Watermelons are the culmination of the best parts of summer all wrapped up in one massive delicious package. Fresh, juicy watermelon is one of my absolute favorite fresh fruit snacks, but there are a lot of ways to mess it up. If you’ve ever had a watermelon that was dry, bland, or stringy, you know what I mean. To help ensure your next watermelon snack is the perfect combination of cool, sweet, and juicy, here are simple tricks.
Watermelon is a versatile fruit that can be enjoyed in many different ways. Whether you prefer to eat it raw or cooked, there are several storage options available for this juicy fruit.
Freezing watermelon can extend its shelf life, keep it from turning brown and give you a handy ice-cold snack on a hot summer day.
Freezing Basics To freeze watermelon, choose a piece that is ripe but preferably not overripe. A ripe melon will have a yellow flesh under its green rind, and the outside should be slightly soft to the touch. Cut the watermelon into pieces approximately 1 inch thick or slightly smaller. The smaller you cut it, the more pieces you'll have once they're thawed.
Lay the watermelon pieces in a single layer on a parchment or wax paper-lined baking sheet, and freeze until solid. Once frozen, transfer the pieces to an airtight freezer-safe storage container or zip top bag and freeze for up to 3 months.
You can also pour watermelon juice into ice cube trays and freeze it, then transfer the cubes to an airtight freezer safe storage container or zip top bag. Watermelon juice makes great ice cubes for summer cocktails! Cutting Watermelon for a Party.