Watermelon Refresher + How to Use Watermelon Rinds

Post by Contributing Writer, Katie

Watermelon is coming into season! Do you have any growing in your garden?

I got a late start on planting my seeds this year so I’m not anywhere close to having melons yet. Instead I bought one at a roadside stand. Not the best option but how do you say no to a fresh juicy watermelon? Sometimes I make an exception, it’s the 80/20 rule right?

My all time favorite children’s series is the “Little House” books by Laura Ingalls Wilder. Every time I read them I am blown away by the things the Ingalls and Wilder families made, many of them things that we would consider garbage like watermelon rinds. In Farmer Boy, the Wilder family always made use of the entire watermelon. Alamazo and his sister Eliza Jane even got into an argument on what to do with them!

Then he (Almanzo) slowly ate the last slice of melon, and he said. “I’m going to fetch Lucy to eat up the rinds.”

“Well, Mother told you to obey me,” Eliza Jane, answered. “And I’m not going to waste melon rinds on any pig! I’m going to make watermelon rind preserves.”

Practical Uses for Water Melon Rinds and Saving Seeds

Try out these recipes and you may feel like the Wilder family!

Lacto-fermented Pickled Watermelon Rinds
Jalapeno-Pickled Watermelon Rinds

Watermelon Rind Jam
How to Save Watermelon Seeds

For those of you that are less adventurous, here is a simple and refreshing way to enjoy your watermelon. Fresh fruit drinks are very common in Mexico, I’ve had cantaloupe, lemon, cucumber and watermelon. My favorite is watermelon or Agua de Sandia. It is so delicious and easy to make! It’s the perfect way to cool off on a hot summer day.

Watermelon Refresher

6 cups chopped watermelon
2 cups water

1. Cut open the watermelon. Remove the flesh, saving the seeds and rinds for later.

2. Chop the water melon and put in a blender.

3. Add water to the blender and blend on high until smooth.

For some different flavor mixtures with your watermelon, try Michele’s Watermelon Cooler!

What is your favorite way to enjoy watermelon?

Katie is a dorm “mama” to 12 amazing girls ages 8 to 18 at a home and school for the Deaf in Baja California, Mexico. She and her “hijas” can be frequently found in the kitchen, the garden or making friends with their new chickens. She loves to read, hike the hills near her home and spend time with her girls. In her spare time Katie blogs at Nourishing Simplicity about nourishing foods, herbal remedies, simple living, raising her girls and encouraging other women in their walk with Christ.

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