Sunday, June 3, 2012

Watermelon Popsicles

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 Watermelon season is in full swing here in the US. What picnic or barbeque would be complete without watermelon wedges to enjoy?  There is nothing better than biting into a juicy and crisp watermelon slice and having all the juices run down your face and arms.  There is only one problem with watermelons.... there can be mushy ones in the bunch. I try my best to inspect  the watermelon as best as I can.  I tap and look for the yellow patch at the bottom of the melon.  Still, I come home on occasion with a less than stellar melon.   This  actually happened very recently and I was so disappointed.  My husband said it may be a loss, but to throw it out.  I refuse to throw out good food... so I had to come with a plan to use this melon up.  Since the texture was the problem and the taste of the watermelon was very sweet and delicious I decided to blend it until smooth and make popsicles.  It was a fantastic, quick and easy solution to the mushy melon problem.  We were enjoying our watermelon popsicles for days later and keeping cool. Even my husband who wanted to throw it out was glad I vetoed his suggestion and made this sweet treat.  So if you get stuck with a mushy melon, don't fret... just blend, freeze and enjoy.


Ingredients:
6-8 cups of watermelon chunks
1 lime juiced
sugar simple syrup as needed to taste (my watermelon was very sweet so I did not use sugar)

Optional ingredients:
4-5 fresh mint leaves

Directions:
Take watermelon and liquify in a blender until smooth.  Strain though a fine mesh sieve and discard the pulp.  Add lime juice and stir well.  Add sugar simple syrup sugar if needed.  Put into popsicle molds and freeze until set.  Enjoy. 

To make sugar simple syrup just take equal parts sugar and water and bring to a simmer until sugar melts completely.  This prevents sugar granules from making drinks and popsicles grainy.





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22 comments:

  1. my God i cant resist.....so nice.....

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  2. This is refreshing, I have watermelon in my fridge. I like thatyou didn't need to add any sugar. Congrats on the the Top 9 today. Happy Sunday my friend.

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  3. Wow, so refreshing - even look at the photos. The photos are sheer genius. You are very gifted, my friend. (((HUGS)))

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  4. My eyes just got real big when I saw your photo. These look mouthwatering. I had my first watermelon of the year on Friday and I cannot wait to have more.

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  5. Watermelon, watermelon oh watermelon - how I love you so :D
    For winter I survive on rock melon but come summer, I think I should make these!

    Cheers
    CCU

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  6. love watermelon,,,,very refreshing, great color too !!

    Ridwan

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  7. I ordered some popscicle molds and am looking forward to trying some! These look awesome - Just want to let you know that I nominated you for an award for Excellence in storytelling at http://foodstoriesblog.com/food-stories-award/

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  8. My girls love watermelon just as you described it: juices running down the face and hands. :) They will love these popsicles! Less mess to clean for me:) Thank you for sharing, sweet friend!

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  9. My husband and my son love watermellon. I used to get so frustraited if I bought one and it was mushy. What I like about living here is that a lot of the fruit stands will actually cut a slice of the watermellon out for you to see and taste before you buy. My family would love these pops and I would love them because they are healty! (and BTW, we have the same pop maker!)

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  10. What a great idea for a mushy watermelon!

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  11. I'm so crazy about watermelon right now! These look so refreshing and make for a great healthy treat!

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  12. Watermelon is such a beautiful and juicy fruit, it goes perfectly in a refreshing popsicle. Too bad it's winter in Australia at the moment, maybe I'll turn on the heater and have some. :D

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  13. Watermelons haven't started showing up here yet but I can't wait. Good for you for not wasting the watermelon. Your popsicles remind me of Mexican watermelon popsicles. So good and refreshing!

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  14. What a fantastic idea! I love watermelon in the summer..it is SO SO good!

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  15. Okay, I got to try this one soon. I have popsicle maker but haven't been using as much as I should. Love that you didn't need syrup for this. I need to find very sweet watermelon! Looks yummy!

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  16. Great save on the watermelon!! There's not much worse than a mushy watermelon, but nothing better than a good one! Great Popsicles!

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  17. Ooh. Sounds refreshing. You did well with with the mushy melon! :)

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  18. Great save! I'm never sure of how to pick a good melon. I tap on it but don't know what sound I should be hearing. Oh well, know I know what to do with the bad ones.

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  19. What a great idea! Will do for sure!

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  20. Love these popsicles, love that you did not use additional sugar. I am makeing these as soon as I get a sweet melon!

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