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Salting melon to increase sweetness

zackly Jun 26, 2014 01:30 PM

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. dave_c RE: zackly Jun 26, 2014 01:40 PM

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

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      Susan627 RE: zackly Jun 26, 2014 01:48 PM

      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. THewat RE: zackly Jun 26, 2014 04:18 PM

        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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          zackly RE: THewat Jun 26, 2014 04:21 PM

          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.

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          magiesmom RE: zackly Jun 27, 2014 01:09 AM

          We use pepper to enhance the sense of sweetness.

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            carrytheone RE: magiesmom Jun 29, 2014 06:39 AM

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

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            calmossimo RE: zackly Jun 27, 2014 08:20 AM

            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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              mike0989 RE: calmossimo Jun 27, 2014 09:44 AM

              That's the same way I eat them

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              smtucker RE: zackly Jun 27, 2014 08:53 AM

              I was taught by my grandmother to add a touch of salt to any melon. Of course, in Europe you often are served melon with a slice of salty, cured ham which has the same effect. I still find that a bit of salt amplifies the natural melon flavors.

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                cleobeach RE: zackly Jun 27, 2014 09:38 AM

                Pepper on cantaloupe was standard when I was growing up.

                I put a bit of salt on watermelon.

                1. ipsedixit RE: zackly Jun 27, 2014 09:57 AM

                  Sometimes I will salt. But only right before I eat. Not as a way of seasoning my fruit, overnight.

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                    Siegal RE: zackly Jun 27, 2014 10:03 AM

                    I work with a lot of South Americans and they salt everything. Mangos, apples, avocados. Pepper on the apples. Lemon juice if the mangos aren't ripe

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                      John Francis RE: zackly Jun 29, 2014 06:45 AM

                      When growing up, my family had canteloupd pretty often, both parents put salt on their slices at the table so I did it too, and I like it.

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