It’s time for How To Prepare What’s On Sale! Just in time for Labor Day, whole seedless watermelon is $0.18/lb at Sprouts.
Here are some tips for choosing, storing, and serving watermelon!
When looking for the best watermelon, pick up several and compare their weight. The heaviest watermelon for its size will be the most ripe. Look for a watermelon without bruises or spots that are soft to the touch.
Also, when choosing a watermelon, check the light-colored, flattened spot where the watermelon was lying on the ground — it will be yellowish, not white, if the watermelon is ripe.
Cutting and storing:
Here is a great step-by-step tutorial on how to cut and store watermelon. Be sure your knife is large enough and sharp enough!
If you garden and want to grow your own watermelon, try saving the seeds from this year’s watermelon. Check out this simple tutorial on how to store watermelon seeds for future planting. Here’s an article with tips on how to successfully grow watermelon in Colorado. I hear that growing watermelon in this climate isn’t the simplest task, but it can be done with the right type of care.
Are you one of those folks who likes to put salt on your watermelon? I’ve seen people do this and they insist it brings out the flavor of the watermelon. What do you think?
My favorite way to prepare watermelon (other than slicing and serving!) is in this Simple Watermelon Cooler. Watermelon and lime juice are blended into a refreshing summertime drink. Watermelon that’s already cut and cubed can be frozen to use in blended drinks like this one. Freezing watermelon changes the texture so it’s not good for eating, but frozen watermelon is great for the blender!
Do you have any tips for using watermelon? What’s your favorite way to serve it?