Now what are you going to do?! If you’re in a small household like me, you quickly realize that a whole watermelon gives you A LOT of fruit. How could you resist though? If you love summer and low prices as much as I do, you’re going to say What the hell! and figure it out on the way. 😉
My first step was chopping up as much of it as I could want for future snacking. You could also throw it into a salad! Add some feta and arugula and you’ll have yourself a nice summer meal. Once you’ve gotten through about 1/3 of it, chop up the rest and blend it for juice!
To get that sweet sweet juice, blend watermelon chunks (I used my Nutribullet, you could use a food processor as well), then transfer to a mesh strainer over a bowl. Press the pulp with a spatula to get as much of the juice as you can! With the juice you can make…
Making gummies is simple when you have the right equipment. I will say that these don’t have the chewiness I want in a gummy but they still taste good; they’re more like little jello bites.
Add 1 cup of watermelon juice to a small pot and sprinkle 3 packets (3 T.) of unflavored gelatin over. Allow the juice to solidify for a few minutes until gelatin is no longer visible. Heat pot over low heat to melt the solid juice and take off heat when it is a smooth liquid. Whisk in 2 T. honey. Add a 1/4 c. of lemon juice for sour gummies. Skim off the foam from the top.
Now this is the trickiest part. You will need a silicone mold (I used this one), a trustworthy baster/pipette (depending on the size of your mold) and a cutting board. Place the silicone mold on the cutting board for easy transport. Fill your baster/pipette with liquid and drop into silicone mold until it’s slightly overflowed but holds together because of surface tension.
Try to avoid air bubbles if possible, they add a weird mouth feel to the gummy. When your mold is filled up, put it in the fridge to cool and solidify for 30 minutes. If you have leftover mixture, simply pop out your molds when they are done and reheat the mixture until it is smooth again. I found whisking softly really helped to smooth it out. I did this 4 times to get as many gummies as I did!
This alchie knows that fruit juice + mixer + liquor is an easy way of making a delicious drink! I added vodka and ginger ale, but tonic water could also work. Or take out the alcohol and make watermelon lemonade!
Please forgive my phallic shaped popsicles, they are actually crayon shaped but when it’s pink and shaped like that…I’ll just have to keep it in mind if I’m licking it at my family’s next get together. Still, it’s watermelon juice! And it’s frozen! Maybe use it as a stirrer for your watermelon lemonade. Keep it cold and watermelonlicious.
As you can probably guess I am now sick of watermelon but my taste for it will return! I would suggest not eating and drinking all these things in one day…like I did.