The recipe for these savory pickles is based on one that appears in Pickled: Preserving a World of Tastes and Traditions by Lucy Norris (Stewart, Tabori & Chang, 2003); it was contributed by Sophia Vinokurau, the owner of M & I International Foods in Brooklyn, New York.
- 1⁄4 cup kosher salt
- 1⁄4 cup sugar
- 1 tbsp. pickling spices
- 3⁄4 tsp. cayenne
- 1⁄2 tsp. distilled white vinegar
- 8 cloves peeled garlic, smashed
- 5 ribs celery, coarsely chopped
- 1⁄2 bunch dill, roots trimmed
- 2 lb. watermelon, rind left on, cut into 1"-thick wedges
In a large nonreactive bowl or pot, stir together salt, sugar, pickling spices, cayenne, vinegar, garlic, celery, dill, and 8 cups water until salt and sugar dissolve. Submerge the watermelon wedges. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 1 week and up to 2 weeks before serving.