Melons 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.