This is an old recipe. Select melons with thick rinds. You will need to check with your local extension office for processing times.

Recipe Summary

prep:
30 mins
cook:
45 mins
additional:
8 hrs
total:
9 hrs 15 mins
Servings:
64
Yield:
4 pints
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Ingredients

64
Original recipe yields 64 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Peel off the green part of the watermelon rind, and slice into 2 inch pieces. Soak the rind in a solution of 1 gallon water and 1/2 cup salt overnight.

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  • Remove rind from the salt water, and place in a stockpot with clean water to cover. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat, and cook for about 30 minutes, or until the rind is tender. Drain.

  • In a large pot, combine the sugar, 8 cups water, and sliced lemons. Tie the cinnamon and cloves into a cheesecloth bag, and place in the pot. Bring the syrup to a boil, and boil for 5 minutes. Add the rinds, and cook until transparent. Remove spice bag. Stir in red food coloring, if using. Ladle preserves into hot sterile jars, and process to seal.

Nutrition Facts

119 calories; protein 0.2g; carbohydrates 30.3g 10% DV; fat 0.1g; cholesterol 0mg; sodium 733.3mg 31% DV. Full Nutrition
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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
04/27/2008
Thanks for the memories. My grandmother use to make these and I had never seen a recipe to try. She just us to make them and had never written the recipe down. The minute I tasted the preserves I went back in time. I followed your recipe I did have to cook a little longer. I sent some to my sisters and they had the same reaction. These are going to my Mom as a gift for Mother's Day and her birthday, along with some other baked goods, which will include bread to put these delicious preserves on. These will make her day, it sure did mine. I will keep this recipe to make every year. Thank you. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 1 stars
06/04/2009
this is a disaster..its not a good idea o soak the rinds in salted water.after it's done the taste was strange some sugary and also salty although i left the spices in it to give more flavor but it didnt help.we also make the same preserve here in turkey but we saok in lime and thts why it turns out crunchy.sorry but i didnt love this. Read More
(35)
24 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 12
  • 4 star values: 7
  • 3 star values: 1
  • 2 star values: 2
  • 1 star values: 2
Rating: 5 stars
04/27/2008
Thanks for the memories. My grandmother use to make these and I had never seen a recipe to try. She just us to make them and had never written the recipe down. The minute I tasted the preserves I went back in time. I followed your recipe I did have to cook a little longer. I sent some to my sisters and they had the same reaction. These are going to my Mom as a gift for Mother's Day and her birthday, along with some other baked goods, which will include bread to put these delicious preserves on. These will make her day, it sure did mine. I will keep this recipe to make every year. Thank you. Read More
(80)
Rating: 5 stars
12/28/2003
This is a good recipe for what has become an old favorite in my family. The only thing we do differently is to drop the food coloring in at the end. We dye half the jars red and half green. We also throw in thinly sliced lemons at the bottom of the jars. These are delicious sweet pickles. Read More
(60)
Rating: 5 stars
06/02/2011
For those of you who are not familiar with these or for those who have made them and left the comments about them 'not ever thickening up' for them; They really are not what you'd normally consider to be a traditional 'preserve'. These are actually what are also more often called 'Watermelon Pickles'. They are usually used as a type of condiment and eaten just like a 'regular pickle'. They are more similar to a sweet type of pickle that you would either snack on or eat along side of other kinds of foods than they are a preserve that you would traditionally use to spread onto some type of bread. Also they have more of a sweet & sour or tangy & spicy kind of flavor than they do a fruity type of flavor normally associated with a 'preserve'. As such in order to be fair to the recipe please try to keep all of that in mind when leaving your reviews. Here are some other helpful hints & tips that I hope you can find to be useful; Some of the other names that this recipe is usually called are Watermelon Candy Watermelon Pickles and/or Pickled Watermelon. Also if you'd like your Watermelon Pickles to have a bit more crunch to them soak them in Alum rather than salted water. It's also better to slice them into 2" long strips/chunks if you'll be eating them like a 'regular' pickle. Hopefully this will help to erase some of the confusion out there that has been caused due to the recipe's name. Try this recipe if you haven't done so yet and you WILL be pleasently suprised! Read More
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Rating: 1 stars
06/04/2009
this is a disaster..its not a good idea o soak the rinds in salted water.after it's done the taste was strange some sugary and also salty although i left the spices in it to give more flavor but it didnt help.we also make the same preserve here in turkey but we saok in lime and thts why it turns out crunchy.sorry but i didnt love this. Read More
(35)
Rating: 5 stars
05/01/2006
This was a very good and helpful recipe just in time for Easter. My sister brought a watermelon in with her and I put the left-overs to good use. The only thing I did different was to reduce the sugar by 1/4 cup and replace it with 1/4 cup of red sugar crystals. It added color and got rid of my extras from Valentine's day baking. Read More
(26)
Rating: 5 stars
09/05/2007
I was incredibly skeptical about making this but I got rave reviews. This recipe is a keeper! Thanks! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
06/11/2010
This is great stuff. I love watermelon rind preserves and I never could find a good recipe for them. My great great-grandmother had a cookie recipe that you make with these preserves and they worked out perfect. And for one of the previous reviews these preserves aren't supposed to "jell." Everything is supposed to stay runny and syrupy. Btw for best results soak in alum instead of salt water. Read More
(18)
Rating: 5 stars
08/25/2009
YUMMMMMMMY! We love this on hot buttered bread or biscuits. I used a bit more red food coloring and food proccessor to make it less chunky and more like apple butter texture. I froze the extra syrup to use as a starter for the next batch. Thanks! Read More
(18)
Rating: 4 stars
07/17/2009
Pretty tasty! Bumped it to 4 stars after I've had time to let the taste of them grow on me. Plus I think these things are LOADED with fiber! Can't complain in that dept. The rinds are delicately flavored and slightly sweet. There's something earthy about the way they taste...I can't put my finger on it. I didn't use a scale for my preserves (I just eyeballed it) and came up with 3 pints of preserves. The hardest part is just cutting up the rind. There was a lot of left over syrup which is technically just "simple syrup" so you could re-use it for any recipe that calls for that (like ice cream). This was fun and different thanks! Read More
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