I you’ve ever wondered “hmm, can you freeze watermelon?”, you’re in the right place to find the answer. Watermelons, similarly to other fruit, once cut, won’t stay fresh in the fridge for a long time. That’s why many people think about freezing watermelons, so they can use them a couple of weeks or even months later. That’s also the case if one would like to use this fruit when watermelon is not in season. Is that even possible and does it really make sense to freeze watermelon? Read on if you would like to know answers to those questions.
Freezing watermelon – important information
The first thing you need to know is that watermelon can be frozen, but it will become mushy when thawed. If you’ll decide to freeze this fruit, you need to be aware of that. Is this a reason one should not freeze watermelons? It really depends. If you enjoy a fresh watermelon and you would like to freeze it and thaw a couple of months down the road to enjoy it (without any other ingredients) then, it’s not a good idea, because probably you won’t be satisfied with the texture of thawed watermelon. But, if you would like to use it as an ingredient in a prepared dish or drink (smoothie, sorbet), freezing isn’t a bad idea. Similarly to many fruit and veggies, freezing and thawing changes the texture of watermelon, but it can be successfully used in a prepared dish or drink.
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How to freeze watermelon
Freezing a watermelon requires some work. First off, you need to cut off the rind (freezing a whole watermelon isn’t a good idea, believe me, besides, it would take like half of your freezer). Next thing to do is to cut the watermelon into pieces. The size is up to you – some people tend to cut it into dice, others prefer thin slices. Now it’s time for the not-so-fun activity – removing the seeds. If you plan to get the frozen watermelon out of the freezer and directly add to a sorbet recipe, make sure you’ll remove all of them. Please note that it’s easier to remove seeds from a sliced watermelon than from one cut in cubes or balls.
Ok, you’ve got a cut watermelon without the rind and seeds. Not it’s time for freezing it. Take a baking sheet and place the slices or cubes on it (you can line the baking sheet with parchment paper before doing that if you wish). Now put the baking sheet into the freezer for a few hours, so the pieces of watermelon will freeze. Once done, take the baking sheet out of the freezer and transfer frozen pieces into a freezer bag. Remove all air from the bag, seal it tightly and put the bag back into the freezer. Don’t forget to label it properly before doing that. Not you can keep it in the freezer for at least a couple of months (it’s recommended to not freeze watermelon for more than 10-12 months due to quality reasons).
As you should know by now, freezing and thawing a watermelon changes its texture. Because of that, frozen and thawed watermelon works best only in prepared dishes and drinks. If you would like to just enjoy a piece of fresh watermelon when this fruit is not in season, you can freeze it for that purpose, but you probably won’t be satisfied with the results you’ll get.