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6 Things to Do With Watermelon Rinds Instead of Throwing Them Away

Watermelon Rind Jam
Did you ever stop to think if there's an alternative use for all those leftover watermelon rinds? Being left with so much waste after enjoying a refreshing watermelon in the summertime is truly annoying. What makes this jam untraditional, besides it being an actual watermelon rind jam, is that you don't need to use pectin to make it nice and stable! Instead, we use apples, which naturally contain high levels of it.
Ingredients for Watermelon Rind Jam:
Watermelon rinds - 4 cups (chopped and peeled)
Apple - 1
Sugar - 1 cup
Lemon - 1
Vanilla extract - 1 tsp.
Candied Watermelon Rinds
Here's an easy and quick candied watermelon rinds recipe that will help you reuse those leftover watermelon rinds.
Ingredients for Candied Watermelon Rinds:
Watermelon rinds - 2 cups (chopped and peeled)
Sugar - 1/2 cup
Vanilla Extract - 1 TSP.
Sweet Pickled Watermelons
This delicious pickled watermelon rinds recipe is made with spices, sugar, and vinegar.
Ingredients for Sweet Pickled Watermelons:
Watermelon rinds - from 1/2 watermelon (chopped and peeled)
Salt - 3 tbsp.
Sugar - 1 cup
Pickling spice - 2 tsp.
Lemon - 1/2 (thinly sliced)
Watermelon Rind Coleslaw Salad
This classic coleslaw recipe swaps the cabbage for grated watermelon rinds. Feel free to customize the quantities of the vegetables to your taste!
Ingredients for Watermelon Rind Coleslaw Salad:
Carrots - 3
Onions - 2
Watermelon rinds - from 1/2 a small watermelon (chopped and peeled)
Dill - a handful (can be replaced for chives, parsley, or coriander )
Mustard - 1 tbsp.
Mayonnaise - 3 tbsp.
Sour cream - 3 tbsp. (can be replaced for plain yogurt)
White wine vinegar - 1 tbsp.
Paprika - a pinch
Pickled Watermelon Rind Salsa
Did you ever stop to think if there's an alternative use for all those leftover watermelon rinds? Let us help you out and show you how to turn these food scraps into a delicious and healthy watermelon rind salsa. You can also throw in it some pickled rinds, if you have any left from this recipe
Ingredients for Watermelon Rind Salsa:
Watermelon rinds - 2 cups
Lemon juice - 1 tbsp.
Olive oil - 1 tbsp.
Onions - 3 tbsp. (chopped)
Balsamic vinegar - 2 tbsp.
Garlic powder - 1/4 tsp.
Onion powder - 1/4 tsp.
Green jalapeño - 1 (chopped, optional)
Watermelon Rind Curry
This is a traditional Indian dish, with the watermelon rinds originally in the recipe! It is called Tarbooz ki Sabzi. "Tarbooz" is the Hindu word for watermelon.
Ingredients for Watermelon Rind Curry:
Watermelon rinds - 4 cups
Chili flakes - 1 tsp.
Turmeric - 1/2 tbsp. (ground)
Oil - 3 tbsp.
Salt - to taste
Curry powder - to taste
Cumin seeds - to taste
Coriander - as garnish
Mustard seeds - 1/2 tbsp. (optional but highly recommended)
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