Pickled Watermelon Rind Recipe

Bring a little Southern flavor to summer with pickled watermelon rinds.

From "Canning, Pickling and Freezing with Irma Harding"
July 2014

  • Create a favorite Southern snack with this sweet-and-sour Pickled Watermelon Rind Recipe.
    Photo by Fotolia/Brent Hofacker
  • “Canning, Pickling and Freezing with Irma Harding” by Marilyn McCray is an eclectic, fun cookbook guided by the 1950s fictional spokeswoman, Irma Harding.
    Cover courtesy Octane Press

For anyone wanting to preserve garden-fresh vegetables at home, Canning, Pickling and Freezing with Irma Harding, (Octane Press, 2014) offers modern techniques and delicious recipes. Author Marilyn McCray also guides readers through smoking and curing fresh fruits, vegetables and meats. The following excerpt from “Pickles and Relishes”, provided by Jesse Griffiths and Tamara Mayfield of Dai Due, is a recipe for pickled watermelon rinds.

This book can be purchased from the GRIT store: Canning, Pickling and Freezing with Irma Harding.

Pickled Watermelon Rind Recipe


• 5 pounds watermelon rind, sliced
• 1/4 cup salt

• 3 cups apple cider vinegar
• 3 cups water
• 3 cinnamon sticks
• 2 teaspoons cloves
• 5 cardamom pods
• 2 teaspoons peppercorns
• 1 pound brown sugar


1. Trim the pink flesh and the green outer skin from the rind.

2. Cut into small strips, about 1 x 2 inches.

3. Toss rind with salt and let stand one day. Drain. Place watermelon rinds in pint jars.

4. Boil brine and pour over rinds. Let stand one week in the refrigerator before serving.

5. Store in refrigerator.

More from Canning, Pickling and Freezing with Irma Harding:

Elderberry Sauce Recipe
6-in-1 Refrigerator Cookies Recipe
Fermented Corn Relish Recipe

This excerpt has been reprinted with permission from Canning, Pickling and Freezing with Irma Harding: Recipes to Preserve Food, Family, and the American Way by Marilyn McCray and published by Octane Press, 2014. Purchase this book from our store: Canning, Pickling and Freezing with Irma Harding.

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