Ready to try some new quick summer recipes? My friends Tawra and Jill from Living On A Dime are sharing some of their family favorites and I'm willing to be that there's something in here that you haven't tried yet. Up until this week I haven't come across the minty peas and onions recipe below and gave it a try. It was an instant family hit and will make a regular appearance on our summer menu from here on out.
Easy and Delicious Summer Recipes
3 pounds white portion watermelon rind, cubed
5 cups sugar
2 cups cider vinegar
1 cup water
1 Tbsp. whole cloves
1 Tbsp. whole allspice
3 cinnamon sticks, 3 inches each
1 lemon, sliced
Put watermelon cubes in a large pot with enough salted water to cover. Soak overnight. Drain. Cover with fresh, cold water and bring to a boil. Cook over low heat until tender. Drain. In another large pot, combine sugar, vinegar and water. Tie cloves, allspice, cinnamon and lemon in a cheesecloth bag. Add to sugar mixture and stir over medium heat until mixture boils. Boil 5 minutes. Add watermelon cubes and simmer until translucent, about 15 minutes. Remove spice bag and pack pickles in hot, sterilized jars. Refrigerate 2 weeks before using. Makes 4 quarts.
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