Too much watermelon!
I love my DH - he called on the way home from work "I'm stopping at the supermarket, so you want any fruit". I said, "get some watermelon". I got home and there's a 15 pound watermelon waiting for me. HELP!
I'm already working on a batch of sorbet (1/8 of the watermelon). I force fed him a couple of slices, I ate some, and I made a bowl for myself to bring to work tomorrow (another 1/8 of the watermelon).
I have 3/4 of a huge watermelon to deal with, and it's just the 2 of us! What can I do with all the extra melon before it goes bad??
Just a gentle reminder that watermelon salad is fantastic when made "fresh", but I personally do not like the watermelon salad leftover. It gets mushy and the flavors don't pop as nicely when it sits.......so if you're tempted to make a big batch of it to eat over a few days, please reconsider. :)
In Latin America, and specifically Mexico, they typically take fresh fruit and blend it with water and sugar to make refreshing drinks called aguas frescas (think the technique used to make lemonade but with pureed watermelon instead of squuezed lemons).
Cut the watermelon into chunks
Puree in blender with a bit of water
Repeat until desired watermelon is all used up
Add sugar and more water if consistency is too thick--to taste
Whatever you do, don't throw out the rind. Pickled watermelon rind is great & makes an interesting condiment for all kinds of dishes. They also make a unique gift for your foodie friends! My grandmother & mother always made their own & I recently made my first batch! Here's the recipe:
1 watermelon rind
4 cups vinegar
8 lbs. sugar
4 TBL whole cloves
4 TBL cinnamon sticks
Cut rind (remove all red & green) into 2 inch squares. Soak in 1 cup salt & water to cover for 12-15 hours, then pour off and boil in fresh water. Boil sugar and vinegar 10 minutes. Add spices tied in bag. Simmer until syrupy, about 2 hours. Add melon and simmer 1 hour. Fill jars and seal. Yields about 12 pints.
More ideas from last week
Lots of Watermelon
A repeat from my post on that thread ...
This site has a few hundred recipes for watermelon ... Drinks & Beverages, Breakfasts, Appetizers, Salads, Sides, Sandwiches, Entrees, Sauces, Salsas, Desserts
This happens to us all the time. the kids swear they'll eat the whole thing if I buy it but then 3/4 of it is still sitting there. So I decided to invest in some popsicle molds..they have them at craft stores for cheaper than what you find at Target. Puree the watermelon w/ some sugar & lime juice, strain & freeze. You could even freeze them in ice cube trays.
or make a granita..
cut into chunks, put in tupperware, and eat within the next couple of days. keep in coolest part of fridge.