Who doesn’t love watermelon in the summer? It’s one of the most refreshing fruits you can eat on a hot day. Watermelon is also very easy to freeze. In fact, it’s one of the best fruits to freeze because it doesn’t lose much taste or texture when frozen. The problem with watermelon is that it has a very short shelf life once cut and left alone. It turns brown within a few days unless you take some measures to preserve its freshness. To prevent your watermelon from going bad, you can freeze it and keep it for months without any change in taste or smell. Let us see how to freeze watermelon properly so that you can enjoy them all year round…
Preparing the Watermelon: You should cut the watermelon into pieces first (both lengthwise and width). You could also slice off any rind or outer skin before this stage. Next, you should remove all seeds and spongy bits. Finally, you should put the watermelon into a clean plastic bag or bag-less bowl.
Quick steps to freeze watermelon
There are a few quick steps to freezing watermelon. You will first need to select the watermelon – make sure you select one that is ripe and has a sweet taste. You will then need to wash the watermelon thoroughly. Once you’re done washing, dry the watermelon, cut it into slices and freeze it immediately. You can freeze it in resealable bags or in an airtight container.
Equipment you’ll need
You don’t need to go overboard to freeze watermelon. You will, however, need a few basic pieces of equipment. These include a sharp knife, a cutting board, a paper towel and a plastic bag or container to freeze the watermelon in. If you are planning to freeze a lot of watermelon, you can consider investing in a vacuum sealer as it can save you a lot of time and effort. A vacuum sealer will allow you to freeze watermelon slices, cubes or even a whole watermelon so that they keep fresh for months. If you don’t want to invest in a vacuum sealer, you can always use a regular resealable bag or an airtight container and remove as much air as possible before freezing the watermelon.
Thawing frozen watermelon
If you want to thaw out frozen watermelon, you can do this either in the refrigerator or at room temperature. You can also defrost watermelon in warm water. Depending on the size of the watermelon and the thawing method you choose, it could take anywhere between 12 to 24 hours to thaw a frozen watermelon out completely. Once thawed, you can either use the watermelon immediately or you can store it in the refrigerator and use it within a few days. You can also freeze watermelon cubes and defrost them as required. This will make it easier to use the cubes as and when you need them.
Once you have thawed the frozen watermelon, you will need to use it as soon as possible. You can use the watermelon in a variety of ways such as in a salad, as part of a dessert or juice or even use it to make watermelon ice cubes. Once thawed, you can either eat the watermelon immediately or refrigerate it and use it within a few days. If you plan to store the watermelon for longer, you will need to re-freeze it to prevent it from going bad. Make sure you defrost the watermelon before re-freezing it. Watermelon freezes well and can be used in a variety of dishes throughout the year.
How to freeze whole watermelon
Freezing a whole watermelon is as simple as freezing sliced watermelon. If you want to freeze a whole watermelon, you can either slice it before freezing it or remove the rind and freeze the flesh inside. You will need to select a ripe watermelon and wash it thoroughly. Once you’re done washing, dry the watermelon and slice it before freezing it. You can either freeze the slices as they are or freeze the slices inside a resealable bag or an airtight container.
How to freeze shredded watermelon
Freezing shredded watermelon is just as easy as freezing sliced watermelon. Simply wash the watermelon thoroughly, dry it and shred it finely. You can either freeze the shredded watermelon as it is or freeze it inside a resealable bag or an airtight container. If you freeze shredded watermelon as it is, you can use a coffee grinder or a food processor to defrost it and make fresh watermelon juice. If you freeze shredded watermelon inside a bag or an airtight container, you can use the defrosted watermelon to make watermelon salad or a watermelon smoothie.
How to freeze cubed watermelon
Freezing watermelon cubes is very similar to freezing shredded watermelon. Simply wash the watermelon thoroughly and dry it completely. Once done, cut the watermelon into cubes and freeze the cubes as they are or freeze them inside a resealable bag or an airtight container. If you freeze the cubes as they are, you can use a coffee grinder or a food processor to defrost them and make fresh watermelon juice. If you freeze cubes inside a bag or an airtight container, you can use the defrosted watermelon to make watermelon salad or a watermelon smoothie. You can also add the watermelon cubes to a salad or a dessert.
Watermelon is a very healthy and refreshing fruit that can be enjoyed all year round, especially during the summer months. You can easily preserve the freshness of watermelon by freezing slices, cubes or even whole watermelons. Once frozen, you can use the watermelon in a variety of ways. It is an excellent way to store watermelon so that you can eat it even when the seasons are over. Frozen Watermelons are safe and still edible. They can also be used in smoothies, sorbet, or other dishes without compromising quality. If you want to enjoy frozen watermelon, the best way to do so is by putting the melons inside a blender, along with water and other ingredients, and making a smoothie out of it.