Watermelon Recipe Experiment…

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{Molly helping with fruit leather} I do so love watermelon. I love it so much that when I was able to pick up local watermelon for 2 for $5 I jumped at the chance. I grabbed 4. There was no way we would eat them as a family in a short enough time-frame. So, I decided to experiment with all the wonderful watermelon recipes I had been seeing on Pinterest.

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Watermelon Jelly. Watermelon fruit leather. Watermelon rind candy: The perfect trio of recipes to use the entire watermelon. Waste not, want not, right?

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First: Puree the watermelon flesh

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Second: Put watermelon through a strainer lined with cheese cloth to pull out the pulp.

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Watermelon pulp used in watermelon fruit leather.

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All those foil covered containers and the pot were 4 watermelons worth of watermelon juice.

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Slice the watermelon rind down into fry shaped/sized pieces and soak in a brine for 6 hours.

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Boil a syrup with lemon peel and sugar for the rind candy.

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After the rind candy was boiled down forever and coated with sugar.

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Final watermelon rind candy product.

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Watermelon jelly was a very similar process to making grape jelly.

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I forgot to add the lemon juice to about 7 bottles…so…watermelon syrup was what I ended up with.

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The rolled watermelon fruit leather.

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Packed into jars and vacuum sealed.

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Looks tasty, right? Well…it was mostly just sugar. Not a fan myself.

The process was long and difficult. The yield was not really worth it. I enjoy the watermelon jelly (and syrup–on vanilla ice cream). But, I don’t think I’ll ever do either the watermelon rind candy, or the watermelon fruit leather again. It was mostly just white sugar that made up everything. Bleh.

The syrup and the candy made their appearance in the ice cream social that I put on at Element 11 this year. It was well-recieved.

~Nostalgic Knucklehead

About stacey

I am the Mom of two young, rambunctious girls, a curious little boy, and a wee little man who is bursting with joy for life. I just wanted to do something for myself that allowed me to harness the magical moments of being a Mom. (A job that sometimes feels thankless, misunderstood, and considered easy by those that haven't done it.) I wanted to be more positive by looking more closely at the good things that happen every day via photos and my thoughts.
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