Watermelon is refreshing and great for snacks and desserts. Although it’s found across the U.S. in summer, you thankfully can freeze watermelon and enjoy it year-round.
Watermelon is a delicious, juicy summer fruit. But, as it’s seasonal, can you eat it outside of the summer months? You can, if you freeze it. Frozen watermelon can be used in a range of summery dishes, giving you that sweet, juicy taste whenever you want it.
Loaded with vitamin C and made up of over 90 percent water, watermelon is a breeze to freeze. Just don’t try to freeze a whole watermelon, as that would take a very long time to defrost.
How to Freeze Watermelon
Freezing watermelon takes only a little preparation. If stored properly, it can last up to 8 months. You can choose to use the frozen watermelon in your recipes, or defrost it for a softer texture.
- Slice the watermelon and remove all the seeds and the rind.
- Cut into cubes.
- Place on a parchment paper substitute on a baking tray and freeze for a few hours.
- When solid, place in eco-friendly containers (see below for a guide to plastic-free food containers).
- To thaw, place in the fridge for a short time to maintain a firm texture. When fully thawed it is more like a puree, which is suitable for juice or popsicle recipes.
1. Watermelon Juice
- 4 cups cubed and seeded frozen watermelon, thawed
- 2 tbsp. lime juice
- Blend the watermelon and lime juice well in a blender.
- Serve immediately.
2. Watermelon Berry Popsicle
Yield: 12 popsicles
- 3 cups cubed and seeded watermelon frozen watermelon, thawed
- 1 cup raspberries
- 1 cup cherries, pits removed
- 1 tbsp. lime juice
- Blend watermelon, raspberries, cherries and lime.
- Pour into reusable popsicle molds and insert popsicle sticks.
- Freeze overnight.
- To remove from the molds, run under warm water for a few seconds to loosen.
- After you remove the frozen popsicles from the molds, put them in a reusable container and return to the freezer.
3. Summer Fruit Salad
Yield: 10 portions
- 4 cups cubed seeded frozen watermelon, partially thawed in the fridge
- 10 cups assorted prepared seasonal fruits such as cantaloupe and honeydew melon balls, de-pitted cherries, halved strawberries, sliced nectarines and seedless grapes
- 1 cup organic fruit juice
- 1 cup water
- Place cubed watermelon and other fruit in a large serving bowl.
- Mix 1 cup of water with 1 cup of organic fruit juice and pour into the bowl.
4. Watermelon Sorbet
Yield: 10 portions
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 3/4 cup water
- 6 cups cubed and seeded frozen watermelon
- 2 tbsp. lime juice
- Mix sugar and water in a saucepan. Slowly boil over a medium heat, stirring to dissolve the sugar.
- Reduce heat to low and simmer for 5 minutes. Remove from heat and let it cool for about 45 minutes. Cover and refrigerate until chilled.
- Blend watermelon and lime juice in a food processor.
- Whisk in the sugar water mixture.
- Pour the watermelon mixture into a shallow metal pan and freeze until ice crystals form around the edges. Stir the ice crystals into the center of the pan and return to the freezer; repeat every 20 minutes until all the liquid is frozen.
- Serve immediately or transfer to a food container and let it harden in the freezer for 1 to 1 1/2 hours. Serve in cooled dishes.
5. Watermelon Gazpacho
Yield: 4 portions
- 8 cups finely cubed and seeded watermelon
- 1 medium cucumber, peeled, seeded and chopped
- 1/2 chopped red bell pepper
- 1/4 cup chopped fresh basil
- 1/4 cup chopped flat-leaf parsley
- 3 tbsp. red-wine vinegar
- 2 tbsp. minced shallot
- 2 tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil
- 3/4 tsp. salt
- Mix all of the ingredients in a large bowl.
- Puree 3 cups of the mixture in a food processor to the desired smoothness; transfer to another large bowl.
- Puree another 3 cups and add to the bowl. Stir in the remaining diced mixture. Serve at room temperature or chilled, with crusty bread or corn bread.
- Cover and refrigerate for up to 1 day.
Suitable Containers for Freezing Watermelon
To be as sustainable as possible it is best to avoid plastic containers, especially single-use. For when you don’t need a certain shape of container, like a popsicle mold, stainless steel and glass containers are usually a great choice.
To know more, check out our guide with 6 sustainable household hacks on how to freeze foods without plastic.
- Watermelon Rind: Why You Should Eat Watermelon Rind and How to Prepare it
- Juice Pops: Healthy Homemade Popsicle Recipes
- Quick Fruit Salad Recipe
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