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                       WATERMELON RIND PICKLES (MOM)
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 Serving Size  : 1    Preparation Time :0:00
 Categories    : Mom
   Amount  Measure       Ingredient -- Preparation Method
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    1       ga           Watermelon rind, prepared
    4       tb           Lime (slaked)
   10       c            Sugar, granulated (divided)
    8       c            Apple cider vinegar (divide)
    2       tb           Cloves, whole
    2       tb           Allspice, whole
    4                    Cinnamon sticks
                         Ginger root (2 pieces)
   Peel watermelon, removing all green and pink flesh;
   cut rind into cubes and measure a gallon.  Heat a
   large pot of boiling water; drop rind in and boil for
   5 minutes.  Drain and cool.
   Dissolve slaked lime in 2 quarts cold water.  Pour
   over rind; let stand for 4 hours.  Drain and rinse
   thoroughly.  Cover rind with cold water and bring to
   boil; boil till rind is tender and drain.
   Combine 4 1/2 cups sugar, 2 cups vinegar and 8 cups
   water.  Add allspice, cloves, cinnamon and ginger root
   (all tied in a cheesecloth bag). Bring to boil; boil
   for 5 minutes.  Add rind and return to boil.  Lower
   heat and simmer for 30 minutes.  Leave rind standing
   in syrup in cool place between 12 and 24 hours.
   Add 6 cups vinegar and 6 to 8 cups sugar (to taste);
   bring to boil. Reduce heat and simmer until rind is
   transparent and syrup is almost as thick as honey.  If
   syrup gets too thick before rind becomes transparent,
   add 1/2 cup hot water, a little at a time, as needed.
   Discard bag.  Pack boiling rind and syrup into hot
   jars and seal.  Store at least a month before serving.
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