watermelon jerky and pickles

The seasons may be changing, but that doesn’t mean we need to say goodbye to our favorite summertime fruit. It’s a myth that you can’t find watermelon in the grocery store all year long – you just have to know where to look, or better yet, preserve the season right in your own kitchen. 

Check out these three ways to keep mouthwatering watermelon in your diet no matter the season:

  • The big cardboard bins may have disappeared from the center of the produce section, but the watermelon isn’t gone! Keep your eyes peeled for mini or personal-sized watermelons. They may be smaller in size, but they have the same great taste as the larger watermelons you’re used to buying.
  • Head over to the packaged fruits section to find watermelon cut into quarters, halves or cubes. The larger portions are ideal for slicing, dicing or blending any way you like; and the pre-cut cubes make topping your favorite salads with watermelon even easier.
  • Extend the life of your watermelon with snacks that have a longer shelf-life. Break out the dehydrator to turn juicy strips into watermelon jerky. No dehydrator? You can use your oven to dehydrate, too (check online for optimal temperature and timing for your oven model).  You can also transform leftover watermelon rinds into tasty pickles to shake up your charcuterie platter.

With so many tasty watermelon options, there’s no reason you can’t enjoy the simple pleasures of summer year-round. How do you enjoy watermelon in fall?

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