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Watermelon Rind Pickles
1 large watermelon -- Rind of
10 cups sugar
4 cups vinegar
8 teaspoons whole cloves
16 Cinnamon sticks
1 teaspoon mustard seed
Green or red food coloring -- optional
Remove all green rind from melon.
Cut in 1" cubes.
Soak overnight in solution of 4 Tbsp. salt to 1 quart water. Drain. Cover with fresh water and cook until tender. Drain again.
Heat sugar, vinegar and spices tied in a bag to boiling point and allow to set 15 minutes.
Add drained rind and cook until clear and transparent.
Add food coloring if desired.
Pack rind into hot sterilized jars. Cover with syrup but leave 1/2" headspace. Seal.
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