Watermelons are at an all time low price of $3.00 for a seedless melon. In Florida at this time of the year there are people selling watermelons on every corner. We have found the secret to buying sweet melons. Only purchase one and take home for a taste test. If its only okay tasting then we try another corner selling melons but if it is super sweet and just about the best we have ever tasted then we go back (with in a few hours) and buy 5 or 6 at a time. So that is what happened and now I have a load of super sweet watermelons.
Freezing watermelon is simple and if done properly then the melons will taste great when thawed. This is how I freeze watermelons.
Watermelon Popsicles are only good for a short time in the freezer .Over time the watermelon will loose its texture when stored in this way. I only freeze enough for a few weeks of snacks. Kids love this cold treat and I love that it is only fruit no extras added. An easy treat to have on hand to serve by the pool in the summer.
For longer frozen storage
Cut watermelon into large chunks
Mix 1/2 cup sugar to 1/2 gallon water to make a syrup
Place chunks in quart size freezer bag
Pour enough of the prepared syrup in bag to cover watermelon chunks
Remove excess air from bag and close
Place bags of watermelon on sheet tray in freezer (this help them to freeze flat)
To serve frozen watermelon
Remove from freezer and place in fridge to thaw
Before serving pour out syrup
Syrup can be used to flavor tea or to infuse water (remember it contains sugar)
The texture is not the same as a fresh melon but in the winter when melons are expensive or not available it is nice to open up the freezer and take out a bag of watermelon. Its like taking a bag of summertime out of your freezer.