3 Ways to Store Watermelon

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3 Ways to Store Watermelon
3 Ways to Store Watermelon
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It's great to eat watermelon on hot days as it is very refreshing. Because it is large, fruit is also difficult to fit in the fridge. A good way to keep it is to cut it into small pieces and put them in the fridge, where they will last a few days. Cut off enough to eat within a few days and store in an airtight container. By doing this, you will preserve the flavor and freshness of the fruit. Furthermore, this makes it easier to use watermelon in recipes.

Steps

Method 1 of 3: Storing Large Pieces

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Step 1. Store the watermelon at room temperature

If you put a whole watermelon in the fridge, you could end up reducing its nutritional potential. While not cutting it, it is best to leave it at room temperature, away from exposure to sunlight.

Do not store an uncut watermelon for more than two weeks

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Step 2. Wrap the exposed part of the fruit with plastic wrap

If you cut it in half and want to keep half of it, use plastic wrap to protect it, and store it in the refrigerator. That way it doesn't absorb the taste and smell of other ingredients inside.

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Step 3. Store larger pieces in the refrigerator

After wrapping the watermelon in plastic, store it in the refrigerator. Finish cutting and eating or freezing it within four days.

Method 2 of 3: Storing Chopped Watermelon

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Step 1. Cut only the amount needed

If you cut a whole watermelon, you'll probably find that you've cut more than you can eat. Cut it in two, and store half in the fridge.

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Step 2. Peel the watermelon

Peel half of the fruit you are going to cut. Place it straight on a cutting board and run the knife from top to bottom, following the curve.

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Step 3. Chop the watermelon into cubes

Cut the watermelon into pieces, make them into rectangles, and finally make cubes of the fruit.

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Step 4. Store the watermelon in an airtight container

Even in an airtight container, the fruit begins to lose its freshness and sweetness by the third or fourth day. So eat it before then, or it will start to lose its juice and flavor.

Method 3 of 3: Freezing the Watermelon

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Step 1. Remove the shell

Cut the watermelon in half and lay it flat on the table. With a large, sharp knife, cut it from top to bottom, following the curve of the fruit. Repeat the procedure with the whole watermelon.

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Step 2. Cut the watermelon into pieces

To make watermelon cubes, cut the fruit into pieces, and then make cubes from them.

  • For example, if you're going to use frozen watermelon in smoothie cocktails or ice cream, it's a good idea to leave it in cubes.
  • Cutting watermelon into cubes is also good to eat freshly. Watermelon, after being frozen and thawed, is softer than in its natural state. Keep this in mind.
  • You can also freeze it in slices. It is easier to store watermelon in slices than in cubes, as it takes up less space.
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Step 3. Freeze the watermelon in just one layer

Place the fruit on a baking sheet, and just one layer. Place the baking sheet in the freezer and allow the watermelon to solidify. Take a peek every ten minutes to see if it's already frozen.

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Step 4. Store the watermelon in an airtight container

After about an hour, the fruit will be frozen. Place it in an airtight container or freezer bag. Under these circumstances, it lasts up to six months.

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