I found this recipe for cultured watermelon rind from my fellow Nourished Living Network blogger, Melanie, at PickleMeToo. Since we love watermelon so much in this house, I just had to give this one a try. I followed her recipe, except that I had enough rind to fill a 5 liter Pickl-it and I added about 1 inch of fresh ginger root, a couple of cinnamon sticks and 10-15 cloves.
This came out so yummy and my toddler and husband both liked them. These are not sweet, but have a salty, spicy tang to them. Nice and refreshing snack on a hot day. The brine is delicious and healthy to drink. If you are new to fermenting in a Pickl-it or new to fermenting in general, I would recommend starting slowly with how much brine you drink. A 1/4 cup serving for the day would be a good place to start and give your gut some time to get used to the new good bacteria you are introducing to it.
This is a great way to get some bang for your buck from your watermelons! I do highly recommend that you use organic watermelons.
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