Watermelon, Watermelon Everywhere

watermelonI’ve never been watermelon’s biggest fan.  In fact, I might have gone a few summers without ever having it in my house–until babies and toddlers entered my life.  They love this stuff.  I mean, can’t get enough.  To the point that, not only do I buy it every week, but we sometimes run out before the next grocery run.  And it isn’t pretty when that happens.  So, I’ve taken to buying a whole one each week.  The kind you need a big scary knife to cut into.  The first week it came in with the groceries, the engineer was appalled at how much watermelon there was.  He didn’t think we could possibly eat it all in one week (we could).  It did seem like an overwhelming amount though, so we sliced one half for the fridge, and made the other half into watermelon popsicles.  I can’t figure out why I didn’t think of this sooner.  If you don’t have popsicle sticks, just cut them into big triangles and freeze them that way instead.  When I have popsicle sticks handy now, I cut the watermelon into roughly 2 in x 5 in pieces, insert the stick, and stick them in the freezer on a wax paper lined sheet pan until they harden (about 30 minutes).  Then I transfer them to quart size ziploc bags until we’re ready to eat them.  Easy to do and makes you look super cool at your next barbecue!

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