If you live south of the Mason-Dixon Line, you've probably had friends
or neighbors come to visit carrying a jar of preserved watermelon
rind or pickled watermelon rind as a gift. There are even some who
may remember that famous "Pim Pom Ice Cream," which was
nothing more than fruit juice or Kool-Aid frozen in ice cube trays.
We had a special version that we made with watermelon juice that
was reserved for family ONLY and hidden away when folks came to
- 2 quarts watermelon juice
- 2 cups sugar
- 2 cups water
- 1 tbsp lemon juice
- 2 tsps coarse ground black pepper
In a heavy-bottomed sauce pot, combine sugar, water and lemon juice.
Bring to a rolling boil. Reduce to simmer and, using a wire whisk,
stir until sugar is melted. Skim off any foam that rises to the
surface. Cool in the refrigerator. (You may wish to make this simple
syrup one day ahead.) When ready to freeze, combine cold syrup with
watermelon juice and black pepper. Freeze in your home-style ice
cream freezer according to manufacturer's directions. Enjoy!