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Lots of Watermelon

jello Jul 6, 2008 08:22 AM

I bought a huge watermelon and although we have been eating it I still have too much. Does anyone have any ideas for what to do with extra watermelon??

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  1. jayt90 RE: jello Jul 6, 2008 08:34 AM

    a food saver bag or container will concentrate the flesh and separate the juice, plus keep it fresh for a few days.

    1. monavano RE: jello Jul 6, 2008 08:48 AM

      Watermelon granita. Great for the hot weather.

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        HillJ RE: jello Jul 6, 2008 09:15 AM

        Frozen watermelon treats (thick slices placed on a wooden ice cream stick) keeps my kids happy for those late afternoon cravings before dinner.

        1. Boccone Dolce RE: jello Jul 6, 2008 10:56 AM

          I cut it into nice chunks, put it in a pretty bowl and brought it to my friend/neighbor next door.
          I pretty much HATE wartermelon but it wasn't bad sprinkled with some kosher salt and eaten with chopsticks... dog tasted it too.

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            Ruth Lafler RE: Boccone Dolce Jul 6, 2008 07:48 PM

            My dog loves watermelon -- if I give her a piece with the rind, she'll scrape all the flesh from the rind with her front teeth, then gnaw on the rind.

            Watermelon sorbet is easy and delicious (and keeps until you're not tired of watermelon anymore).

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            andrewm RE: jello Jul 6, 2008 11:12 AM

            Make Watermelon Curry:


            Camillia Panjabi's original recipe from 50 Great Curries of India is slightly different than the one on that page. Has lime juice first before lemon juice, has similar spices in slightly more timid quantities...

            1. ElsieB RE: jello Jul 6, 2008 11:21 AM

              Recently tried 'watermelon steaks' from a mark bittman book. Brush slices w oil, some rosemary, some S&P & grill on high both sides. I did it out of curiousity, it was tasty but better for small tastes or appetizers rather than as a meal.

              1. livetocook RE: jello Jul 6, 2008 11:43 AM

                Made Nigella's watermelon salad for my brother's b-day BBQ. It was a big hit


                note: I omitted the olives only because not everyone likes them plus I made one with and without feta for the same reason. In my opinion, the mint and lime were what made this salad. It was incredibly refreshing

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                  LaLa RE: livetocook Jul 6, 2008 01:56 PM

                  A little mint and lemon juice (or lime)

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                  weezycom RE: jello Jul 6, 2008 06:03 PM

                  Melon water -- 2 parts water to 1 part pureed & seeded watermelon. Chill in the fridge. Very refreshing!

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                    DiningDiva RE: weezycom Jul 7, 2008 12:52 PM

                    Aqua de sandia, a Mexican aqua fresca made with watermelon. It's good and it's exactly what I did with my excess watermelon. Add some rum and it's an interesting and drinkable cocktail

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                      karykat RE: DiningDiva Jul 7, 2008 06:54 PM

                      That's what I was thinking too. Here's a link for a recipe from the LATimes: http://www.latimes.com/features/food/...

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                        DiningDiva RE: karykat Jul 7, 2008 08:41 PM

                        Very similar to what I did. Didn't use agave nectar though I had it. I made simple syrup with lime part lime juice and added it to the pureed watermelon. Refreshing.

                  2. rworange RE: jello Jul 6, 2008 06:52 PM

                    This site has a few hundred recipes for watermelon ... Drinks & Beverages, Breakfasts, Appetizers, Salads, Sides, Sandwiches, Entrees, Sauces, Salsas, Desserts

                    1. Emme RE: jello Jul 6, 2008 07:24 PM

                      watermelon gazpacho
                      http://www.boston.com/ae/food/article... (w/ tomatoes
                      )http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/foo... (w/ cucumbers)

                      1. thew RE: jello Jul 6, 2008 07:51 PM

                        watermelon salsa

                        1. ElsieB RE: jello Jul 7, 2008 11:50 AM

                          Horses love the rinds!

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                            thew RE: ElsieB Jul 7, 2008 06:23 PM

                            cows too. living on the beaches in india we used to joke that a rind wrapped in newspaper was like an eclair to a cow

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                              weem RE: thew Jul 7, 2008 11:03 PM

                              Heheh, that's funny. Also, don't forget pickled watermelon rinds, which are a tasty treat for humans.

                          2. Beach Chick RE: jello Jul 7, 2008 06:51 PM

                            On the 4th of July, I entered into a watermelon contest at the Phoenician Resort and man, did I eat a lot of it..didn't win but the video is priceless.
                            watermelon juice, watermelon and feta salad, watermelon martini..watermelon icecubes are my fav's.
                            And the latest study about Citrulline, which is found in the flesh and the rind.
                            ; )

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                            1. re: Beach Chick
                              twodales RE: Beach Chick Jul 7, 2008 08:23 PM

                              Cut into chunks. Freeze and when desired throw said chunks into a blender, preferably with a little rum. No need to add ice. Very refreshing...so pace yourself.

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