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Jun 26, 2014 01:30 PM

Salting melon to increase sweetness

I bought a 3 pack of cantaloupe melons @ Costco recently that were only slightly sweet. I cut them up and lightly salted them and let them sit overnight. By the next morning the salt had drawn out a lot of the moisture and concentrated the flavor, sort of like dry aging beef.. They were quite a bit sweeter. Anyone else do this?

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  1. Salting was an old thing people used to do with watermelon. It didn't seem to make a difference to me.

    1. My father always salted his watermelon! I guess nowadays, instead of salting it you add it to salads with salty feta and olives. I do think there is something to the salt making it sweeter.

      1. My (89 year old) father won't eat a cantaloupe without a generous shake of salt, a squeeze of lemon & a sprig of mint. But he salts at the table & eats immediately. I've never heard of salting overnight. Do you wipe off the salt in the morning?

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        1. re: THewat

          The salt was dissolved by morning but I did pour off the water/juice that came out and truth be told did add some artificial sweetener because it still wasn't sweet enough for me.

        2. We use pepper to enhance the sense of sweetness.

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          1. re: magiesmom

            Yup. A smoky pepper can really work well with fruit. I like ghost pepper but that's just me.

          2. I always salt canteloupe and watermelon, but not overnight - just sprinkle some on each piece/slice/bite as I eat it fresh. I learned this growing up, from my mom.

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