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What to do with Watermelon?

When we planted our little garden this year, we decided to try our hand at a cantaloupe and a watermelon plant. We’ve had one good cantaloupe, have another growing right now and would have had a third, had the squirrels not knocked it off the vine when we were on vacation.

The watermelon is growing well too, perhaps a little too well as we have three really large, really close to picking time, watermelons. On the upside, my plant grew and we didn’t kill it! On the downside, there are 4 of us and we don’t exactly need 3 watermelons at the same time.

Upon closer inspection, I noticed one watermelon had a small split in the side, so I decided to harvest it before the birds got to it (these same birds keep eating my tomatoes, so I was NOT going to leave them watermelon). I brought it in, cleaned it, sliced up half and put the other half in the fridge. We had just gone grocery shopping and I really didn’t need more fruit, which led to the question …

What else can you do with watermelon?

Watermelon Granita

Homemade watermelon granita, a perfect way to use extra melon.

We’ve already made a variety of popsicles and I just didn’t want another version of fruit salad. We already have plenty of those. Somewhere, in my travels around the web, I saw mention of watermelon granita. That sounded good to us, we all love Italian ice and it seemed like a good way to use up the very large watermelon in my fridge.

I didn’t find one recipe I loved, so we combined a few different ones to make our version of it.

Make Your Own:
1/2 large watermelon, chopped, seeds removed
1/3 cup + 1 Tbsp sugar
1/3 cup water
2 Tbsp Lemon Juice

Puree the watermelon till liquefied, strain to remove any extra seeds.

Bring water to a boil, add sugar & lemon juice, stir over heat until sugar is dissolved.

Pour into watermelon puree & mix well to combine.

Pour watermelon mixture into large glass pan so it is not too thick and freeze.

Remove every 1/2 hour for about 3 hours and scrape with a plastic spatula to give it an icy texture.

Serve immediately or transfer to a covered container for later use.

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