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🍉 Traditional Sweet Pickled Watermelon Rind Recipe

Learn how to make a classic sweet pickled watermelon rind with this easy recipe from Just Pickling. Tangy, sweet, and a little bit spicy, this recipe is perfect for preserving watermelon rinds.

Traditional Sweet Pickled Watermelon Rind

You will need:

  • large watermelonOne large watermelon
  • apple cider vinegar1 cup of apple cider vinegar
  • white sugar2 cups of white sugar
  • table salt1 tablespoon of salt
  • whole cloves1 tablespoon of whole cloves
  • cinnamon stick1 cinnamon stick


  1. Start by removing the green skin and pink flesh from the watermelon rind.
  2. Cut the rind into 1-inch pieces.
  3. In a pot, combine the vinegar, sugar, salt, cloves, and cinnamon stick.
  4. Bring the mixture to a boil.
  5. Add the rind pieces and simmer until they become translucent.
  6. Let the mixture cool, then transfer to a jar and refrigerate overnight before serving.


This recipe is a classic, passed down for generations. It's sweet, tangy, and a little bit spicy.

Unleash your culinary creativity with our traditional Sweet Pickled Watermelon Rind recipe. This age-old method of pickling is a fantastic way to make use of the entire watermelon, reducing waste and creating a delicious, tangy treat in the process. The sweet and sour combination of flavors in this recipe will surely tantalize your taste buds.

While most of us are accustomed to discarding the watermelon rind, this recipe highlights its hidden potential. The rind's firm texture makes it perfect for pickling, as it retains its crunch even after soaking in the pickling mixture. This recipe is not just about taste; it's about embracing sustainability in our kitchens. For more insights on how to pickle various fruits and vegetables, check out our FAQ on the topic.

Perfect for Every Occasion

Whether you're planning a summer picnic, a family barbecue, or simply want to spice up your everyday meals, these sweet pickled watermelon rinds are a great addition. They can be served as a unique side dish, added to salads for a crunchy element, or even used as a garnish for cocktails. The possibilities are endless!

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Remember, pickling is not just about preserving; it's about transforming ordinary ingredients into extraordinary delights. So, let's get pickling!