Any ideas for a sub-par watermelon?

I feel like this has happened to all of us: we picked a bad watermelon. Any ideas for it other than the composter?

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PieceOfLayerCake
PieceOfLayerCake August 19, 2017

Granita? Sorbet? Cocktail?

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Niknud
Niknud August 19, 2017

Cube it, freeze it and put it in your blender with vodka, fresh mint and Fresca. I know Fresca sounds a little weird, but it is really delicious in my opinion. You could always go with loads of lime juice and some simple syrup if Fresca isn't your thing.

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sexyLAMBCHOPx
sexyLAMBCHOPx August 19, 2017

Watermelon Margaritas!

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Jr0717
Jr0717 August 19, 2017

Watermelon lemonade, infused water, ice cubes, any of the ideas above are great, too! If you are not of the mind to soak it in vodka, you could soak it in peppermint tea for a refreshing twist as well.

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MMH
MMH August 19, 2017

We just got back from Costa Rica. Every day we were served a watermelon blended with ice - so refreshing. If you asked they would throw in any other compatible fruits. All of these other ideas would be great also.

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Nancy
Nancy August 20, 2017

Partly depends on how "sub par" it is.
If just bland, the ideas here will help use it up in a tasty way.
If bitter, as sometimes is the case, not much will help and it would be throwing good ingredients away to add them to the bitter melon.

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HalfPint
HalfPint August 21, 2017

Agua fresca?

Or pickle it.

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caninechef
caninechef August 21, 2017

I don't suppose you have any live chickens handy? They love melon. Also if you happen to have a dog that does not like to drink if he is away from home you can offer them chilled or even frozen watermelon which they will often consume. Helps to keep a dog hydrated if it is out all day at a canine sporting event for instance.

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Angela
Angela August 21, 2017

There was a recipe in Vivian Howard's book 'Deep Run Roots' (we tried it as part of the cookbook club earlier this year) for a curried watermelon pork chop that was really interesting. It gets braised and comes out remarkably substantial for something I consider as mostly water.

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nance
nance August 22, 2017

The problem is that some recipes suggested that feature watermelon will be just as bland and disappointing as its star ingredient. Then you've wasted even more food (or booze!), and TIME, and for what? It's like Jerry Seinfeld said in one episode--"Fruit is a gamble. I know that going in." Either chuck it with a sigh or compost it. Why incur more waste?

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HalfPint
HalfPint August 22, 2017

Make spa water. Cut/slice the watermelon, add to a large pitcher of water and ice or just water and put into fridge. You would be making Hint water at a fraction of the price. If you're feeling wild, a some fresh mint or sweet basil. You would be surprised at how quickly you'll go through this spa water.

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easyaspaella
easyaspaella August 23, 2017

Grill it!

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