Recipe by KERYNE
"Watermelon pickle is made using the white part of the watermelon's rind. It is delicious by itself as a winter treat or as a condiment with turnip greens or turkey and cornbread dressing. Home canning is a delightful cooking experience, but requires equipment such as a canner (very large pot), a rack for the jars to rest in, and the jars and lids. I recommend following the home canning guidance in the 'Ball Blue Book of Preserving' to obtain precise instructions on how to sterilize jars and guarantee results that are tasty and safe."
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(1-inch) cubes watermelon rind
white vinegar (5% acidity)
white sugar, or more to taste
maraschino cherries, halved
lemon, thinly sliced
1-pint canning jars with lids and rings
These pickles have a very complex flavor. Everyone at one of our family gatherings just loved them. I will probably make them again. I just need more watermelon rind.
It has great potential and probably I did something wrong the first time, but the amount of water & salt seemed very excessive. I cut back by half the second time and ooh-la-la. I agree with an earlier poster - use fresh spices for the canning. I doubled the spices in the jars the second time & added some whole allspice. And I have experimented, adding some pineapple chunks and dried cranberries a few times. Nice. This is *really* is a great base recipe, I've enjoyed it and I can see doing a lot with it as time goes on. Thanks for sharing, Keryne.
First and last time growing watermelons in So Cal. Only got ONE watermelon from a jungle of vines (squirrels got two other ones! #($@) So I was determined to make the very best of that darn melon.
This recipe was clear and easy. However, peeling a watermelon resulted in me inventing new swear words. I'm lucky I still have all my fingers. Not a fun process. BUT...the taste of this recipe is delightful. I actually would be willing to use it again on a Farmer's Market organic melon.
This was my first experience with canning. The watermelon rinds tasted like sweet pickles and the juice had a very nice flavor. The only thing that was unclear to me was whether to use fresh cinnamon and clove in the jar or use the spices in the cooked packet. I used the spices that I prepared for the packet, but next time I will use a fresh cinnamon stick and clove for the jar. This was a good recipe and I will certainly try it again.
After trying several other pickled watermelon rind recipes (some from this site), I finally found one that replicated the tangy, sweet flavor that I remembered from my childhood. I have made it several times, and have made only one alteration to the recipe as written: I did not cook the rinds 45 minutes, only about 20 minutes and they were plenty soft. Try to get a melon with a thick rind which is easier to "peel"…the small seedless varieties tend to have thin skins and are harder to prepare.
Excellent. I thought i was doing something wrong and wasn't going to have enough liquid to fill the jars with the pickles, but it worked.
I omitted the clove/cinnamon in the jar, but added a little extra cinnamon and about 1/8 tsp of nutmeg to the pot while boiling (step #3).
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
Serving Size: 1/24 of a recipe
Servings Per Recipe: 24
Amount Per Serving
** Calories: 136
** Calories from Fat: 4
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