It’s National Watermelon Month and 4th of July today – a double whammy for all our watermelon eating! It also means there’s going to be a whole lot of watermelon rind getting wasted. Instead of throwing it all away, because hey, there’s still some nutrients in the rind, make relish out of it.
2 quarts of 1” watermelon rind cubes, with green outer skin peeled off
1 ½ C cider vinegar
½ C white vinegar
1 C Water
7 tsp kosher salt
1 tsp cinnamon
1 ¾ to 2 C maple syrup (to taste, less for tangy or more for sweetness)
Combine all the brine sauce ingredients in a 3 Qt saucepan and bring to a boil.
Add the watermelon rind and bring to a boil.
Simmer for 10 minutes. Let cool.
Store the entire mixture in an airtight container and refrigerate overnight.
At this point, you could keep it in cubes, wrap with bacon and bake for a nice treat. Or make this delicious watermelon rind relish. Add it to your favorite tuna salad recipe to take it up a notch!