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Water Melon Pickles

Water Melon Pickles

Rind Prep:
3 qts watermelon rind
3/4 cp salt
3 qts water
2 qts ice cubes

Pickling Medium:
4 1/2 cp honey*
3 cp white vinegar
3 cp water
1 tbsp whole cloves
1 thinly sliced lemon
6 1” cinnamon sticks

Pare pink and waxy green outer covering from the rind, leaving only the inner white rind behind. Cut into 1” chunks. Mix salt and water until salt is dissolved, and then add ice cubes. Cover the rind chunks and let rest 4 to 5 hours.

Drain and rinse the rind, then cover with cold water and simmer just until slightly tender.

Combine water, vinegar and spices (in a cloth bag), boil 5 minutes. Mix in honey, pour over the rind (do NOT remove the spice bag), and rest overnight.

Heat rind in the above mixture until boiling and simmer until the rind is translucent.

Pack hot pickles into clean, hot, pint jars. To each jar, add 1 piece of cinnamon from the spice bag. Top with pickling medium, then immediately seal via a boiling water bath.

* Honey can be reduced for a less sweet result.
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