Week 39: Least Favorite Foods – Pickled Watermelon Rinds
It seemed that my Grandmother Ruby Clark could make anything out of just about anything and nothing went to waste. She had the most wonderful rolls, pies, cakes, noodles and meats – all homemade. As a matter of fact I thought Chili was severed with macaroni all the time until my mom explained that only Grandma served it that way. She served it with noodles to make the pot go further with all of her kids. Everything she made was wonderful except pickled watermelon rinds. Grandma would collect our watermelon rinds barely waiting for us to finish eating our slices and pile them all together. Just thinking about the germs from all the people that had eaten the watermelon was enough to deter me. Now I understand that she would cut them up and remove the parts that had our teeth marks in them but jeez! Sometimes you just need to throw things away!
I don’t recall it being an item that went home with us after a visit with Grandma. I do remember the pickles, chow chow, tomato sauce, green beans and all other wonderful things that Grandma would can. I don’t think anyone in our family ate them but someone had to of eaten them or she wouldn’t have bothered to make them to begin with. Perhaps it was something Grandma favored herself. I recall smelling an open jar of watermelon rind pickles once and I, a devoted pickle eater, ran for the hills.
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