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How To Pick The Sweetest Watermelon

How To Pick The Sweetest Watermelon

watermelon sweet fruit nature ripe vegan vegetarian This might  be common knowledge to most people but I did not know this about picking the sweetest watermelon. I figured that since I didn’t know, maybe there someone else that needed this colossally delicious information.

Picture this: it’s a hot summer day, sweat dripping down your face and all you can think about is a nice big juicy sweet piece of watermelon. Natures ultimate candy. You get your big ole piece, bite into it and IT TASTES LIKE CRAP! Your whole summer-vibe bubble is burst.

I vowed, NEVER AGAIN!! I did a little research and a few experiments and the results were insanely successful. Every single time we have used this criteria in picking a watermelon, it’s been spot on. No more skunky watermelon!

It’s really very simple once you know. Almost too simple actually. But it makes perfect sense.

  1. You want a watermelon that has a big yellow creamy spot on it. If the spot is white or non-existent, it’s under ripe. The dark yellow creamy spot is called the ‘field spot’ because that’s where the watermelon was resting in the field ripening on the vine. The yellow spot indicates that it was ripening on the vine a good long time.
  2. Pick up the watermelon. Is it heavier than you think it should be for its size? That’s what you want. If you have 2 of the same size watermelons, you want the heaviest of them.
  3. The best ones are also uniformly shaped. Weird lumps and bumps may be a sign that it didn’t get consistent sun and/or water.

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There you have it. We usually go with the “yellow spot rule” first and foremost and have not been steered wrong once. We get amazingly sweet ripe watermelons every single time.

Watermelon Coconut Water Refresher – Super Hydration and Detox

Watermelon Coconut Water Refresher

watermelon coconut water lime detox refreshing hydrate electrolytes vegan paleoI take A LOT of hot yoga classes. If you don’t what that is, it’s a yoga class set in a room that is approximately 102 degrees with 50% humidity. I sweat buckets! As much as I try, I struggle with dehydration.

I find that plain water doesn’t go down fast for me, I don’t find it enjoyable. I drink a lot of green tea or chamomile tea, hot or cold and that seems to help me get my daily requirement of water but I just hit PAY DIRT with this Watermelon Coconut Water Refresher.

watermelon coconut water lime detox refreshing hydrate electrolytes vegan paleoI love coconut water to begin with because it is so hydrating but pair it with watermelon and a little lime juice and I turn into a drinking machine! Watermelon on it’s own is super hydrating too. Not only does this hydrate you like nothing else but it is delicious.

I sucked down a huge glass in a matter of minutes and I was still wanting more. The combination of the two has the electrolytes I need and the super hydration I require. Not only did I detoxify from all the sweating but now I’m re-hydrating AND detoxifying from this drink. It is the most refreshing drink I’ve ever had, no lie.

Best drink EVER! If you are so inclined you could add some vodka and or even make them into popsicles.

Watermelon Coconut Water Refresher - Super Hydration and Detox
 
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Recipe type: Paleo, Gluten Free, Vegan, Vegetarian
Serves: 1
Ingredients
  • 3 cups cubed seedless watermelon
  • 1 cup coconut water
  • 4 - 5 ice cubes
  • 1 - 2 teaspoon lime juice
  • Optional: 1 small sprig of mint
Instructions
  1. Combine everything in a blender until all is liquid and combined.
  2. Put a straw in that bad boy and drink up!!!
  3. *I've made this without the lime and mint and it's just as refreshing.

 

Easy Delicious Dehydrated Fruit Snacks – Natures Candy

Dehydrated Fruit – Natures Candy

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We are heading home from our awesome South Dakota vacation today. I’m so glad that I had made a bunch of dried fruits for the road trip because it was so convenient to have on hand, they didn’t need any refrigeration and it totally satisfied our snacking needs whether we were driving or hiking. At home I chop the dried fruit up into tiny bits to put in my homemade granola. We always keep dried fruit on hand in our house. My hubby takes a baggie to work too so he has snacks.

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Have a sweet tooth? Have kids? Love to snack? Try drying some fruit. It’s candy, but candy that hasn’t  been chemically processed or contains ingredients created in a laboratory. No preservatives and lots of nutritional goodness like vitamins and fiber. Healthy snacking – can it be?

Citrus and apples are the two things that I add anything too. I use coconut palm sugar. The taste resembles a brown sugar/molasses flavor and will brown and sweeten the citrus and apples a bit.

I use dried lemons slices, oranges slices and pink grapefruit slices to flavor my water and tea naturally. One slice will flavor at least 2 glasses of water too. I also eat them as snacks. It’s like a thin taffy. So good.

I only use organic fruits and veggies because I have no interest in drying pesticides and chemicals. Hit up your farmers market for some local organic fruits and veggies and help support local growers in your area at the same time.

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Most people have probably tried dried banana chips or apple chips but have you ever tried dehydrated melon? Holy sweet treat. Dried watermelon is just about the yummiest thing in the world. Watermelon is the sweetest of all the melons when dried with honeydew pulling up a close second. Don’t knock it til you try it, it’s amazing.

DEHYDRATED WATERMELON TASTES LIKE A JOLLY RANCHER

Dehydrating fruits and veggies is pretty much the easier thing you can do. Just cut and dry. My slices are usually around a 1/4 inch thick. For citrus, I dry the rind as well as the flesh. I don’t peel any fruits or vegetables with the exception of bananas and melons. My fruits tend to be crispier at a 1/4 inch thickness and chewier at a 1/2 inch thickness for all other fruits besides watermelon.

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I wrote about dehydrated citrus slices for use in water and bell pepper candy a while ago and talked about my inexpensive dehydrator. This was the best 50 something bucks I ever spent on a kitchen appliance. I can run it constantly for days switching out different fruits and what I’m left with is a huge stash of all natural, sweet and healthy snacks.

The hubby has a wicked sweet tooth and as long as we have a stash of dried fruits on hand, he is a happy camper. Kids will love them and you will love that there aren’t any preservatives or added sugars.

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You don’t have to own a dehydrator to dry fruit though. You can easily dry them in your oven. Just set the temperature to 200 degrees and make no plans to use your oven for a while. I usually leave my dehydrator running overnight but I don’t think I would leave my oven on all night. That’s just me, I can be a worrier.

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The thinner you slice your fruits or vegetables, the crispier they will be and faster they will dry. The thicker they are, the chewier they will be and take a little longer to dry. It’s two totally different snacks. One is almost “chippy” and one is like “taffy” so I usually switch up my slicing sizes.

It doesn’t hurt to have a little extra cutting assistance. I usually pull out the biggest knife, ask the hubby if this one will work and he will most times take the big scary knife out of my hand and show me the correct way to cut the fruit. By the time I’ve “learned” what he taught me, everything is cut. I’m a sneaky Bunny 🙂

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DRYING TIMES FOR CONVENTIONAL OVENS:

Preheat oven to 200 degrees. Place sliced fruit/veggies on parchment paper. You can use multiple parchment paper lined cookie sheets and use both racks. Just remember, the thicker the slices are, the longer they will take to dry.

Most of the time you will be drying for a minimum of 6 hours if using the oven. At 6 hours, flip the fruit/veggies and continue drying if not already dry. If more time is needed, check every couple of hours. You only need to flip them once though.

To test, take a piece of each variety out of the oven and let cool on the counter. If after it’s cooled, squeeze the fruit/veggies and see if there is any moisture left. If so, continue drying for a few more hours and test again. You don’t want there to be any moisture because your treats can go rancid if left out too long. But if they are thoroughly dried, they can sit out for a very very long time but they won’t last that long anyway because they are so yummy.

DRYING TIMES FOR DEHYDRATOR:

Place sliced fruit/veggies on trays. Set temperature to 135 degrees and turn dehydrator on.

I check my fruit/veggies starting at the 8 hour mark. At 8 hours, flip the fruit/veggies and continue drying if not already dry. If more time is needed, check every couple of hours. You only need to flip them once though.

To test, take a piece of each variety out of the dehydrator and let cool on the counter. If after it’s cooled, squeeze the fruit/veggies and see if there is any moisture left. If so, continue drying for a few more hours and test again. You don’t want there to be any moisture because your treats can go rancid if left out too long. But if they are thoroughly dried, they can sit out for a very very long time but they won’t last that long anyway because they are so yummy.

 

 

Summer Salad – Watermelon, Edamame and Feta

Summer Salad  – Watermelon, Edamame and Feta

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This is the prettiest salad I’ve ever laid eyes on. I think I have crush on it. I found this beautiful salad recipe in one of my mom’s magazines and it was love at first site. While it’s the purdiest thing ever, I never would have thought to combine these flavors but hot damn, they really go great together. 

 watermelon feta edamame wheat berry berries balsamic vinegar fiber protein salad

The addition of the wheat berries and edamame makes this salad a filling meal. I’m a big fan of wheat berries and edamame. They are both packed with protein, fiber and lots of vital nutrients and minerals. Check out my wheat berry waldorf salad for another variation on this awesome true whole grain. 

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 { I always use organics whenever available }

Summer Salad - Watermelon, Edamame and Feta
 
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Recipe type: Salad
Serves: 4
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  • SALAD:
  • 3 cups watermelon, diced into small cubes
  • ½ cup cooked soft white wheat berries
  • 1 cup cooked shelled edamame (I used frozen steamfresh shelled edamame)
  • 4 tablespoons crumbled feta cheese
  • 1 teaspoons fresh chopped mint leaves
  • 1 package of spring mix lettuce
  • DRESSING:
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 teaspoons balsamic vinegar
Instructions
  1. Prepare wheat berries either by soaking overnight or cooking on stove for 40 minutes.
  2. In a large bowl combine all salad ingredients.
  3. In a small bowl combine olive oil and balsamic vinegar, toss with salad.

 

 

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