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Watermelon Pickle

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Watermelon Pickle

Although it takes time to make these spicy, translucent-amber pickles, the enticing scent of simmering spices rewards you while you work. Actually the recipe is quite simple — the hardest part is just peeling the rind.

Yield: Makes 4-5 pints.

Ingredients

  • 1 medium-size watermelon
  • 8 cups sugar
  • 4 cups vinegar
  • 4 tablespoons crushed stick cinnamon
  • 4 tablespoons whole cloves

Instructions

Remove the pink, ripe part of the melon for another use, such as a fruit cup. Cut the rind into 3/4-inch-wide slices, remove outer peel, and then cut slices into small squares of about 1 inch. Cover with water and cook until tender. Boil sugar and vinegar 10 minutes. Add spices tied in a cheesecloth bag and simmer about 1 hour. Add drained watermelon pieces and simmer another hour. Remove spice bag and pour watermelon and syrup into hot sterilized jars. Cap and store in a cool place.
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