Candied Watermelon Rind

Candied Watermelon Rind by Sigrilina -- Easy to make and a great way of repurposing something that would have ended up in the recycle bin.

Easy to make and a great way of repurposing something that would have ended up in the recycle bin. Skip to the recipe.

I think that the whole idea of going zero waste is to rethink how we approach mundane things. One of them is what we consider edible and what not. It may sound silly but in some countries, Argentina included, carrots are sold without the tops because there is this widespread idea that no one would want them. So when summer season started and with it the watermelon season I found myself with tons of watermelon rind.

I decided to candied it, even though you use only the white part I think it is still a considerable reduction from composting it all. I eat is as candy when I crave something sweet, in my Vegan Panettone or even in some pound cakes. You can dry them as I did to store them or you could keep them in the syrup and eat as a jelly or as a filling for some cake. If you do dry them, you could use the syrup to moisten a cake or to make sorbet (see recipe here).

You can also check out our other candied fruits (orange, lemon and kumquats).

Enjoy and let me know in the comments!

Candied Watermelon Rind

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serves: 500 gr candied watermelon rind
prep.: 20 min
dry: 1 dayd
cook: 60 min

Ingredients

  • 1.1 lb watermelon rind with the green part removed
  • 2 cups of water
  • 2 tablespoons of ethyl alcohol
For the syrup:
  • 2 1/2 cups of sugar
  • 2 cups of water
  • Candied Watermelon Rind by Sigrilina -- Easy to make and a great way of repurposing something that would have ended up in the recycle bin.

    Preparation

    Step 1 Remove the green part of the watermelon rind.
    Step 2 Chop the rind in small pieces or as you like.
    Step 3 Soak the watermelon rind in a big bowl with 2 cups of water and 2 tablespoons of alcohol. If you need more water to cover the amount of watermelon rind add it but remember to keep the proportions (1 cup of water with one tablespoon alcohol).
    Step 4 Let it rest for at least one hour.
    Step 5 Rinse and weight the amount of watermelon you have. You are going to use equal part of sugar and equal part of water.
    Step 6 In a pot disolve the sugar with the water, cook on a medium high stove until the sugar dissolves completely.
    Step 7 Then add the watermelon rind and cook for 1 hour on low heat.
    Step 8 After the time has passed check to see if the watermelon rind are translucent. If not cook them for 15 more minutes.
    Step 9 Remove from the syrup and let them air dry for a whole day, turning them around after 8 hours. This is to fully dry them.
    Step 10 Store the syrup in an sterilized jar, preferently in the fridge but you can keep them in the cupboard for 3 months.
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