Can I freeze watermelon

In this brief guide, we will address the query, “can I freeze watermelon?” We will also discuss how you can store your watermelon to last longer, signs of spoilage, and its nutritional value.

Can I freeze watermelon?

Yes, you can freeze watermelon. However, you do need to know that it will lose its texture and become mushy. So, freezing watermelon might not be the best idea as the fresh taste might be lost.

This does not mean that you can not freeze watermelon, but it is recommended to not eat thawed watermelon on its own, or you can use the pieces for some other dishes in which the texture might not be noticeable.

How can you freeze watermelon?

Freezing watermelon can let you enjoy it for a longer period. Nevertheless, to avoid losing its sweetness during the process, there are several tips you need to attend to. These tips are

  • First,  you need to wash your fruit to eliminate any dirt. You can even use the help of a brush to be more effective. Then, use some paper towels to dry the watermelon. Remember you also need to wash your hands.
  • Slice the watermelon, using a sharp knife will help you do this. Then, you need to cut it into thin slices. You can also get rid of the rind too.
  • It is time to remove the seeds from all your pieces of watermelon. 
  • Now, you need to cut the watermelon slices into tiny cubes as they are easier to freeze. You can also use the help of a melon baller, this can be more helpful, and it looks cute!
  • All the tiny pieces will be placed over a baking sheet, avoid them coming altogether because it will make the defrosting harder.
  • Put the watermelon into the freezer for 2 hours, or until they are firm.
  • Once frozen, it is time to transfer the cubes into freezer-appropriate containers. You can also label the date to keep track of time.
  • Try to consume the watermelon within a year, after this time, it might lose its quality. 

Keep in mind that you can also just put all the chunks of watermelon in a container, but this way, they will freeze altogether and it will be really hard to use them like that.

What is the appropriate method to thaw frozen watermelon?

It is a summer evening, you have a sweet craving, and remember that you have left in the freezer some cubes of watermelon, how can you thaw them? First of all, you need to know what you are going to prepare with this fruit, so you know if you should defrost it all or partially.

As discussed above, when watermelon is thawed, you might end up with a pureed consistency, which is why it is not recommended to use frozen watermelon for salads, where you can tell the texture is not the same.

However, you can enjoy frozen watermelon chunks if you only let them thaw partially. Also, just thawing partially allows you to use the fruit for frozen blender drinks, desserts, or treats! What is your favorite recipe for watermelon?

How can you use frozen watermelon?

So, you have defrosted your watermelon, now what is next? Well, several recipes can be done with this type of fruit. Some of these, are

As you can tell, there is a huge variety of recipes that can be prepared with this ingredient, and they all are delicious!

Is watermelon healthy?

We all know that this summery fruit tastes amazing and is the perfect snack for a hot summer night. But is it healthy? Well, let me tell you that this fruit is an excellent source of different nutrients, antioxidants, and vitamins.

Because of its composition, watermelon has been associated with different health benefits, such as

  • Keep you hydrated. Drinking water is important for our daily functions. Also, hydration helps different mechanisms in our body. As watermelon exhibits a large content of water (92% of its composition is pure water!)hydration benefits from its consumption.
  • Enriches your nourishment with various nutrients. You can find in watermelon different compounds, like potassium, magnesium, and some vitamins A and C. The nutrition facts about watermelon are
Nutrition facts about 1 cup of watermelon
NameQuantityUnit
Energy46cal
Carbohydrates11.5g
Fiber0.6g
Sugar9.4g
Protein0.9g
Total Fat0.2g

Watermelon also contains citrulline, a chemical compound that has been associated with improving athletic performance. If you want further guidance on this subject, please click here.

Conclusion

In this brief guide, we have addressed the query, “can I freeze watermelon?” We have also discussed other queries related to the subject at hand. 

Hope you found this blog useful. If you have any questions, please let us know.

Citations

https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/watermelon-health-benefits#TOC_TITLE_HDR_3

https://www.bbcgoodfood.com/recipes/collection/watermelon-recipes

https://www.thespruceeats.com/how-do-i-freeze-leftover-watermelon-1388400

Hi, I am Charlotte, I love cooking and in my previous life, I was a chef. I bring some of my experience to the recipes on this hub and answer your food questions.