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Watermelon Rind Preserves

Ingredients
  • 1 1/2 quarts prepared watermelon rind
  • 4 tablespoons salt
  • 2 quarts cold water
  • 1 T. ginger
  • 4 cups sugar
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice
  • 1 1/2 quart water
  • 1/2 cup thinly sliced lemon (about 1 lemon)
Instructions

To prepare watermelon rind: Trim green skin and pink flesh from thick watermelon rind; cut into 1 inch pieces. Disslove salt in 2 quarts water and pour over rind. Let stand 5 to 6 hours. Drain; rinse; and drain again. Cover with cold water and let stand 30 minutes. Drain. Sprinklle ginger over the rind; cover with water; and cook until fork tender. Drain. Combine sugar, lemon juice and 1 1/2 quarts water in a large sauce pot. Boil five minutes; add rind and boil gently for 30 minutes or until syrup thickens. Add sliced lemon and cook until the melon rind is transparent. Pack hot into hot jars, leaving 1/4 inch head space. Remove air bubbles. Adjust caps. Process 20 minutes in boiling water bath. Yield: about 6 half pints.

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