It’s watermelon season, and today I want to discuss how to freeze watermelon. You could be wondering why would you ever want to freeze watermelon, but there are so many uses for frozen watermelon and it beats throwing it in the compost when you can’t eat it fast enough!
Why Freeze Watermelon
In prime watermelon season, the watermelons are HUGE! As a family of 3, it is very difficult to eat an entire watermelon before it starts to turn. Buying a whole watermelon is cheaper than buying precut from the grocery store so by freezing it we are taking advantage of the entire fruit.
If you have an abundance of watermelon or you grow your own, freezing is a great way to preserve watermelon to enjoy in the out-of-season months.
How to Use Frozen Watermelon
There are so many ways to use frozen watermelon. Once frozen watermelon does take on a bit of a grainy texture so eating it thawed on its own isn’t our favourite way.
We like to enjoy frozen watermelon in smoothies, as ice cubes, in cocktails (hello watermelon margaritas), and make watermelon sorbet.
What You Need To Freeze Watermelon
Freezing watermelon is very easy. Unlike freezing green beans or other vegetables, there is no blanching involved. Just thinking of blanching watermelon sounds weird.
All you need are a few items from your kitchen and you are ready to freeze watermelon, and save money!
How To Freeze Watermelon
Start by prepping your baking sheet. Grab some parchment paper to line your baking sheet and set them beside your cutting board.
Chop your watermelon into medium-sized cubes. Removed seeds as you go and transfer to your baking sheets.
Place the cubed watermelon on the baking sheet far enough apart that they are not touching each other.
Once your watermelon is cubed and on the baking sheets, put the watermelon in the freezer for 2 hours.
Once frozen, remove from the freezer and bag in freezer-safe zip lock bags. I like to use medium-sized bags.
Remove as much air as possible and put it back in the freezer.