Watermelon Rind Pickles

Makes a large batch of pickles

Ingredients

Seedless red watermelon rind with a touch of red flesh left on (entire watermelon)
1 cup salt
1 teaspoon alum powder (pickling preservative for crispness/totally optional)
1 quart cold water
3 cups white distilled vinegar
2 cinnamon sticks
15 cloves
3 cups sugar

Directions

In a large mixing bowl combine the salt and cold water and mix or whisk until all the salt dissolves. Pour the mixture over the rinds in a large flat vat or container, making sure all rinds are covered. Cover the container with something to push the rinds down into the liquid and let stand for eight hours. Drain the pickled rinds and rinse and soak in a clean cold water bath. In the meantime in a large sauce pan bring the vinegar and spices to a boil. Add the clean rinsed rind and 1 cup of sugar and bring back to a boil. Remove from heat and allow to cool. When the mixture is cool add one more cup of sugar and place back on burner and bring to a boil. Remove again from heat add sugar and allow to cool. Place back on heat and add the final cup of sugar. Allow to cool.

*Recipe property of Polo Dobkins

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