This easy step by step guide with pictures shows how to freeze watermelon at home to preserve this sweet melon for the months to come. Frozen watermelon is wonderful in smoothies and sorbet for a healthy treat.
Watermelons are easy to grow in the home garden during the warmer months as long as you have the room. They will need 1 yard x 1 yard (1m x 1 m) of space for the vines to spread out. For more information see this guide to Growing Watermelons from Seed.
You may find several watermelons are ready to be picked at once which makes freezing a great option. Watermelons are ripe when the stem or leaves begin to wither and die off.
If you are not able to grow your own then specials can be found in the middle to late summer. It is usually cheaper to buy whole watermelons than cut. Simply freeze any you can’t eat.
It is best to freeze chunks of watermelon in a single layer on a tray before storing in an airtight container in the freezer. This will prevent the chunks from sticking together.
Tools and Materials Needed
- Large Knife – This top rated 8 inch long ergonomic knife from Utopia Kitchen is the perfect size for cutting up watermelons. (Paid link)
- Baking Tray
- Parchment or Baking Paper
- Airtight Container
- Label – Dissolvable labels are great for using on freezer containers. (Paid link)
Time needed: 3 hours and 20 minutes.
How to freeze watermelons at home.
- Cut the Watermelon
First wash any dirt off the outside of the watermelon then dry. Cut into half then cut the halves into wedges. Cut off the rind then slice the flesh into chunks. Remove any seeds from the watermelon flesh.
Place the watermelon chunks on a baking tray lined with parchment or baking paper. Make sure they are not touching or they will freeze together. Place the tray in the freezer for at least 3 hours.
- Remove the Frozen Watermelon from the Tray
Remove the chunks from the tray. If they stick then wait a few seconds then try again but if you wait too long, they will begin to melt.
- Label and Store
Place the frozen watermelon chunks in an airtight container then label with the contents and the date frozen.
It is best to use frozen watermelon within 6 months from freezing. They may get freezer burn after this time and lose their structure and flavor.
Do you need a large freezer container for storing your watermelon in the freezer? This top rated Rubbermaid Brilliance 9.6 cup freezer container comes with a lifetime warranty and is great value. (Paid link)
Using Frozen Watermelon
Watermelon smoothies are a refreshing drink on a warm afternoon. Simply place two cups of frozen watermelon chunks in a blender then add 1 cup of water and a tablespoon of honey. Blitz until smooth adding more water if necessary. This recipe for a Creamy Watermelon Smoothie uses almond milk and mint.
Watermelon sorbet is a healthy dessert. Place 2 cups of frozen watermelon chunks in a blender with a tablespoon of honey and a few fresh mint leaves from the garden.
Add half a cup of water or almond milk then blitz until you have a smooth thick consistency. You may need to stir the sorbet between blending. Serve immediately. Try this recipe for Watermelon and Maple Sorbet.
Freezing watermelon at home is a great way to preserve this melon and create healthy desserts for your family. Watermelon isn’t the only melon you can freeze. Try this guide to Freezing Rockmelon (Cantaloupe) or for more tips on preserving food at home see this Food Preservation guide.
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