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If you try this ferment, forget everything you’ve ever know about pickled watermelon rinds. This is not your grandma’s recipe. It is not a sweet pickle, no gooey sugary brine. No spices either, just a simple salt brine covering watermelon rinds. I wanted to see how they would turn out lactofermented so the first round is plain with no added flavors. I do have some ideas for future batches which I will post as I go.
Big surprise, they turned out awesome! So awesome that I can’t keep the kids hands out of the jar. Why would I want to anyway My kids adore watermelon and we have it frequently through the summer. I know the rinds are full of wonderful vitamins so I’ve always hated throwing them out. Luckily they did go to my chickens who love it so it wasn’t all a loss. Just a small one inch cube provides 2% of your DV of vitamin C and 1% of vitamin B6. Well we can’t stop at just one 1″ cube. And as you all should know by now if you’ve been following my blog for a while, fermentation enhances vitamins making them more bioavailable and it actually creates B vitamins. Yippee for fermenting!
Fermented Watermelon Rinds
- 1 watermelon
- 2% brine (19 gms of salt per 1 quart of water)
Enlist the help of friends and family to eat the juicy red part off the watermelon. Make sure they don’t throw the rinds away! Collect the rinds and using a sharp knife, cut off the green skin. I found it easiest to lay the piece of rind on it’s side on the cutting board and to cut down rather than paring it in my hands.
Cut peeled rinds into uniform pieces as well as you can. Some will be squares, others will be triangles, most will be trapazoids or parallelograms (there is your elementary geometry lesson for the day). You can either measure the amount of peels you have and pick your jar based on that or just guess. I just cut up enough to fill a 1.5L Pickl-It. I probably had enough rind to fill up two of those. Pour brine over the top and using your Dunk’R, weigh any floaters down. Close up, fill your airlock with water and let set for 1-2 days. Once bubble activity has died down, remove airlock and replace with the mini-airlock since the gases will continue to build up in the fridge for a time. You can either swap lids with a Fido jar or use a Pickl-It plug once all activity has come to a stop.