Thursday, June 26, 2014

Choosing a Watermelon

Watermelon is as much as part of summer as are trips to the beach, sunshine and warm weather. How do you know how to choose one at the supermarket?

-It's easy to find seedless watermelons now. In fact, I'd bet it's hard to find the "old fashioned" seeded variety, unless you buy them directly from a farm stand.
-Seedless watermelons actually have seeds, but they are tender and edible.
-Don't look for the perfectly green watermelon. A light spot (usually yellow or beige) on the bottom indicates it was ripened on the ground.
-Gently knock on the watermelon with your fist. It should sound hollow, not dense.
-Find a watermelon free of bruises, cuts or gouges. It should look healthy.
-Watermelons are over 90% water and should be heavy!
-Find a dull or matte watermelon, not a shiny one.

Now that you have a giant watermelon, what do you do to store it?
-Wash it when you get home in water to remove dirt and debris. Dry thoroughly.
-If the watermelon is too large to get under a faucet, use towels to wash it.
-Store uncut watermelon in a cool, dry place out of direct sunlight.
-Once you cut it, it must be refrigerated or consumed immediately.
-Cover cut pieces with plastic wrap or in covered plastic containers.
-Cut watermelon will last up to 4 days in the refrigerator.

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