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Deliciously simple candied watermelon rind recipe
This is the perfect recipe for anyone who loves all things pickled. They're incredibly easy to make and can last up to 2 years.
Shellie Anne Javier-Follero
08.22.22

Are you thinking of a perfect side dish for your meat or chicken main dish? Or to spice up your slaw and salad?

Think no more because this recipe might be the answer for you. And the star ingredient is watermelon rind in this recipe.

Yes, believe it or not, watermelon rind is a good idea.

Pickled watermelon rind, anyone?

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The Simple Cook - Youtube

The watermelon rind can—and should—also be enjoyed.

You can enjoy the sweet-sour taste of it like pickled cucumber and at the same time, you can take advantage of the health benefits of this recipe.

According to Live Strong, you can eat the watermelon rind that is rich in a compound called citrulline, an amino acid that raises arginine levels in the blood.

This helps to maintain blood flow, healthy blood vessels, and heart health.

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Photo by Amy Shamblen

1.5 Views In 2 Months

But let’s go to the recipe shared by The Simple Cook.

The video recipe has reached 1.5 M views already and The Simple Cook page already has 58K followers on the Youtube channel.

One viewer said though she makes pickled rind with ginger once or twice a decade, this year she’ll try this recipe because the pickled watermelon rind is excellent!

The Simple Cook is based in Munich, Germany, and shared with their followers that the channel is for food lovers.

True to its mission, every day, The Simple Cook shares different kinds of recipes.

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The Simple Cook - Youtube

And this recipe is fun to make. Let’s start the fun!

Ingredients are easy to find in supermarkets or even in your kitchen.

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • 1.5 kg or 3 1/3 lbs Watermelon rind
  • Water for resting
  • 30g baking soda (2 tablespoons)
  • 800g sugar (4 cups)
  • 1L water (5 cups)
  • 5 cloves
  • Half lemon
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The Simple Cook - Youtube

To make:

It’s a long but simple process here.

Step 1: Peel the skins from the watermelon rinds.

Step 2: Cut into cubes and place in a large bowl.

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The Simple Cook - Youtube

Step 3: Pour water over the cubed rinds.

Step 4: Add the baking soda.

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The Simple Cook - Youtube

If you’re curious why Simple Cook adds baking soda to this recipe, it’s because it helps harden the rind and maintain its shape even when cooked several times.

Step 5: Rest overnight or at least 6 hours

Step 6: Strain the watermelon rind.

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The Simple Cook - Youtube

Step 7: Fill a large cooking pot with water and bring to a boil.

Step 8: Drop watermelon rinds in and again, bring to boil.

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The Simple Cook - Youtube

Step 9: Drain the water and set aside.

Pickling Procedure:

Step 10: In the large pot, add sugar and water

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The Simple Cook - Youtube

Step 11: Add cloves and stir.

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The Simple Cook - Youtube

Step 12: Add the watermelon rind.

Step 13: Cook for 30 minutes. Stir, then cook for another 1 1/2 hours.

Step 14: Squeeze lemon into the mix.

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The Simple Cook - Youtube

Step 15: Stir again and transfer to your mason jar.

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The Simple Cook - Youtube

Voila! You’re done.

This pickled watermelon rind can last up to 2 years. Just put them in a closed jar and store them in your fridge.

A delicious side dish is within your reach from now on. Enjoy!

See how The Simple Cook makes pickled watermelon rinds in the video below!

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By Shellie Anne Javier-Follero
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Shellie Anne Javier-Follero is a contributor at SBLY Media.
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