Watermelon Rind Pickles Rewind

Watermelon Rind Pickles Rewind

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Watermelon Rind Pickles Rewind

Watermelon Rind Pickles Rewind is a recap of the recipe I shared with you in late summer. Personally, I feel that watermelon rind pickles are more of a southern favorite than a northern favorite. Why do I say that? No one I know or have asked, has ever heard of  watermelon rind pickles. Very popular in the southern states, watermelon rind pickles can be found on tables at every occasion from backyard bbq’s to church picnics.

watermelon rind pickles rewind

New to Us

In August of last year, I decided to ‘can’ Watermelon Rind Pickles for the very first time. I was first introduced to watermelon rind pickles when I worked at the Cracker Barrel Old Country Store. This recipe for watermelon rind pickles was found in a cookbook called: “Like Grandma Used To Make” by Reader’s Digest for Taste of Home. In my August post, I stated that I would be serving the watermelon rind pickles during our Thanksgiving Day Dinner but our plans changed at the last minute. So on New Year’s Eve we decided to open a jar. Not knowing what to expect, we each sampled a piece.

watermelon rind pickles rewind

Sweet, Crisp and Fruity

The watermelon rind pickles didn’t taste anything like a pickle. As you might expect. Nor did they taste anything like a watermelon. Which you might also expect. The flavor of these watermelon rind pickles is similar to that of an apple or a pear, a cross between the two really. In my humble culinary opinion. Watermelon Rind Pickles have a texture that is crisp but very tender and soft not mushy. They have a natural sweetness, almost like applesauce. I’m not sure if all watermelon rind pickles taste this way, but this recipe made a very sweet, crisp, tender and delicious “pickle” Would I make this recipe again? Most definitely!

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Watermelon Rind Pickles

Different and Delicious

Course: Canning, Pickles
Cuisine: All-American
Keyword: canning, pickles, watermelon
  • 5 pounds watermelon rind
  • 6 cups water
  • 1/3 cup pickling salt
  • 3 cups sugar
  • 1 1/2 cups white vinegar
  • 1 1/2 cups water
  • 2 tablespoons pickling seasoning, make a bouquet garni
  • juice from 2 lemons
  1. Cut the green and pink parts from watermelon rind; discard green and pink parts. Cut the white part of the rind into 1-inch pieces; measuring 9 cups. Transfer the rind to a large bowl. Combine the 6 cups water and pickling salt; pour over watermelon rind (add more water, if necessary, to cover rinLet stand at room temperature for 8 hours or overnight. Drain; rinse rind.
  2. In a large Dutch oven, cover watermelon rind with cold water. Bring to a boil. Lower heat and simmer, covered, for 20 to 25 minutes or until tender. Drain.
  3. In a 6-quart to 8-quart kettle or Dutch oven, stir together the sugar, vinegar, the 1-1/2 cups water, and pickling bouquet garni. Bring to a boil. Lower the heat and simmer, uncovered, for 10 minutes.
  4. Add the watermelon rind and lemon juice to the kettle. Bring to a boil. Lower the heat and simmer, covered, for 25 minutes or until rind is clear. Discard bouquet garni.


Recipes On Tap

Watermelon Rind Pickles and Watermelon Radish Salad. For canning directions go to: Watermelon Rind Pickles. 

For this recipe we used Morton Pickling Salt. After all, when it rains, it pours:)

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8 thoughts on “Watermelon Rind Pickles Rewind”

  • Just out of curiosity, where are you located? I find it interesting how many recipes I see on Pinterest that people claim is “a Southern thang”, or originated there, that my Mother, Grandmother and Great-Grandmother made, pickled watermelon rind being one of them, and I doubt that any of those fine ladies ventured farther south than the Wisconsin border. and I’m 75. I think many recipes and cooking methods came with our ancestors from the Old Country, mine all were from Germany. The rinds I remember (We called them watermelon pickles) had a bit more spice, cinnamon, clove, etc., in them. We loved them, by the way, and thought of them like a dessert pickle. Perhaps the Southern ladies were just smart enough to continue these great tasting treats long enough for a younger generation to remember them.

    • Hello Butch,
      I’m located in the Lakewood/Townsend area but I lived in Appleton for 50 years:) That sounds so “Old” I’m German from my dads side and Dutch from my mom. I’ve never heard of watermelon pickles until I worked at the Cracker Barrel Old Country Store. I think way back when, people used every part of fruits, vegetables etc. People didn’t waste food back in the olden days:) We made a lot of pickles, and sauerkraut when I was growing up. Thanks so much for dropping by today, I’ve enjoyed your comment. Lynn

  • How fun!!! Although I wouldn't be able to discard the pink parts…would have to eat those! 🙂 Thank you for swinging by Snickerdoodle Sunday!! Hope you'll come back later this week with your latest makes & bakes!

    Sarah (Sadie Seasongoods)

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