I love when watermelon is in season. Each year, it seems to go by far too quickly. It can be such a refreshing and healthy snack to enjoy. I usually try to buy the seedless varieties as I have younger kids and I don’t want to worry about them eating the seeds. But earlier in the year, I accidentally picked up one with seeds. I spent quite a bit of time trying to cut the watermelon in ways that would limit the seeds. When I was done, I ended up with a bowl of watermelon mush. You know what I’m talking about…the smaller watermelon pieces that are too small to really eat wrapped around a seed. I hated to see it go to waste so I started to think of how I could use it.
At the time, we were making an assortment of smoothies so I thought I’d try to mash up the watermelon into a juice and then freeze it. It turned into a very successful thing that we started to call, “watermelon bites.” I used some round Trudeau ice cube trays that I had found in the clearance area of Target. I just poured the juice in, froze them, popped them out (which was fairly easy in these trays!) and then stored them in the freezer in a Ziploc bag.
I’ve found a few uses for these since. The little watermelon bites are great added to smoothies and to iced tea/lemonade for an added extra bit of sweetness to the drinks. I put a few toothpicks in one batch and the kids ate them like popsicles. They now just pop them in their mouths when they want a quick sweet snack. This is a picture of a kiwi watermelon smoothie I made, with a mint garnish. It was incredibly refreshing and delicious!
Here’s what all the steps look like for making them:
Take all your watermelon pieces with the seeds and toss them into a bowl with a little colander. Use a potato masher, or something similar, to crush the watermelon into juice. Here’s a picture of mine almost when it’s done.
You’ll be surprised at how much juice you’ll end up with! If you don’t have a seeded watermelon, you’ll probably find quite a bit of juice in the bottom of your bowl where you have your cut-up watermelon.
Pour the juice into the ice cube trays. These will make great little circular bite-size pieces. Put them in the freezer until solid. I was able to get 2 1/2 dozen bites out of the little pieces of watermelon I mashed.
The watermelon bites should easily pop-out after frozen. Put them in a Ziploc bag and store them for when you need a little sweet treat or for adding to smoothies/drinks. Here’s a bag we made earlier in the year.
I’m hoping that you’ll try these when you have some spare watermelon juice on hand. Don’t forget not to waste that juice that seems to settle in the bottom of the bowl of the cut-up watermelon, too.
I think you’ll be surprised at what a nice sweet treat they can be. And the best part is that you don’t have to waste any of that delicious watermelon! If you don’t have time to freeze some, hang onto the juice and add it your next batch of smoothies.