Watermelon is a delicious fruit that you can eat in many different ways. You can slice it up and put it on your cereal or enjoy it as a refreshing snack with friends on the beach. It’s juicy, refreshing, and so sweet, it can be hard to resist! One simple way of enjoying watermelon even when it’s not in season is by freezing it. So now the question that comes to mind is – Can you freeze watermelon?
The answer is yes! Yes, you can. Watermelons are 90% water, so there’s no doubt that they’ll freeze. However, the concerning point for many people when freezing watermelons is their texture when thawed. The texture of watermelon does change when frozen. The natural bite that watermelons have seems to lessen when frozen and then thawed, so it is always recommended to use the frozen watermelon as is or to only partially thaw it before use. You will also notice some of the natural sweetness of the watermelon decreases when they are frozen for long periods. The ideal timeframe to use your frozen watermelons is between 6-9 months of freezing.
But, before you even start worrying about using your frozen watermelons, you need to have frozen watermelons in your fridge! And that’s what this blog post is all about. This blog post will guide you through all the steps you need to follow to freeze watermelons. And the first step in freezing watermelons is picking the best watermelons possible.
The freshest and ripest watermelons are always the best ones for freezing. But, unfortunately, a lot of people find picking the correct watermelon intimidating. So, here’s a simple guide to help you.
Now that you know how to pick the perfect watermelon, it’s time to prepare it for freezing. First, of course, it’s always a good idea to remove its seeds when freezing any fruit, which can be a pesky task, especially when freezing watermelons. But, of course, using seedless watermelons eliminates this step.
It is easiest to freeze and use watermelon when it is cubed. Follow the steps below to learn a quick and easy method to cube watermelon.
There are a few different ways you can use for freezing watermelons.
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This method makes up for some of the sugar content that’s lost when frozen watermelon is thawed.
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Frozen watermelon will last for 6 – 9 months, perfect for the summer season to come around again! While you could preserve the frozen watermelon for even longer, it’s important to note that watermelons lose their natural sweetness and texture the longer you store it, which is why we don’t recommend freezing the watermelon for beyond nine months.
You can thaw watermelon by simply keeping it in the refrigerator overnight. If you are short on time, you can use running water to speed up the defrosting process. Just be careful to make sure that the container is sealed correctly.
You can use frozen watermelon to make a delicious watermelon smoothie. Simply blend watermelon with almond milk or some other non-dairy milk until you get a smooth consistency. You can also add in frozen strawberries or bananas if you wish.
You can also enjoy watermelon popsicles by freezing the watermelon cubes using a popsicle stick. Another way to enjoy the frozen watermelon is by popping the frozen cubes in a glass of water as refreshing summery ice cubes!
The first step check is the texture of the frozen watermelon. Mushy or slimy watermelon pieces are a clear sign that the fruit has gone bad. The next thing to check is the colour. A deep pink or red colour means that the fruit is healthy. However, if the fruit gives an off-odour or a vinegar-like smell, it indicates that the watermelon has turned sour, and it’s time to toss it.
You can freeze watermelon slices; however, they take up a lot of space in the freezer. In addition, if you plan on using the watermelon slices after thawing them, you will find their texture mushy and delicate to work with, which is not ideal. A better option is to use pre-cut watermelon chunks.
Watermelon can be a temperamental fruit to freeze, but well worth it! This guide shows you multiple methods you can enjoy frozen watermelon. Give any of the methods above a try, and you will be enjoying the taster of summer all year long!
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