Watermelon Rind Preserves
 
1-1/2   qts prepared watermelon rind (about 6 cups)
4 tsp  salt
1 tsp  ground ginger
4 cup  sugar
1/4 cup  fresh lemon juice
1/2 cup  thinly sliced lemon (about 1 medium lemon)
 
preparing the rind: trim the green skin and pink flesh from the rind. cut 
into 1-inch pieces. dissolve the salt in 8 cups of water and pour over the 
rind. let stand 5 to 6 hours. drain, rinse and drain again. cover with 
cold water and let stand 30 minutes. drain. sprinkle the ginger over the 
rind; cover with water and cook until fork-tender. drain. making the 
preserves: combine the sugar, lemon juice and 6 cups water in a large pot 
or dutch oven. boil for 5 minutes. add the rind and boil gently for 30 
minutes or until syrup thickens. add sliced lemon and cook until the rind 
is transparent. pack hot into hot jars, leaving < inch head space. remove 
air bubbles. adjust caps. process 20 minutes in boiling water bath. makes 
about 6 half pints. 
 
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(ID: 11736) Mirror: rec.food.recipes: Sat, Jul 19, 2003


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