Willing Watermelon Rind Preserves

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9/21/2021 7:46:00 AM

Water you waiting for?

Don't throw away your watermelon rinds. Turn them into these sweetly sour preserves, which are a perfect accompaniment to roasted meats, cheese plates, and more.

3-4 tablespoons salt6-8 cups granulated sugar (or brown sugar, if you prefer)½ cup lemon juicegrated zest of ½ lemon1 heaping tablespoon ground gingerStep 1Wipe the watermelon all over with a damp cloth to remove any dirt before cutting. Working on a sturdy surface, cut the watermelon in half lengthwise. Use a large spoon or scoop to remove most of the watermelon. Leave about ¼ inch or less of the red inside the rind. Slice the rind into strips, then into pieces about ¼ inch or smaller.

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Step 2Dissolve the salt in 4 quarts of warm water, and pour it over the melon rind in a large bowl or pot. Let sit for at least 30 minutes. Drain and rinse the rind in cool water. Drain again and place the rind in a medium or large pot. Sprinkle the sugar, lemon juice and zest, and ginger over the rind, add 2 quarts of warm water, and place the pot on the stove on medium heat. Let cook, stirring occasionally to prevent sticking.

Step 3Cook until the watermelon rind is tender and clear, 20 to 30 minutes. Let cool. Handle with care, because the hot, sticky syrup can cause a bad burn. Mash the rind with a potato masher or fork to make the preserves spreadable. Follow the steps for processing in the Notes on Preserving, boiling for 10 to 15 minutes. headtopics.com

Notes on PreservingStep 4In the canning pot used for sterilizing the lids and the jars before they are filled, place enough water to cover the jars completely as it boils.Step 5Fill hot jars almost to the top with preserves. Wipe the rim of the jar with a cloth to be sure it is clean.

Step 6Place lids on the hot jars containing preserves and loosely tighten. Do not tighten the lids completely.Step 7After the jars are filled and the lids are on, you are ready to complete the process of sealing. You may use the same canning pot you used for sterilizing or a different, sterilized pot. Begin with 3 to 4 inches of water. Let it come to a boil, and then add the jars with fruit or vegetables. Add more hot water to cover the jars. Boil for the time recommended in each recipe.

Step 8For safety reasons, do not let the jars touch each other.Step 9After processing the jars of preserves in the water bath for the time indicated, remove them from the water and let them cool.FromCooking the Gullah Way: Morning, Noon, and Night Read more: epicurious »

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