What to do with leftover watermelon

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Last Updated on May 14, 2021 by Chef Mireille

What to do with leftover watermelon

How to store watermelon and a variety of 15 Watermelon Recipes using the rind, pith and flesh. Try this collection of both sweet and savory Watermelon Recipes to utilize all of your watermelon, practicing no waste!

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For a long time, I used to think watermelon was only good for eating as is. A favorite summertime treat from childhood were slices of refreshing, juicy watermelon. I then discovered Watermelon Juice and that is so refreshing on hot summer days.

However, in recent years, I have discovered watermelon is such a versatile ingredient and can be used in so many ways. It can be utilized into both savory and sweet recipes.

Not only the flesh, but both the rind and the skin can be used in a variety of sweet and savory recipes.

I recently came home with 1/2 a watermelon and wanted to see how many different recipes I could make with it.

But before we even get to utilizing the watermelon, it is important to know How to Pick the Perfect Watermelon Every Time.

What can you make with 1/2 a watermelon?

I started off with this quick and easy Watermelon Salsa, delicious to go with some tortillas chips or as a condiment on some Fish Tacos.

Watermelon Salsa recipe

Rajasthani Watermelon Curry was made with 1/2 of my 1/2 a watermelon. This savory curry goes well with any of your favorite Indian flatbreads like Aloo Kulcha.

A little bit was used to make these refreshing and delicious Watermelon Sangria Popsicles.

Watermelon Sangria Popsicles

….and I still had some leftover to munch on as is!

Storing Leftover Watermelon

Once you cut open a watermelon, it does not last very long, even when left on the skin.

If you cut it up into pieces and remove skin and rind, it will deteriorate even faster. Water comes out of the fruit and as the chunks of fruit sit in this excess liquid, the fruit will start to turn rancid.

If you do have some cut up and stored in the fridge, you should drain out the excess liquid every morning and it should last up to 3 days.

More than than, it will end up in the garbage and none of us want to waste food right!

Therefore, when you purchase watermelon, I suggest immediately trying a few of these recipes and save just enough for snacking.

BONUS RECIPE : You can use the methodology in this Pineapple Strawberry Agua Fresca and make Watermelon Agua Fresca.

Check out all the recipes you can make with Watermelon!

15 Watermelon Recipes

A collection of 15 both sweet and savory recipes utilizing watermelon.

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About Chef Mireille

Chef Mireille is a NYC based freelance chef instructor and food photographer. Due to her very diverse family background, she was able to travel and learn about global cultures and flavors from a young age. Her passion for culture, cooking, history and education had made her an expert on developing traditional globally inspired recipes & delicious fusion cuisine.
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  1. Usha

    Never would have thought if so many ways to use up watermelon. Thanks for including my post in the round up!!

  2. Mayuri Patel

    Awesome collection of watermelon recipes all in one place. Mireille, still have to try out the watermelon curry ever since I first saw it on your blog and now adding the Watermelon Sangria Popsicles to the list. Like your suggestion to use up the watermelon as soon as possible as you rightly pointed out, it doesn’t stay fresh for too long. Thanks for including my recipes.

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