Sweet and Sour Melon Pickle Recipe

sweet and sour melon pickle

Use just ripe or very slightly under-ripe melon for this recipe so that the flesh is still firm.

Ingredients for Sweet and Sour Melon Pickle:

  • 1 x 4 lb (1.8 kg) cantaloupe or honeydew melon
  • 2 tablespoons salt
  • 1 teaspoon pickling spice (or make your own to taste)
  • 1 small piece root ginger, chopped
  • ½ pint (285 ml) white wine vinegar
  • 1 ½ lbs (675 g) granulated sugar

Method for Sweet and Sour Melon Pickle:

  1. Cut the melon into quarters and discard the seeds and skin.
  2. Cut into strips and put in a colander. Sprinkle with the salt and leave to stand for 2 hours.
  3. Pour boiling water over the melon to remove all the salt.
  4. Place the spices on a small square of muslin and tie firmly.
  5. Put the melon in a pan with the vinegar and muslin bag. Bring slowly to the the boil and simmer for 5 minutes.
  6. Use a slotted spoon to remove the melon and pack into hot sterilised jars.
  7. Bring the liquid back to the boil and remove the muslin bag. Pour over the melon and seal.

Makes about 3 lbs (1.4  kg) of Sweet and Sour Melon Pickle.

Delicious served with sea food, especially prawns or shrimps served in their shells. Also goes well with salads.

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