Watermelon Pickles - Just Fruit Recipes

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Watermelon Pickles

4 lb Watermelon rind (outer green peeled, pink pulp removed)
2 qt Cold water
1 tb Slake lime
2 tb Whole allspice
2 tb Whole cloves
1 qt Vinegar
1 qt Water
3 1/2 lb Sugar
6 Pieces stick cinnamon

Remove all pink pulp from rind and peel. Weigh. Cut in 1-inch cubes. Combine cold water and lime; pour over rind. Let stand 1 hour. Drain. Cover with fresh cold water. Simmer 1 hour or until tender. Drain. Tie spices in cheesecloth. Combine vinegar, remaining water and sugar. Heat until sugar dissolves. Add spice bag and rind. Simmer gently 2 hours. Add green vegetable color to your taste. Pack rind in hot sterile jars. Fill with boiling hot syrup. Seal.

Yield: approx. 12 half pints.

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