Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Watermelon Rind Pickles Day 1

Nothing goes to waste here in the holler. This year I am making watermelon rind pickles. I am thinking of giving these as Christmas gifts this year. First I take and cut my watermelon and remove the red meat.

This goes in the refrigerator for the family to eat on. We have been having a bowl of watermelon almost nightly and we will miss them when they are all gone.

The seeds will be saved for next years crop.

Then take and slice the pink meat that is left off of the rind. This went in a bucket for the pigs and chickens.

Then with my vegetable peeler I cut off the green rinds on the outside. Make sure and get all that hard rind off. This also goes to the pigs. 

Then I cut the peeled rind into 1 inch cubes. You should have about 12 cups of rind cubes. In a non reactive container soak the rind with 3 quarts water and 3/4 cup salt. I used canning salt. Add about 30 ice cubes and cover with a clean towel or plastic wrap and let sit for 24 hours. I let mine set overnight.  

Tomorrow I will post the directions for day 2.

Blessings from The Holler 

The Canned Quilter


  1. can't wait to see what your method is, I made some for the 1st time & thinking it will be my last lol!

  2. I linked to your blog on my wonderful blog neighbor post I do each Wednesday. I posted a picture of your home in the snow with the link. If this is not okay please let me know and I will remove it. I am so enjoying your blog!!

  3. stopping by from peggy's place to say hello. love your beautiful home! blessings to you and yours from a wis. gal transplanted long ago in texas :)

  4. I've come by from Peggy's place to say hi. Love your blog, and seriously wow are you one incredible lady! How on earth do you do SO much? Thank you for taking the time to share I can't wait to read and learn more. I love how you make use of everything.

  5. Hmm, I"m interested in the way you're making these. I have made them before but this seems better. Can't wait for the next post.

  6. I made cinnamon watermelon rind pickles for the first time this year. They're different. lol Ok, just different.

    Thanks CQ for linking this up at the Carnival of Home Preserving!

  7. Ooh this looks so good! I made my first batch of Watermelon Rind Pickles this year and want to try your recipe next time! I love how you fed the remains to your chickens - we did too! I found you through Carnival of Home Preserving and have bookmarked your page. I hope you will come over and link up to my Blog Fest:


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