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Watermelon Rind Jelly

Ever since Almanzo’s older sister chided her younger brother for wasting his watermelon rind on his pig in Farmer Boy, I’ve wanted to try watermelon rind jelly. I mean seriously, what good is watermelon rind? Up until now, I’ve fed it to the chickens or put it on the compost pile but couldn’t help but wonder what old time deliciousness we were missing by tossing aside the rind.

So I finally tracked down a recipe and Mouse made some for the county fair.

Watermelon Rind Jelly

Ingredients

  • 4 cups cubed watermelon rind (not the hard green peel! Just the soft whitish green part you normally don’t eat.)
  • 3 ounces liquid pectin
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon (or ginger. I want to try that next!)
  • 3 1/2 cups sugar

Directions

  1. Puree watermelon rind in a blender.
  2. Add watermelon rind puree, lemon juice, sugar and cinnamon in a saucepan. Stir and bring to a boil over medium heat.
  3. Add the liquid pectin and continue cooking for fifteen minutes. Stir to keep from burning and skim the foam.
  4. Remove from heat and process in a hot water bath.

Now we must wonder no more and our first batch turned out so good, I may buy our next melon for the rind.  Fortunately, I’ll never have to worry about what to do with all the left over red stuff.

(Unfortunately, my camera isn’t playing nicely with my computer or I’d share a picture of one of my children enjoying the juicy fruit. Maybe the one in which my 18 month old son is covered in seeds after a watermelon seed spitting war.)

Disclosure: The link is an affiliate link and I could theoretically earn a few cents from it. It’s never happened before, but you know. In theory, it could happen.