Watermelon Rind Pickle - Just Fruit Recipes

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Watermelon Rind Pickle

10 lb Peeled watermelon rind *
1 g Powdered lime **
10 lb Sugar
2 1/2 qt Vinegar
1/3 Pk Mixed pickling spices
1/2 Pk Whole cloves

* About 1 large melon. Use a melon with rind at least 1 inch thick. ** From drug store - NOT gardening center!!

Peel rind and cut into 1 1/4-inch squares. Soak overnight in 1 gallon water with lime powder. Drain and rinse well. Boil in slightly salted water for 20 minutes. Drain. Boil together sugar, vinegar and spices until sugar is dissolved. (Tie spices in a muslin bag if you want to remove them before canning.) Add rind and cook slowly for a little over 1 hour. Put in sterilized jars and seal. If there is not enough syrup, make a mixture of equal parts sugar and vinegar cooked together until sugar is dissolved. Distribute equally among the jars. Makes about 5 pints.

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