Monday, May 19, 2014

Watermelon Rind Candy

Watermelon is a simple fruit but I just can’t get enough of this fruit. This is the reason why I decided to make use of every part of this fruit to make something unusual – yes, unusual – but delicious recipe. Here’s another nifty way to upcycle watermelon rinds that you would normally throw into the trash bin.

Watermelon Rind Candy 

1 cup sliced watermelon rinds, peeled
1cup white sugar
1 cup water
Extra sugar for coating

Place the peeled watermelon rinds in a small saucepan together with 1 cup water and sugar. Bring to a boil until the watermelon rinds become translucent. Let it cool for an hour before you transfer it to a tray. I used baking sheet.

Place it under the sun to dry for two days. To protect it against dust, ants and even bird droppings, cover the tray with a ceram wrap. That way, your watermelon rinds will dry up hygienically.

After two days, pour the dried watermelon rinds into a bowl of white sugar. The sugar will absorb whatever moisture left on the rinds. Let it stand overnight for the sugar to crystallize on the surface of the rinds.

You can also use this recipe to make candied lemon and oranges.  This recipe is sickeningly sweet but it is a great way to use your seemingly useless watermelon rinds. Although this may be the case, I think this is still a better snack compared to giving your kids factory-made lollipops that are laden with artificial sugar and sweetener.

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