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Watermelon Rinds and why would anyone think they're good?

I preserved watermelon rinds last year during canning season. Now I have numerous jars that I have no idea what to do with. We don't like them from the jar like pickles. Any recipe ideas?

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  1. So, you preserved them knowing you wouldn't want to eat them as is but had no idea what you would do with them?

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    1. re: Cherylptw

      No, not quite. I tried canning for the first time last year and went "a bit" overboard. Everything I canned turned out quite well but I am stuck with these watermelon rinds. My daughter is a watermelon junkie and when she saw the recipe she begged me to make them. In a moment of weakness I agreed. (Gotta know when to pick you battles!)

    2. What are they like?

      My parents made them - I recall slightly spiced, quite sweet pickle.

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      1. re: paulj

        They are very sweet with a vinegary taste. I was thinking of sauteing them and using them in a salad.

        1. re: 02putt

          My parents' ones were more on the sweet side, but I've bought ones that were more vinegary. We never cooked them. We just ate them like a condiment. One Thanksgiving I made up a dish of quince paste (Spanish membrillo), these pickles, and Manchego cheese. I think their role in a meal should be more like that of cranberry sauce or chutney, than say, a dill pickle.

      2. Haha, you know my first thought? Find out if your local nursing home takes home-canned donations, lol!! I'm sure they wouldn't, but watermelon-rind pickles are a nostalgia food for a certain generation. ;)

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        1. re: LauraGrace

          obviously I'm not from that generation then. Free day to myself tomorrow no hubby and no kids. I am determined to come up with a recipe. Will keep you posted or my death notice shall read...died suddenly from a pickle rind overdose.

          1. re: LauraGrace

            I think that's a great idea. My grandmother used to make them, and for a while my mother did too. They were just set out on the tray with all the other pickels and relishes. I personnally don't like pickles of any stripe much, so I can't really comment.

            My Mom is sad that people don't seem particularly interested in the pickle/relish tray any more.

          2. No Seriously....I CRAVE these. My mom use to make hors d'ouvres out of them in the 70's. Very popular. Take sliced italian salami stuff with cream cheese and a small slice of pickled watermelon, roll up and secure with a toothpick. Awesome!

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            1. re: EAH

              sounds yummy! I can see why the saltyness of the salami would work well. Thanks

            2. I had never had the pickled watermelon rinds and bought some from a market this past summer. I was disappointed because they were so different from the watermelon rind preserves I had as a child. I have half a jar left and have been wondering what would be a good use of them.