Pickled Watermelon Rind

Sauces and Condiments.
This sweet pickle makes an unusual addition to a relish tray. 

 Pickled Watermelon Rind


Quantity Ingredients
1 large watermelon (about 25 pounds)
2 tbsp salt
3 cups granulated sugar
2 cups cider vinegar
1 piece fresh ginger, 1/2-inch long, peeled
1/2 tsp ground mace
2 small cinnamon sticks
1 lemon, thinly sliced


1. Cut watermelon in half; remove flesh and seeds. Using a metal spoon, scrape rind to remove all traces of pink. Cut rind crosswise in 1-inch-wide strips. Using a vegetable peeler or a small, sharp knife, peel the green skin from the rind. Cut away any bruises or bad spots. Cut rind into 2-inch lengths. 2. In a large nonreactive bowl, combine salt and 1 gallon (16 cups) cold water. Add rind; let soak in brine overnight. Rinse rind two or three times in fresh cold water, and drain well. 3. Combine sugar and vinegar in a large nonreactive pot, and heat until sugar is dissolved. Fold an 8-by-16-inch piece of cheesecloth in half to make a square; rinse, and squeeze dry. Place ginger, spices, and lemon on the cheesecloth. Tie cloth closed with one end of 12-inch piece of kitchen twine. Tie a loop in the other end, and slip it over the handle of a wooden spoon. Suspend spice bag in the vinegar syrup by placing the spoon across the top of the pot. Add rind to the pot, and return to a boil. Reduce heat, simmer for 30 minutes, and let sit overnight. Discard spice bag. 4. Wash seven 1-pint (16 oz.) canning jars, lids, and screw bands with hot, soapy water, and rinse well. Place jars upright on a wire rack in the bottom of a large pot. Fill pot with hot water until jars are submerged by 1 to 2 inches, and bring to a boil. Boil for 15 minutes. Turn off heat, leaving jars in water. Sterilize lids according to manufacturer's instructions. 5. Using stainless-steel tongs, remove jars from water, and place on a layer of clean towels. With a slotted spoon, transfer rind to jars, leaving 3/4-inch of space beneath the rim. Pour hot syrup over rind, covering it by 1/4-inch and leaving 1/2-inch of space beneath the rim. Slide a clean plastic chopstick or wooden skewer along inside of each jar to release any air bubbles. Wipe mouth of jar with a clean, damp cloth. Place hot lid on jar; turn screw band firmly without forcing. 6. Place a wire rack in the bottom of a large pot, and fill partway with hot water. Using a jar lifter, place jars upright on rack. Add enough hot water to cover by 2 inches, and bring to a boil. Boil for 10 minutes. Remove jars from water bath; let stand on clean dishtowels for 24 hours. Check cool jars for the slight indentation in the lids that indicates a vacuum seal. Jars that do not seal properly or that leak during processing should be stored in the refrigerator and pickles consumed within a week. Allow sealed pickles to mellow in a cool, dry place for 2 to 3 weeks. Store opened jars in the refrigerator. 

Source: Martha Stewart Living website at http://www.marthastewart.com