To get started, I followed the instructions to peel and cube the rind, leaving just a slight hint of the pink. Pretty beautiful huh?
Next up, I got the brine going - oranges, lemons, cloves, cinnamon sticks, vinegar, and sugar. Also very beautiful.
Then I soaked overnight, rinsed and cooked the rind cubes. The color was muted now, but I still think they look really pretty.
Next, the brine and the rind are combined, cooked up, and canned. I was so pleased with how beautiful these jars looked!
Pleased, that is, until we tasted it - ICK!! My aunt, my boyfriend, and I all took a bite, and let's just say that not one of those nibbles made it down the hatch. This stuff was seriously nasty. SO overpoweringly CLOVE-y. It's like all you can taste. My aunt described it as "mouth-numbing." Just totally not a success by any definition. Well, the only thing that was great was the texture of the watermelon rind. I loved it. I had no idea what to expect and I loved the texture. So, now I am just all the more determined to find a good recipe and try again one day... ever persistent!
The contents were dumped out, the jars were washed and sterilized and re-purposed. I made berry jam and used them for that instead. The berry jam is delicious, of course... nice to end on a happy note! :)
See you on Thursday for VeganMoFo!!