Friday, July 3, 2009

Summertime and Watermelon

Watermelon is so refreshing in the summertime, and I can't think of a better treat at a cookout than cold watermelon!

Last summer I bought a seedless watermelon at the local farmer's market so that our family could enjoy it.
I found that we were up to our ears in watermelon, and didn't want to waste it! So I decided to try something that just popped into my head at that moment.

I began cutting up the watermelon into large chunks, removing and discarding the rind. I then put the chunks into the blender and gave it a whirl, until it was liquified. I proceeded to pour the watermelon puree into ice cube trays and place them into the freezer. Once frozen, I put the cubes in freezer baggies.

Ideas for Watermelon ice cubes:
  • Use in place of frozen strawberries in your next fruit smoothie
  • Add to your lemonade/limeade as the ice for a FUN new flavor
  • Make a watermelon daiquiri (no need for ice, the cubes work as both your fruit and your ice!)

I also poured some watermelon puree into popsicle molds. I added NOTHING and my family was able to enjoy the great taste of watermelon, as a healthy treat on a hot day!

So next time you head to the grocery store or farmer's market, don't avoid the watermelon because of it's size, and don't throw any out when you're done eating it- get creative with the leftovers!

1 comment:

  1. I did that a couple of summers ago, and we were able to enjoy the watermelon for ages! We did something really yummy with it for breakfast, and now I can't remember what it was...