This sweet and tangy watermelon rind relish recipe makes good use of watermelon rinds that would otherwise end up in the compost.
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A couple of years ago I made a fabulous relish with my surplus zucchini. It was a sweet relish, very much like the Del Monte hamburger relish I grew up with. I’d been having a hard time finding hamburger relish in stores, so I decided to try making it at home. It was a hit. We used it on hamburgers (of course) but also added it to egg salad and potato salad to really add a nice flavor.
Unfortunately, my squash crop hasn’t done very well this year, and I’ve been so sad to not have zucchini to make more of this delicious relish. Yesterday, my son brought home a watermelon, and as I was cutting it I thought about making watermelon rind pickles.
I’ve never even had watermelon rind pickles, but it seemed like a great way to eliminate waste, so I cut the rind into pieces. As I set them aside I had a wicked crazy wonderful idea: watermelon rinds might make a great substitute for zucchini in my beloved relish.
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Watermelon rind relish recipe – a success!
And oh my. I am so excited about how this watermelon rind relish recipe turned out. And so pleased with myself. It is nearly identical to my original recipe in both flavor and looks. The original recipe is slightly sweeter, but honestly? I think the watermelon rind version is just a bit better. I wouldn’t change a thing with this watermelon rind relish recipe – except maybe to double it.
Important: This is not scary. It took me about an hour to make 3 pints of relish. If you know how to operate a stove and chop veggies, you’re good to go.
Canning is an excellent way to preserve food for the pantry, but there are some important safety considerations to keep in mind.
- Know the difference between water bath canning and pressure canning. Low acid items must be pressure canned for safety.
- Altering ingredients may change the recipe’s pH, posing a safety issue.
- Use the proper jars and lids. Never reuse lids, with the exception of the Tattler lids that are intended for such a purpose.
- For more on canning equipment, please go here.
Making this relish
The part of the watermelon that you’ll use for this recipe is the pale green or whitish rind. You’ll need to remove the outer green part of the watermelon. Compost that. Then cut away the red flesh and serve that up as slices or in a fruit salad. It won’t matter if there’s a little bit of red flesh still clinging to the rind, as you can see above, but trim most of it away.
While you don’t have to have a food processor to make this recipe, it will definitely reduce the amount of chopping you need to do.
If you’re not interested in canning this relish to make it shelf stable, simply put it in jars and store in the refrigerator for up to three months.
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Nutrition Information: Yield: 16 Serving Size: 1 grams
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 92Unsaturated Fat: 0gSodium: 181mgCarbohydrates: 21gSugar: 19g