It has been a pretty hot and humid summer already. Especially with the heat wave that passed through the northeast last week. Here is a recipe to help give a refreshing taste to your palate to enjoy on those hot summer days. Watermelon rind is often discarded by most people after they remove the flesh for consumption. Pickling the watermelon rind is not only another way to get a nice tasty cool treat, but also reducing waste.
What you need:
Left over watermelon rind from one watermelon
A pot full of water
½ teaspoon of salt
4 cups of apple cider vinegar
2 cups of Trader Joe’s organic sugar or regular granulated sugar
2 tablespoons of whole cloves
½ teaspoon of mustard seeds
7 cinnamon sticks broken in half
2- Cut the watermelon rind into 1 inch cubes and place the watermelon rind into the pot of water. Add the salt to the pot.
3- Bring the water to a boil. Boil the watermelon rind until it is transparent. Remove the pot from heat and drain out the water. Place the cooked watermelon rind into a container.
4- In a separate pot add the apple cider vinegar and sugar together. Heat the mixture until the mixture is homogeneous (all the sugar crystals are absorbed).
5- Place the spices with the watermelon rind and add the vinegar-sugar mixture to the container.
6- Let the watermelon rind and pickle solution cool to room temperature. Then place the container in the fridge. Consume when cold.
* Ideas for serving*
1- Serve as is or cut into sticks to guests in small ramekins and toothpicks. You can choose to serve with or without the pickling solution. I prefer serving without the pickled solution.
2- As a gift idea, jar the watermelon rind with the pickling solution in mason jars. I decided to jar this in mini mason jars as a favor for a birthday party. You can find different sizes of mason jars at any craft store. Also remember to boil the jars and lids to sterilize them before adding the contents.
Be sure to remind guests to not consume the spices.