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Frozen Watermelon: How to Freeze it and How to Use It

Get the info you need about freezing watermelon and learn how to use it, like in Watermelon Popsicles, the perfect refreshing healthy summer treat.

Did you buy a giant watermelon at the store and realize after a few days there’s no way you and your family can eat it all fresh? Don’t throw out that leftover watermelon! I’ve got everything you need to know to enjoy wonderful watermelon even when the summer is long over.



Yes, you can! Freezing watermelon is a great option so that none of this delicious fruit goes to waste. A large whole watermelon is often a lot to get through, especially if you have a small household. But it’s usually a much better deal than buying already cut melon at the store.

Once cut, you only want to keep fresh watermelon in the refrigerator for 3-5 days. If the flesh starts to get slimy or have an off smell, it’s time to toss it. But go ahead and buy that giant melon, then freeze part of it in the first couple days to enjoy a taste of summer later on in the year. 


First, think ahead to how you’re going to be using it. That will determine how you cut the fresh watermelon. You can freeze the fruit in chunks, use a melon baller to create evenly sized balls, or simply cut them into wedges like I’ll show you for popsicles.

Whatever shape you decide on, you’ll want to remove the rind and any black seeds you find before they go in the freezer.

Start with a flash freeze to make sure your watermelon doesn’t end up a solid frozen chunk. To do this, lay out your watermelon pieces in a single layer on a baking sheet. Lining the tray with parchment paper can be helpful so they don’t stick. Put in the freezer for 2-4 hours till they are partially frozen. 

At this point, remove the melon from the baking sheet and move them into freezer bags or a freezer-safe container for long term storage. The frozen watermelon will last in the freezer for about 8 months.


There are lots of great options! You can partially thaw your melon in the fridge for easy snacking, but it won’t have the same texture as when fresh. You can also partially thaw your watermelon if you are just throwing it in the blender to enjoy as watermelon juice.

Frozen Watermelon Balls

If you cut your melon into balls or small cubes, you can add them still frozen to a drink to act as delicious fruity ice cubes.

One of my favorite options is to blend frozen watermelon chunks into a refreshing watermelon smoothie or frozen cocktail. Try this Watermelon Slushie that has options to add alcohol or maybe watermelon mint margaritas. 

You could also turn the melon into a dessert like a sorbet or watermelon granita.





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