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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??

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  1. i just tried out nigella lawson's watermelon salad recipe (has feta and black olives and red onion) and thought it was amazing. was skeptical about savory watermelon, but it was really tasty and refreshing. there are other threads about this salad if you do a search.

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    1. re: montecoretiger

      Mmmm... I actually had something similar to this in a restaurant, but never made it. Good idea!

      1. re: Nalega

        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. :)

    2. 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

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      1. re: ickster

        the other benefit is that the pureed watermelon takes up a lot less space. i like mixing it with one part ginger ale myself with a shot of lime.

        1. re: barryc

          Puree is Freezable, too, for later smoothies.

      2. 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.
        Cheers!

        1. More ideas from last week

          Lots of Watermelon
          http://www.chowhound.com/topics/535882

          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
          http://www.watermelon.org/watermelon_...

          1. 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..

            1. cut into chunks, put in tupperware, and eat within the next couple of days. keep in coolest part of fridge.

              1. look at this for grilled watermelon recipes: http://www.chowhound.com/topics/539218