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Zucchini watermelon pickles?
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deadcarp    Posted 08-02-2004 at 07:25:53       [Reply]  [No Email]
I know you can make "bread & butter" pickles outa zucchini, but how bout watermelon pickles? Anybody tried it?


Alias    Posted 08-02-2004 at 07:32:25       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Not only do they make it, it's very good. the rind is all that's used and as I recall, it was cubed at about 3/4 inch or so and, it was crisp and tasted something like sweet pickles. That's another recipe I love to get. If anyone reading this runs across it, I would appreciate receiving a copy.......gfp


Dave    Posted 08-02-2004 at 07:42:17       [Reply]  [No Email]
Here's one that sounds good...

Watermelon Pickles
Better Homes & Gardens Home Canning Cookbook 1974

2 pounds watermelon rind
1/4 cup pickling salt
4 cups water
2 cups sugar
1 cup white vinegar
1 tablespoon broken stick cinnamon
1 1/2 teaspoons whole cloves
1/2 lemon, thinly sliced
5 maraschino cherries, halved,optional
Trim the dark green and pink parts from watermelon rind. Cut rind in 1-inch cubes; measure 7 cups. Soak rind overnight in a solution of pickling salt and water. (If it takes more to cover, use the same proportion salt to water.) Drain; rinse watermelon rind. Cover rind with cold water. Cook just until tender.
Meanwhile, in a 6 to 8-quart kettle or Dutch oven combine sugar, white vinegar, stick cinnamon, whole cloves, and 1 cup water. Simmer mixture 10 minutes; strain. Add drained watermelon rind, lemon slices, and maraschino cherries, if desired. Simmer the mixture till watermelon rind is clear. Fill hot jars with rind and syrup mixture, leaving 1/2-inch head space. Adjust lids. Process in boiling water bath (pints) 5 minutes.
Makes 2 1/2 pints.


Alias    Posted 08-02-2004 at 09:12:24       [Reply]  [No Email]
Thanks Dave, Since Nancy and I are both retired we need to do something to fill our days so we've gotten into canning as a pastime. And, the kids love the jars of stuff they keep taking from here........gfp


deadcarp-thanx but    Posted 08-02-2004 at 13:00:37       [Reply]  [No Email]
Really what i was trying to ask (in my shortcut way) is: Does anybody know how to make zucchini TASTE LIKE watermelon pickles? Sorry about the conflusion. :)


JDK    Posted 08-02-2004 at 13:46:24       [Reply]  [No Email]
I would think that if one used a watermelon rind pickle recipe and substituted the zucchini it would be pretty close.


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