Friday, July 27, 2012

Turning Mealy Watermelons into Delight

Devastated. I cut open the adorable little watermelon and it was soft and mealy inside. And not even very sweet. It might seem like an over-reaction, but I LOVE my summer watermelons.

So I got creative and a little messy. And now I'll be excited when my watermelons are mealy.

Old, soft watermelon = Watermelon Juice!
Seedless: Blend. (Strain if desired.)
Seeded: Smash it through a strainer into a bowl.
This was ALL the pulp and seeds left from a small soccer-ball sized watermelon.
Drink what you want now and freeze the rest in an ice cube tray. Or make ice pops.
It won't last very long fresh, but will be great in smoothies or in a glass of mint water on a hot day!
I could not believe the color! Watermelons are great sources of vitamin C, beta carotene/vitamin A, and the powerful antioxidant lycopene (which we usually associate with tomatoes!).
If you watermelon was room temp, pop the juice in the freezer for a few minutes to chill it.
Yummy, hydrating and good for you!

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