to a container; cover and refrigerate in liquid at least 2 hours and up to 2 weeks.

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