How to make it

  • Slice melon
  • discard soft flesh (pink bit)
  • Thinly peel hard green rind and discard.
  • Cut remaining peel into squares( white bit)
  • prick well on both sides and weigh pieces.
  • Soak in lime solution 12 to 18 hours
  • Rinse peel well and soak in fresh water for 2 hours.
  • Drain and place pieces in boiling water, one piece at a time. Boil uncovered until just tender, test with a matchstick.
  • To make syrup, combine sugar, water, lemon juice, salt and ginger
  • in a saucepan over low heat and bring to the boil as soon as sugar has dissolved.
  • Place the peel in boiling syrup and boil rapidly until pieces are tender and translucent and syrup is thick.
  • Pack into hot, dry, sterilised jars, fill jars with syrup and seal immediately.

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  • missmymom 6 years ago
    Where can I buy the lime?
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    " It was excellent "
    ristows ate it and said...
    Is the photograph what your melon preserve really looks like - I think there has been a mistake. We have not cooked this in about 10 years - lazy / no time. I eat the pieces like sweets and love the crunchy texture. To us this is preserve or waatlemoenkonfyt - jam is the more sloppy stuff made without the lime treatment.
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  • capedread 10 years ago
    25ml (2T) slaked lime or 50ml (4T) bicarbonate of soda per 5 litres of water for 1 melon

    does that make more sense?
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  • nemo 10 years ago
    i got confused with the measurements.. but i must say that this is the only way i can eat watermelon and actually enjoy it. I LOVE watermelon jam! DOnt get that here either.
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