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cinnamon teal
« on: July 31, 2010 02:48:34 PM »

I have three watermelons right now on my kitchen table and every week I get another in my CSA box. They're starting to take over! But the thing is, I don't really like watermelon. Yes, I know I'm weird. But I just can't stand the texture and the favor is only just okay. Other than bringing them to every party and giving the stuff away (which I have been), how can I use it up?
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JulieOZ
« Reply #1 on: July 31, 2010 03:31:24 PM »

~put in blender or juicer. Freeze juice in ziploc freezer bags. Use as a base for smoothies. Add other fruit that you like to make it tasty for you.
~Put them on a table for sale on your sidewalk, driveway etc.
~Trade them with a neighob that has a garden for produce that you do want.
~ take to work as a treat for coworkers
~ bribe neighboorhood kids to do your weeding in payment for watermellon
~ see how far they bounce when tossed off your roof. Shocked Did I say that out loud??
~ have freinds over for a watermellon seed spitting contest

P.S. .... what is a CSA box?
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cinnamon teal
« Reply #2 on: July 31, 2010 06:11:26 PM »

Thanks JulieOZ. I really like the smoothie idea.

CSA stands for community supported agriculture. I pay a fixed price up front and receive a box of produce from a local farm once a week. I love it because it's organic, cheaper than the grocery store and it tastes amazing. You also get to try things that you wouldn't normally find at the store. If you're in the US, you can find CSAs in your area at localharvest.org
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« Reply #3 on: July 31, 2010 07:26:19 PM »

I did this one thing once... after having eaten all the watermellon that you really don't like use the rind to make pickles! It sounds crazy, but they're really good. It's a southern thing, really. There's a ton of different recipes to make watermellon rind pickles (they're almost always sweet, but with some spice to them). They take a bit of work, though... cutting, peeling, soaking, rinsing, cooking.... and then you can them. That's all I have other than what the post above said.

Paula Deen made an interesting watermellon, onion, and feta salad once. Never tried it, but it looks good. Sweet and salty.
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JulieOZ
« Reply #4 on: August 01, 2010 08:47:02 AM »

Paula Deen made an interesting watermellon, onion, and feta salad once. Never tried it, but it looks good. Sweet and salty.

I forgot about that salad. I like a version of a bed of mixed greens, small cubes of very cold watermellon, fetta & walnuts or smoked almonds. So tasty. I dress it with greek dressing & lime juice. Also very good with diced procuttio.
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landofoz
« Reply #5 on: August 01, 2010 11:39:42 AM »

FINALLY!!!  I can't stand the texture and I'm not crazy about the flavor either!!  It's about time I met you!! 
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knk4ever
« Reply #6 on: August 01, 2010 02:18:11 PM »

Have you tried cubing/balling the watermelon and then freezing it? It changes the texture a bit and watermelon is best when it's really really cold. You can also make watermelon lemonade. Watermelon and lemon or lime granita is yummy too.
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« Reply #7 on: August 02, 2010 10:10:50 AM »

CSA stands for community supported agriculture. I pay a fixed price up front and receive a box of produce from a local farm once a week. I love it because it's organic, cheaper than the grocery store and it tastes amazing. You also get to try things that you wouldn't normally find at the store. If you're in the US, you can find CSAs in your area at localharvest.org
Thank you for the info!! I found 2 in my area, not sure if I can join mid season, but I have left messages with both farms. It's a great idea! I was able to find a couple other farm markets I didn't know about too.
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« Reply #8 on: August 12, 2010 09:42:25 AM »

Watermelon Gazpacho!

I made the recipe here: http://blog.healthy-green-lifestyle.com/watermelon-gazpacho.html for my boyfriend and myself - he's also not a huge watermelon fan.

I made a few substitutions to the recipe as listed: 1) I used only 3 tomatoes and added 1 big peeled cucumber (blended with the melon and tomatoes), 2) left out the almonds and 3) crushed a chipotle pepper instead of using a sauce.

It really cuts the watermelon taste and texture - especially if you blend it well, but still tastes like summer!
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« Reply #9 on: August 12, 2010 03:29:32 PM »

Vodka watermelon!

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