Categories: Eat

Welcome back to Scrappy Saturday! It’s the day of the month where we share a creative and unique way to use up some of the produce scraps in your kitchen and help you reduce waste.

This month, we’re chatting about watermelon. It’s the go-to fruit for the summer for many of us, but it can produce a lot of waste if all you’re doing is eating the flesh of the fruit and tossing the rind! Thankfully, there are a few really easy and delicious ways to use up those rinds. Not only will it help you produce a bit less waste this summer, but you’re guaranteed to impress your friends when you bring this to your next cookout!

This is a simple and delicious recipe that you’re sure to love. It only takes a few minutes to put together, and you’ll feel great about how much waste you’re saving in the kitchen!

Easy Watermelon Rind Pickles

(Recipe adapted from Gardening in the Mitten)



  • 1 small watermelon

  • 2 cups of white vinegar

  • 1 cup of water

  • 1 cup of sugar

  • ⅓ cup of kosher salt

  • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon

  • Dash of red pepper flakes

How to make watermelon rind pickles:


  • Begin by preparing the watermelon rind. Remove the flesh from the watermelon and set aside to eat - but be sure to leave a small amount on the rind for additional flavor for your pickles! Remove the skin from the watermelon rind, then cut the rind up into bite-sized pieces.

  • Add water, vinegar, sugar, and salt to a pot and bring to a boil, stirring to dissolve.

  • Once your mixture is boiling, add watermelon rind. Bring it back up to a boil and then allow to simmer for 2-3 minutes.


  • Add additional seasonings (we used cinnamon and red pepper flakes, but there are a ton of different combinations you could use), stir to combine.

  • Remove from heat and let cool. Transfer your watermelon rind pickles to small canning jars (be sure to add some brine to cover them), and allow to sit overnight.

NOTE: They will last up to a month when stored store in the refrigerator.

If you’re looking for a fun and creative snack to bring to your next gathering, this is the perfect recipe for you! Of course, this isn’t the only thing you can do with watermelon rinds. Need a few more ideas?

What to Do with Watermelon Rinds

Do you have any creative ways to use watermelon rinds?

If you want to catch up on previous Scrappy Saturday posts, check them out below: