Last updated on October 8th, 2022 at 01:39 am
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Did you know that watermelons are made up of 92% water? That is a welcome fact when you are looking for a refreshing fruit to munch on during a hot summer day. Early explorers thought so too, as they even used the large fruits as drink bottles to hold their water for traveling.
Watermelons are not just used as a healthy summer snack, but are also used in making fruit juice. Watermelon juice is available at almost any store and is a deliciously healthy treat with its high levels of Vitamin C, Vitamin A, Vitamin B6, and lycopene, as well as lots of healthy antioxidants and amino acids.
Maybe you already knew about all these benefits and decided to make your own watermelon juice, this delectable fruit makes for some great tasting homemade juice, and it can even be placed in the freezer for longer life.
Homemade watermelon juice is also a healthy alternative to your sugary store bought options as well!
Watermelon juice can be frozen as long as it is prepared for the freezer in the correct way.
The steps for freezing watermelon juice are fairly straightforward. All you need to do is place the juice, whether homemade or store bought, in an airtight container and leave room at the top.This extra space gives room in the container for the liquid to expand while freezing.
This method allows the juice to keep for around 2 months instead of it going bad in 3-5 days if kept in the fridge. If your juice is kept in the fridge, make sure to only make a small quantity, since it loses flavor quickly in a non-freezer setting.
How Can I Make My Own Watermelon Juice?
Homemade watermelon juice is a refreshing option for those hot summer days, and it is not even that hard to make yourself! It can also be endlessly customizable with other fruit, spices, or yogurt to turn the juice into a tasty dessert.
It is fairly easy to make your own watermelon juice and it does not require many ingredients. All you will need is watermelon, sugar, ice, and water.
First, you will need to cut your watermelon into quarters, take one quarter of the watermelon and spoon out the insides. Then, place the fruit into your blender.
It is probably easiest to use a seedless watermelon since you don’t want any of its black seeds in your final product.
Next, add your other ingredients to the blender. Take ⅛ cup of sugar, ⅛ cup of water, and 1 cup crushed ice, then blend well. For a whole watermelon, you can take these ingredients and multiply them by four.
A whole watermelon will serve a larger group and will make about 8 servings.
There are several great reasons to drink watermelon juice as well! First, watermelon juice helps with weight loss, since it is mostly water anyways! Because of its high water content it also helps hydrate your skin and reduce the appearance of aging.
The vitamins found in the melon are also packed with hair strengthening power that makes for healthier follicles.
Can I Preserve My Entire Watermelon?
Besides just making it into juice, there are several other ways to make your watermelon last a bit longer if you are not eating it right away. Since watermelons are such large fruits, it usually takes a family gathering to consume an entire watermelon in one sitting.
Knowing your options for preservation and storage will help you make your life a little more efficient.
There are several ways to preserve an entire watermelon. You can store them on the counter, fridge, or freezer.
First, there is the most popular way, storing the watermelon at room temperature. Putting an entire watermelon in the refrigerator takes away some of its nutritional value while also just taking up too much space!
If you are not planning on using your watermelon right away, you can plan on storing it in a cool and dark place, like a pantry, until use.
Next, if your watermelon is cut, it is best to store it in the fridge if you are not using it immediately. Much like an avocado, watermelons must be kept in an airtight container so it doesn’t lose its flavor too quickly.
This can be done by putting your chopped watermelon in a bowl and then covering it tightly with plastic wrap or an airtight lid. If the watermelon is stored correctly, it will stop it from soaking in other smells and flavors that are already present in your fridge.
Once a watermelon is cut and stored in the fridge, it will still lose its flavor after around four days, so make sure to use it soon after.
Lastly, you can freeze your watermelon. Much like freezing watermelon juice, watermelon placed in the freezer can last much longer and still retain most of its flavor!
To freeze your watermelon, first cut off the green and white watermelon rind. Then, cut the melon into small two inch cubes or slices. From here, place the portions on a cookie sheet so that they don’t touch, and place them in the freezer.
Once your watermelon chunks have frozen, you can place them in an airtight freezer container or bag. Once frozen, these will last for about six months!
Your now frozen watermelon chunks can go great in smoothies, ice cream, and any other things you can dream up!
Frozen watermelon and fresh watermelon alike have so many wonderful uses and benefits, as you have seen. Depending on what your plans are, frozen watermelon can last for a few months or even up to six months in your home freezer!
Besides some of the juice options I mentioned, there are so many more ways to use your delectable fruit! It can be used for salads, popsicles, salsa, and plenty of other creative recipes.
Other people like Watermelon.org know this too, and provide endless ideas for your watermelon cravings on their site!
“Life is like eating a watermelon, you know you’re going to get some seeds…just spit them out and take another bite!” – Jeff Steinmann