Food Shopping and Storing Food Shopping & Storing How to Store Watermelon So It Stays Juicy and Fresh Plus, uses for delicious frozen watermelon! By Melissa Kravitz Hoeffner Melissa Kravitz Hoeffner Instagram Twitter Website Melissa Kravitz Hoeffner is a writer and recipe developer. She's a regular contributor to The New York Times, Time Out New York, Forbes, and many more publications. She also writes the food newsletter, Specialty. Real Simple's Editorial Guidelines Updated on March 1, 2023 Medically reviewed by Kristy Del Coro, MS, RDN, LDN Medically reviewed by Kristy Del Coro, MS, RDN, LDN Instagram Website Kristy Del Coro is a registered dietitian nutritionist, RDN, and professionally trained chef with more than 10 years of experience in the field of culinary nutrition. Her strong background in nutrition science, sustainable food systems, and culinary education makes her exceptionally qualified to write about food that is good for us and the planet—while not sacrificing flavor. Learn More Fact checked by Emily Peterson Fact checked by Emily Peterson Emily Peterson is an experienced fact-checker and editor with Bachelor's degrees in English Literature and French. Our Fact-Checking Process Share Tweet Pin Email In This Article View All In This Article How to Buy Watermelon How to Store Watermelon How to Store Cut Watermelon How to Store Watermelon Juice How to Store Watermelon Rind Can You Freeze Watermelon? There's no pleasure like biting into a sweet, juicy summer watermelon. The fresh flavor, the texture, the beautiful color. It's perfection! But many of us watermelon lovers have sadly encountered the sad, starchy, less-than-flavorful slice—a major disappointment. This season, keep your watermelon fresh and delicious with our storage tips. nerudol/Getty Images How to Buy Watermelon The first step to preserving your watermelon's freshness: buying a nice watermelon. No matter what size or seed quantity you're going for, you want a watermelon with a firm exterior. If you can press your finger into it, it's no good. Try finding a watermelon free of dents and cuts, which can also lead to overrippening. When you tap your watermelon, it should sound hollow, like a drum. That means there's delicious fruit and juice inside waiting to escape. 17 Refreshing Watermelon Recipes to Serve All Summer Long How to Store Watermelon If you're not eating your watermelon right away, store it on the countertop, but out of direct sunlight. And the Produce for Better Health Foundation suggests leaving melons out at room temperature to maintain nutrients and flavor. In air conditioning or temperate weather, a fresh watermelon will be fine sitting on the counter for one to two weeks. According to the National Watermelon Promotion Board, 55°F is the ideal temperature for a whole watermelon to be stored at. If your watermelon is ripe and you don't have time to eat it, don't panic. But don't slice either. Slide that whole watermelon into the fridge, where it will stay fresh for two to three more weeks. The cool temperature of the refrigerator will slow the ripening process. How to Store Cut Watermelon Time to slice? Wash the outside of your watermelon thoroughly and use a sharp chef's knife or cleaver to slice off the bottom of the rind, leaving a flat surface for the rest of the carving. From here, you can make pie-shaped watermelon slices, cubes, or use a melon baller. If you prefer eating your melon cold, throw the fresh pieces into the fridge for an hour to chill. Make sure all the cut watermelon is tightly wrapped, in an air-tight food storage container or with plastic wrap (or an eco-friendly alternative) to preserve the texture and the juiciness. This Is the Secret to Storing Every Type of Fruit and Vegetable So They Last Longer How to Store Watermelon Juice Watermelon juice is at its best when it's cold, so keep it in the fridge in a sealed container for up to four days. The liquid may separate a bit, so just shake it up before you drink it. How to Store Watermelon Rind Before you throw out the rind you separated from your watermelon flesh, consider pickling it! Pickled watermelon rind is a popular Southern condiment, and can be used in a variety of dishes or just eaten as a snack. The National Watermelon Promotion Board's Rind Headquarters is also full of fun ideas for consumers who want to experiment with their rinds. For example, you can roast it, braise it, grind it into a gazpacho, shred it into a quiche, use it as a charcuterie accoutrement, and more. Meet your new favorite ingredient: Watermelon rind, because its applications are (almost) endless for sweet and savory dishes, plus, you already paid for it, so it's kind of a free bonus. 16 Totally Genius Ways to Use Up an Entire Watermelon Can You Freeze Watermelon? Yes, you can freeze watermelon, but definitely don't freeze the fruit whole. A whole watermelon in the freezer will get grimy, be impossible to slice into unless defrosted (and super-mushy at that point), and, depending on the actual juice content, may actually burst in your freezer! That said, freezing watermelon can yield quite delicious results, and is a great way to prevent food waste. Frozen watermelon will stay fresh in the freezer for about a year. To freeze watermelon properly, follow the steps below: Cut the melon into small pieces. Balls or cubes work best, as they are easy to use in a variety of dishes.Remove the seeds.Spread the watermelon pieces on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper, making sure that they don't touch each other.Place the tray in the freezer for a few hours to flash-freeze the pieces. You will know they're frozen once they are firm.Move the watermelon chunks to a freezer-safe container or storage bag, label it with the date, and place it in the freezer. You can use these still tasty watermelon pieces in cold summer drinks, like sparkling water, lemonade, or seasonal cocktails. If you are up for juicing your watermelon, freeze it in popsicle molds for a refreshing treat. Frozen watermelon can also be delicious in smoothies or tossed into blended cocktails. Was this page helpful? Thanks for your feedback! Tell us why! Other Submit Sources Real Simple is committed to using high-quality, reputable sources, including peer-reviewed studies, to support the facts in our articles. Read our editorial guidelines to learn more about how we fact check our content for accuracy. National Watermelon Promotion Board, Selection & Storage. Accessed February 5, 2023.