Monday, August 22, 2011

What do you do with watermelon Rinds?

Recently I got one of those personal size watermelons, organic, of course, and had plans to make watermelon rind pickles with the non-red part of the fruit. Much to my diasappointment, the rinds were quite thin, so the pickles were out of the question. There WAS a thin rind to the watermelon, however, so I decided to make SOMETHING out of it. After much searching online, I saw some other recipes besides pickles, one of which was relish. I decided to try it, but make it a lacto fermented relish and changed some of the ingredients. It came out fabulous!

This is how I made it: I peeled the green exterior off of the rinds and chopped them into 1 " or so squares.
 Next I pureed the rinds in a food processor, till they were a little chunky, but pretty mushy.
Next, I pureed the rest of the ingredients, except for the whey, in the food processor. The recipe is below. I mixed the watermelon, other ingredients and the whey together into a large glass jar and let ferment for 3 days, after which it is stored in the fridge. My bf couldn't believe this tasty relish was made with watermelon rinds!
My boyfriend likes peanut butter; I like the glass jars. I make him buy the big ones. I don't like plastic containers with their BPA and dioxins if you freeze or heat them, I do not like them one little bit.


3 1/2 cups water melon rind, peeled and chopped into @ 1" pieces
1/2 red pepper
1 medium onion
1/4 raisins
2 tbsp. sea salt
1 clove garlic
1 tsp. mustard seed
1 tsp. turmeric
1 small hot pepper (optional)
4 tbsp. whey


  1. What do you use this with?

  2. I used it as a relish; as a little side dish with a meal, or on a sandwich. I don't use whey anymore as it turns out I'm casein intolerant..... I should try it again as just a ferment and see how it comes out!

    Did you try the recipe out?