Can You Freeze Cantaloupe – How To Freeze Cantaloupe

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can you freeze cantaloupeMelons of all kinds come into my house, are promptly cut into bite-sized pieces and get devoured.  Seriously if a cut-up cantaloupe makes it 24 hours I’m amazed.  So what’s the easiest fix?  Buy 2 or 3 cantaloupes.  Here’s the catch.  The first cantaloupe tastes amazing, the second cantaloupe is kind of redundant and the third cantaloupe never gets cut-up and proceeds to rot and attract fruit flies on my counter.  So because my learning curve is a little long and I still make the “buy one too many mistake” frequently, I came up with a plan to motivate myself to actually address the third melon before it dies a slow, miserable death on my counter.

Can You Freeze Cantaloupe?

I decided to freeze that sad, lonely cantaloupe and achieved remarkable success.

How To Freeze Cantaloupe

I first cut the melon in half, scooped out the seeds and then realized I just wasn’t sure where to go from there.  After a little thinking and research about how I could use the melon, I came up with two different ways to freeze it up.

My first option is to freeze the cantaloupe as a puree.  This method cannot be any easier.  Just peel and roughly cut the melon in pieces and throw it into a blender.   When smooth, pour into ice cube trays, cover tightly with plastic wrap and throw in the freezer.  These little guys are great for smoothies or cocktails if you’re looking for a more adult option.  My favorite recipe for cantaloupe puree cocktails is a cantaloupe-basil vodka cocktail.  The basil, prosciutto, and mozzarella balls give such a delicious fresh, salty bite that really highlights the sweetness of the cantaloupe.

This leads me to my second method of freezing cantaloupe.  I drag my melon baller out of the back of the kitchen drawer and start making those adorable little balls of sweet melon.  Simply lay the balls in a single layer on a cookie tray and slide into the freezer until frozen through.  At this point you can transfer them to a freezer safe bag for more convenient storage.

How To Thaw Cantaloupe

These work great popped right out of the freezer and added to a fresh fruit salad.  They thaw very quickly right in the bowl.

So, that’s it!  A simple answer to that once forgotten melon.


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