Watermelon Rind Preserves

Watermelon Rind Preserves


"This is an old recipe. Select melons with thick rinds. You will need to check with your local extension office for processing times."


9 h 15 m servings
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Original recipe yields 64 servings


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  1. Peel off the green part of the watermelon rind, and slice into 2 inch pieces. Soak the rind in a solution of 1 gallon water and 1/2 cup salt overnight.
  2. Remove rind from the salt water, and place in a stockpot with clean water to cover. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat, and cook for about 30 minutes, or until the rind is tender. Drain.
  3. In a large pot, combine the sugar, 8 cups water, and sliced lemons. Tie the cinnamon and cloves into a cheesecloth bag, and place in the pot. Bring the syrup to a boil, and boil for 5 minutes. Add the rinds, and cook until transparent. Remove spice bag. Stir in red food coloring, if using. Ladle preserves into hot sterile jars, and process to seal.
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  1. 17 Ratings


Thanks for the memories. My grandmother use to make these and I had never seen a recipe to try. She just us to make them and had never written the recipe down. The minute I tasted the preserves ...

This is a good recipe for what has become an old favorite in my family. The only thing we do differently is to drop the food coloring in at the end. We dye half the jars red and half green. W...

For those of you who are not familiar with these, or for those who have made them and left the comments about them 'not ever thickening up' for them; They really are not what you'd normally cons...

this is a disaster..its not a good idea o soak the rinds in salted water.after it's done,the taste was strange some sugary and also salty although i left the spices in it to give more flavor but...

I was incredibly skeptical about making this, but I got rave reviews. This recipe is a keeper! Thanks!

This was a very good and helpful recipe just in time for Easter. My sister brought a watermelon in with her and I put the left-overs to good use. The only thing I did different was to reduce the...

This is great stuff. I love watermelon rind preserves and I never could find a good recipe for them. My great great-grandmother had a cookie recipe that you make with these preserves and they wo...

YUMMMMMMMY! We love this on hot buttered bread or biscuits. I used a bit more red food coloring and food proccessor to make it less chunky and more like apple butter texture. I froze the extra s...

Pretty tasty! Bumped it to 4 stars after I've had time to let the taste of them grow on me. Plus, I think these things are LOADED with fiber! Can't complain in that dept. The rinds are delicatel...