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How to Freeze Watermelon (for Smoothies Etc.)


You can freeze watermelon if you plan to use it in smoothies, desserts that use pureed frozen watermelon, and other recipes for which the pieces do not need to be whole. The freezing process changes the texture of watermelon after you thaw it, which is why it is not recommended that you freeze watermelon if your recipe calls for whole watermelon pieces that will not get mashed up.

The best way to freeze watermelon cubes is to first freeze them individually, and once they are frozen solid, transfer them to a container or freezer bags. This ensures the pieces won't stick together after freezing, and you won't have to pry them apart when you need to grab just a handful for use in a smoothie or a frozen dessert. For detailed instructions on how to freeze watermelon, and ideas on how you can use frozen watermelon, read on.

Equipment Needed for Freezing Watermelon

Freezing watermelon isn't hard, and it takes very little time if you have the right equipment. So, before you begin, make sure you have the following items on hand:

How to Freeze Watermelon

  1. Remove and discard the rind (and the seeds, if you want). Cut the pink flesh into bite-sized cubes.
  2. Arrange the cubes in a single layer on a baking sheet lined with a freezer-safe silicone baking mat or parchment paper.
  3. Cover the baking sheet with plastic wrap, and place it in the freezer, making sure that it's secure and level so it won't fall when the freezer door is opened.
  4. Once the watermelon cubes are thoroughly frozen, transfer them to freezer-safe bags or lidded containers.
  5. Label and date the bags or containers, and return the watermelon to the freezer.

Frozen Watermelon is Perfect for Smoothies and Sorbet-Like Desserts

Using frozen watermelon cubes in a smoothie makes your drink thick and icy cold. So, if you're longing for a refreshing, thick drink, grab a few watermelon cubes from the freezer, let them thaw slightly, and then puree in a high-powered blender along with other smoothie ingredients.

Another great way to use up your store of frozen watermelon is to turn it into sorbet-like desserts using one of the popular Yonanas, Swirlio or Dessert Bullet. Now, in case you missed the memo, these ingenious gadgets turn frozen fruits into healthy, 100% fruit-based desserts that look and feel a lot like real sorbet. And they do it in a matter of seconds. All you have to do is feed your Yonanas maker, Swirlio or Dessert Bullet some frozen fruit (such as watermelon, banana and/or mango pieces), and it will almost immediately start extruding your dessert directly into a serving bowl.

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