pickled and put up

 

So I channeled my inner Pennsylvania German grandmother and pickled some stuff today.

I had a really fresh baby seedless watermelon in my CSA box, and I remembered how my grandmother used to pickle watermelon rind in the summer.

So I cleaned the rind (you remove the tough outer green shell and scrape out as much as the pink as possible left over from chunking up a watermelon) and cut it up into pieces of about an inch to 2 inches along with slicing up my remaining half bag of jalapeño peppers which also came from the CSA box. I brined both in salt water in the refrigerator overnight, bringing out today and draining and rinsing with clear water.

I brought to a boil a little over 3 cups (give or take) of a 1 to 3 part ratio of cider vinegar and white vinegar and sugar and spices. I had some white vinegar I wanted to use up, or I would’ve used all cider vinegar.  This is a sweet pickle so I had easily a cup and a half of sugar, mustard seed, pickling spice, dill, cinnamon sticks in the spice and sugar category. 

I cooked this mixture just shy of five minutes and then added first the watermelon rind, then about five minutes later I added the jalapeños and 4 sliced up medium carrots – slices of carrot no more than a half inch thick. 

Finally I added  slices of  1 large red onion. I cooked this until the watermelon rind reached a translucent stage, then removed everything from heat and ladled into preserving jars.

I did not put these in a hot water bath as I am going to store them in the refrigerator. They should last a few months that way.  It’s sort of an icebox pickle.

They will need to cure a couple weeks before trying them.

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4 thoughts on “pickled and put up

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  2. I took a neat workshop through the county extension and it was all about long term preservation, sealing w wax etc. Your post is a refreshing reminder that you can do simple canning too.
    Now maybe I can using those jars sitting in my cabinet, taking up space!

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