Watermelon Rind Preserves

READY IN: 7hrs 20mins
Recipe by Bertha C.

I remember my mother making these as a child (She never wastes anything!) This is a way to make an otherwise "garbage" item very delicious.

Top Review by Pixies Kitchen

I am so happy that I found this recipe and must say that it is totally worth the effort! This was my first time ever making preserves and canning on my own w/o my MIL to help and they came out perfect. I only got 5 8-ounce jars but I think it was do to cutting up my rinds. Thank you again for posting and I will put up a picture soon!

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. To prepare watermelon rind: Trim green skin and pink flesh from thick watermelon rind.
  2. Cut into 1" pices.
  3. Dissolve salt in 2 quarts water and pour over rind.
  4. Let stand 5-6 hours.
  5. Drain; rinse and drain again.
  6. Cover with cold water and let stand 30 minutes.
  7. Drain.
  8. Sprinkle ginger over rind; cover with water and cook until fork-tender.
  9. Drain.
  10. Combine sugar, lemon juice and 7 cups water.
  11. Boil 5 minutes; add rind and boil gently for 30 minutes.
  12. Add sliced lemon and cook until the melon rind is clear.
  13. Pack hot into hot jars, leaving 1/4" head space.
  14. Remove air bubbles.
  15. Adjust caps.
  16. Process 20 minutes in boiling water bath.

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