Watermelon Rind Pickles - Just Fruit Recipes

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Watermelon Rind Pickles

7 lb Watermelon rind
7 c Sugar
2 c Vinegar
1/2 t Oil of cloves
1/2 t Oil of cinnamon

Trim off dark green and pink parts of watermelon rind; cut in 1-inch cubes or cut with small biscuit cutter. Soak in lime water (1 tablespoon slaked lime to 1 quart water) or in salt water - 1/4 cup salt to 1 quart water; drain; rinse and cover with cold water. Cook until tender but not soft; drain. Combine sugar, vinegar, oil of cloves, and oil of cinnamon; heat to boiling; pour over rind. Let stand overnight. In the morning drain off sirup; heat and pour over rind. Repeat. The third morning, heat rind in sirup; seal in hot, sterilized jars. The oils of cinnamon and cloves keep the rind clear and transparent. Makes 8 pints.

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