Watermelon Rind Preserves

Watermelon Rind Preserves Recipe photo by Taste of Home

Total Time: Prep: 15 min. + chilling Cook: 1 hr 15 min.
Makes: 6 half-pints


  • 1-1/2 to 2 pounds watermelon rind
  • 1/4 cup salt
  • 2 quarts warm water
  • 4 cups sugar
  • 1/4 cup bottled lemon juice
  • 7 cups water
  • 2 cinnamon sticks (3 inches)
  • 5 whole cloves
  • 2 cardamom pods


  1. Trim green skin and pink flesh from watermelon rind; chop enough rind to yield 6 cups. In a large bowl, stir salt and 2 quarts warm water until salt is dissolved. Add 6 cups chopped rind. Cover and refrigerate 5-6 hours. Drain and rinse in cold water; drain. Cover rind with cold water and let stand 30 minutes. Drain. Transfer rind to a large saucepan; cover with water. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer until just tender, 10-15 minutes; drain.
  2. To make preserves, in a stockpot, combine sugar, lemon juice and 7 cups water. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, 5 minutes. Stir in rind. Place cinnamon, cloves and cardamom on a double thickness of cheesecloth. Gather corners of cloth to enclose seasonings; tie securely with string. Add to stockpot. Return to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, until rind is clear, 30-45 minutes. Discard spice bag.
  3. Remove from heat. Ladle hot mixture into 6 hot sterilized half-pint jars, leaving 1/4-in. headspace. Remove air bubbles and adjust headspace, if necessary, by adding hot mixture. Wipe rims. Center lids on jars; screw on bands until fingertip tight.
  4. Place jars into canner with water simmering, ensuring that they are completely covered with water. Bring to a boil; process 5 minutes. Remove jars and cool.


SOURCE: Taste of Home