“Some old-fashioned things like fresh air and sunshine are hard to beat. In our mad rush for progress and modern improvements let's be sure we take along with us all the old-fashioned things worth while.” Laura Ingalls Wilder

Saturday, August 04, 2012

A Pickle By Any Other ...

... Name just wouldn't be the same.  I have fond memories from childhood of eating watermelon rind pickles when visiting the farm tables of family in the mid west while on summer vacation.
Today I ventured back in time and made a batch of sweet watermelon rind pickles ... just in time to enjoy when my folks are in town for a visit.  My Pop will think he's back at his boyhood home as I'm sure his mother made these.  The recipe is from the Ball Blue Book of Preserving.  I cut the recipe in half ... getting 6 half-pints.  Do you have a favorite unusual pickle?

9 comments:

Pat said...

They look awfully pretty on that window sill! I've never tasted those, I'm not a fan of sweet pickles, but who knows, maybe I just haven't had the right ones!
My favorite is a kosher dill, namely made by Topers here in Michigan.

Sandy said...

Mrs. Mac,

I love your new header page, it's pretty and reminds me of summer.
I've never had watermelon rind pickles before, are they sweet?
Your Dad's going to enjoy eating the pickles and reminiscing the past. Have a Blessed day!

Kim Gibson said...

I've never even heard of watermelon rind pickles, but they sound interesting and look beautiful.

I just noticed the garden quote at the top of your blog. That's lovely! Thank you =)

Katidids said...

They look great, I've been wanting to try them & have watermelon in the garden I'm waiting on to ripen.I'm sure your folks will love the treat!

Mrs. Mac said...

Yes .. they are spicy sweet.

Tanya said...

I've had it in the back of my mind to try these, thanks for the prompt, we'll see what summer brings

Jada's Gigi said...

never have cared for sweet pickles either..I do love dill pickled okra and string beans w/garlic..yum! Love your header pic of your garden. it looks fabulous!

Star said...

Those pickles look wonderful. I love the colour of them. My favourite is English mustard pickles, I wrote a post on it called 'Pickle Time' on here, if you want to take a look.
By the way, we picked our first runner beans yesterday. They were 6 inches long. The more you pick, the more you get! I'll post on it later in the week.

Wendy said...

The funny thing is, my grandmother, who would have been over 90, also make pickles from watermelon rinds in the mountains of China.