Watermelon Rind Pickles

Watermelon Rind Pickles

This recipe application for watermelon rind pickles is the finest thing you can do with a watermelon besides greasing it up and chasing it around the pool.

Watermelon Rind Pickles

  • Rind from a watermelon 5 pound watermelon (approximately 2 pounds)
  • 1 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1 cup water
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 2 ounces candied or crystalized ginger chunks (1/4 cup)
  • 4 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon red pepper flake
  • 1 teaspoon allspice berries
  • 1 star anise pod
  1. Scoop out melon leaving about 1/4-1/2 inch of red flesh.
  2. Peel off outer green with vegetable peeler and then cut into 1-inch cubes.
  3. Bring the apple cider vinegar, water, sugar, ginger, salt and spices to a boil over medium-high heat in a medium saucepan (2-quart). Hold the boil for 60 seconds then carefully add the watermelon. Return to a boil and turn off the heat. Remove the pan from the heat and cool for 30 minutes.
  4. Move the pickles to a 2-quart jar using a canning funnel and ladle. Pour on as much of the pickling juice as possible. Cover the jar and leave at room temperature for another one and half hours.
  5. Refrigerate overnight and consume within a month. These pickles must be refrigerated.

Great as a side with grilled dishes or as salad tossed with crispy, crumbled bacon and served over greens.


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  1. 1
    David Warner

    I’ve made these numerous times. Always wonderful, but the time I tossed a Ghost pepper in the jar before putting them in the fridge was the best. I had a lot of requests for both the recipe and finished product. ๐Ÿ˜‰ Thanks AB!

  2. 3
    Nel S.

    I’ve made these twice. Can’t remember, but I probably used some of the red pepper. However,black pepper berries are very compatible with the other spices and they add some pleasant heat. I also used fresh ginger and cinnamon sticks.

  3. 5

    I have made watermelon spears .they are great .chunks. not !ginger and Anis.is the only difference !the are so good !I’m trying this on my spears this time !I’m all in !have the melon need the ginger and anise! And canit wait !

  4. 7
    Deb Steady

    A hot water bath version of this with correct processing time would be so very appreciated. It appears others have requested this also. It’s the best and most unique recipe out there. I would surely like to share these tasty morsels in holiday gift baskets, so a dressed up jar of processed watermelon rind would be perfect.
    A completed canning recipe for all of us is in order.
    Please & thank you Alton dear. ๐Ÿ˜‰

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