Watermelon Rind Pickles
Move over traditional pickles, sweet pickled watermelon rinds are the new way to satisfy pregnancy cravings. Easily made using leftover watermelon rinds, they can be enjoyed as a condiment along side your favourite cheese or on top of a juicy grilled burger or just eaten as a tangy midnight snack.
8 cups water
2 tablespoons coarse salt
5 cups peeled watermelon rind (leave a thin layer of pink), cut into 1/2 x 2 inch pieces
1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
1 cup cider vinegar
1 teaspoon colored peppercorns
8 whole cloves
1/2 teaspoon pickling spice
2 long slices of fresh gingeroot
In large pot, bring water and salt to boil over medium high heat. Add rind pieces and boil until tender, about 5 minutes. Strain. Transfer rinds to a large metal bowl.
In saucepan, combine sugar, cider vinegar, peppercorns, cloves, pickling spice and gingerroot. Bring to a boil over medium high heat, stirring until sugar dissolves. Simmer for 15 minutes, until slightly reduced. Pour over watermelon rinds in bowl. Place plate over top to keep rinds submerged in liquid. Cover and refrigerate for one day. Transfer to a glass jar and keep sealed in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks.
Makes about 4 cups (1 L).