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Quicktip # 80~ How to save your watermelon and eat it, too.

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

I really like watermelon.
Its a great base for tasty summer smoothies.

The problem in my house, is that I'm the only one that eats it.
So I needed to find a way to preserve one of those big ole melons all week long, without it going bad or leaking all over the fridge.

This is my solution:

Start by determining your melon's flat side.
its usually the lightest side of the melon... the side with the dirt.
This will be its "bottom" the most stable side of the melon.

Give your melon a bath in your sink, remove all dirt.
Clean the top of the melon with a bit of dish detergent, since this is the side where you will be doing your surgery.

Dry off the melon.

Cut a large "D" shaped hole in the melon's top with a sharp steak knife.
How large? I make mine about 8 inches.
Angle the blade of the knife so that the cut is at a 45 degree angle, rather than straight up and down.

This is known as the "Jack-o- lantern Principle".. a way of creating an entry ithat will keep the D from falling back into the melon when you reposition it after you're done removing your share of melon.

Lift off this "D",
Reserve the red flesh to eat and the D to make... well a Door from which you will be extracting your melon's flesh with a long handled serving spoon for the rest of the week.

When you are done removing melon, put the D back in its place and put your melon back in the fridge.


With this method, all the juices stay in the melon, it doesn't pick up fridge odors, the flesh remains crisp, the seal is adequate to keep the melon's flesh firm AND you don't have to use a container or plastic wrap.

When you're done at the end of the week, just compost the shell.

Bon Appetit!

: )
Update 8/15/13
Lively Girl asked for a pic, so this morning I took one:

Thx everyone for their comments, I enjoyed reading them!
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  • MJ7DM33
    Thx so much! emoticon idea!
    1712 days ago
  • SKATER787
    Mizzi, Thanks for the goodies and the question. I came across the info on mono-fruit fasting in the book, They Way of Ayurvedic Herbs, where Yogi Bhajan advocates 3 days of all you can eat watermelon. Thanks to your question, I went back and re-read and saw he mentioned that it cleans out kidney deposts and gallbladder (page 48). I don't even remember that part about the kidney thing. I only remembered the 3 day mono-fruit.

    Here is a link to a one day version:

    Of course, people with kidney problems shouldn't try this. But if you're healthy, then it's a good thing to do. I'm not strict about it and since I like pizza. I'd do all you can eat pizza and watermelon weekends. Pizza without processed meats is quite OK. But mostly I go after the watermelon, pizza is only secondary. I'd finish off 1 and 1/2 melons in a weekened. So go for it! You can eat quite a bit of melon in one day. emoticon
    1712 days ago
    I love watermelon too. Thank goodness my hubby does too as I would not want to eat a whole one by myself. LOL. We kind of go nuts on ours and eat a fourth of it at a time.
    1713 days ago
    1713 days ago
    I never buy a whole melon because they sell small pieces however.... you are very clever! I got a kick out of reading your tip! emoticon
    1713 days ago
    Perfect! I've been cutting up the entire melon and putting it in a large Tupperware bowl. My husband by is spoiled, only eats melons if I've done the work!
    1713 days ago
    Great idea!
    1713 days ago
    emoticon thanks for the great tip!
    1713 days ago
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    Have a good day hun emoticon
    1713 days ago
    Fantastic! Just in time for our summer. emoticon
    1713 days ago
    emoticon AWESOME!! Many more Watermelons will be invited to My House since I have this Trick!!
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    1713 days ago
    Great idea! Will think of it next summer when the melons come back. Right now they are starting to get less sweet. When you mentioned the side of the watermelon with the white and dirt. I was told the yellower it is in that particular spot the sweeter the melon, so far so good, in my choice of melons, I never got that thumping part?
    1713 days ago
    Great to know and I too love watermelon!
    1713 days ago
  • UNICORN212
    Cool idea!
    1713 days ago
    I never heard this. What an idea. I was looking for a picture, but I think I get it. emoticon
    1714 days ago
  • SKATER787
    Mizzy, good job. Very clever.

    I'm a huge watermelon fan. A couple of months ago, I did a kidney cleanse using herbs for 36 days. Then I found out that eating about 3 cups of watermelon per day for a week is one method of doing kidney cleanse. Heck, that's nothing. I consume a lot more than that. So I've accidentally been doing kidney cleanse all these years but didn't know it.

    I've been doing all you can eat watermelon on the weekends since the season started. Usually I bought 2 at a time. But last weekend, I started with huge 2 seedless at Sam's then I had to go to HEB and saw the seeded for much cheaper and bigger, so I bought 2 more seeded. I finished 1 seeded in two days and already started on the 2nd one but got busy at work so I haven't had the time to finish off the 2nd one. But it will be gone and I can start on the seedless.

    My advice is go for all you can eat for kidney cleansing. In fact, I don't think it's a bad idea for 2 days of watermelon diet. All you can eat watermelon only. Not for losing weight but for the kidneys.

    Hey what is this Mizzy? You and I like the same thing like ducks and watermelons. LOL emoticon
    1714 days ago
    super tip. thanks
    1714 days ago
    That is genius! I will give that a try - I just picked up a melon this morning.
    Thank you for sharing - have a wonderful day! :D
    1714 days ago
  • ALICEART2010
    Thanks for the tip! :)
    1714 days ago
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