Watermelon Juice

by Erin, The $5 Dinner Mom on June 15, 2009

I found a watermelon on sale for $2.50.  I thought about juicing the watermelon, as I knew the Hubs and I would enjoy it, but I wasn’t sure about the kids.

I knew they LOVED watermelon…

Exhibit A

I wasn’t sure they would like the juice. But I made some anyways.

Here is the scene on the kitchen counter. I love making fresh fruit juice, but it sure is messy and sticky!

I threw in some mint because the mint is taking over and I can’t use it fast enough!  (If you have any ideas, do share!)

I’m not exactly sure how many ounces of juice I got from the watermelon.  You see, I gave the boys a taste of the “questionable” watermelon juice, and they couldn’t get enough!!! 

The Hubs and I enjoyed a glass on a warm and muggy afternoon.  Quite refreshing!

All in all, I was able to get 32 oz. in the bottle, plus several glasses and a few popsicles.  I also plan to put some of the juice into ice cube trays for smoothies.

I {heart} summer and all the great prices on fresh fruit!

{ 19 comments… read them below or add one }

jkru June 15, 2009 at 9:49 am

You could make mint extract by placing some in vodka and letting it steep!

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Deeanna June 15, 2009 at 10:27 am

This is a great Watermelon Lemonde recipe I use with extra watermelon. It is SO good.
http://coffeetea.about.com/od/lemonade/r/waterlem.htm

Here is another.
http://www.marthastewart.com/recipe/watermelon-lemonade

And another.
http://www.wikihow.com/Make-Watermelon-Lemonade

Enjoy!!!

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amy June 15, 2009 at 10:33 am

Erin…
I put “the mint” in with some new potatoes and in with some spaghetti sauce.
Both turned out good. =)

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Blakely June 15, 2009 at 11:00 am

I wish I could find watermelon that cheap. I paid $8.00 for one last week. I know it was a lot but I just had to have it. I’m glad it was good and sweet.

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Amphritrite June 15, 2009 at 12:13 pm

I concur regarding the Vodka – great for mojitos!

Also, regarding your juice, if you add a can of lemonade concentrate (or a lot of lemons), you can make a fantastic watermelon lemonade. Temper with a bit of sparkling water and a splash of alcohol, and you have a lemon-watermelon spritzer for hot evenings.

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Thaydra June 15, 2009 at 12:24 pm

I find mint quite refreshing in spaghetti and marinara sauces. Add to a lemon sauce for a treat on pasta and chicken. Of course, throw it in pitchers of cool water, ice tea, lemonade, etc. Throw it in with your rosemary on pork or lamb. Make some chocolate mint brownies! The possibilites are endless!

And that watermelon juice sounds fantastic! I never would have imagined getting so much from one watermelon! How do you do it? (I’ve never juiced any fruit, much less a watermelon!)

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jenna June 15, 2009 at 1:01 pm

i love mint in water, so fresh. you could add some mint to pesto if you have basil too. if you are making smoothies, add some to the blender with fruit, mint is on dave grotto’s 101 foods that could save your life. add any garden herbs to a green salad. hubby loves mint leaves and mango chunks. you can also serve mint leaves on an herb plate persian style with lemon chicken/rice. you can add it chopped to cold pasta and rice salad. Just use it anything you’d use other fresh herbs for! Enjoy, i wish I had too much mint :)

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Kristal June 15, 2009 at 2:25 pm

Looks yummy! I have a recipe you can try with your mint. We had it last night for dinner and it was yummy! It has a fruit salsa…. from betty crocker’s website…

http://www.bettycrocker.com/Recipes/PrintRecipe.aspx?recipeid=32645

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han June 15, 2009 at 3:34 pm

use for the mint- perhaps a mint pesto

mint + pine nuts + evoo + salt + maybe… roasted tomatoes?

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paula June 15, 2009 at 7:13 pm

I never thought about freezing the juice for smoothies. Great idea.

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Frances Frugal Fairhope June 15, 2009 at 7:58 pm

Mint Ice Cream or Sorbet goes over great on a hot summer day. Just Google for any recipe, put in in the ice maker and serve. It takes a lot of mint so it should use up your supply.

Always plant mint in a container or it will take over your garden and you will find it spreading through out your garden, even after you have removed the plant.

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Erin from Long Island June 15, 2009 at 11:00 pm

OMGOMGOMGOMG!

I have just reently discovered I LOVE watermelon juice! Stuck with a lot and no room in the fridge I tossed it in the blender with a bunch of ice, a touch of water and splenda, a whole lot of mint, and a touch of scotch (more for the flavor then the alcohol). It was fantastic! I plan to try other spirits to find a perfect summer cocktail.

As for the mint…..I use it sooo much I have tons of ideas! How about in taboule, cous-cous, or a pasta salad? My fav is in meat balls with an Indian or Persian inspired sauce and with basil and garlic as a marinade or sauce for grilled shrimp or a white fish like cod or flounder or even trout. I think I may have even tried it in tuna or chicken salad before…I forget though…

Mint is a great thing to mix into yogurt, pancake batter, any sweet breads or baked goods, or to jazz up a fruit salad.

Hope I helped!!!

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Crista June 15, 2009 at 11:20 pm

I dry my excess herbs for later in the year when my fresh is gone (read: dead of winter). My mom freezes hers.

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Erin from Long Island June 16, 2009 at 5:34 pm

OOOOH…in my excitement, I forgot…

Dip the leaves in melted dark chocolate and dry on wax paper….they make a fabulous garnish!

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Patti June 16, 2009 at 5:39 pm

I just got threw watching Paula Dean and she took the mint and dipped it in chocolate and layed it on parchment paper. Then she put it in the fridge till it hardend. Enjoy!

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Damien @ freestuff4free.com June 16, 2009 at 6:00 pm

Looks completely healthy and tastes fantastic. Nothing like a glass of watermelon juice. Has anyone tried freezing it and then using a processor to make it a frosty? Now that’s great! Especially once you add that tinge of vodka. A nice summer’s day with in the backyard with a glass of this and everything will feel great.

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Kaleena Pardee June 17, 2009 at 2:11 pm

I saw a recipe for “Mojito Chicken”. You marinate bonless and skinless chicken in a mixture of mint, olive oil, lime juice, salt and pepper. I even added a pinch of red pepper flakes for a little heat!! Let it sit for about 30 minutes and grill. MAJOR YUMMY!!!!!!!!

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Amy June 17, 2009 at 7:22 pm

I made watermelon juice today for the first time. YU_UM! My son loved it too! I just did a bit in my new VitaMix and it was soooo good. I’m going to freeze some chunks and try that too to make it a little icy-er. I was thinking mint would be good in there but didn’t have any.

Maybe you could make a simple syrup and infuse it with mint leaves – then keep that in the frig to add to water, juice, tea, etc.???

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chris August 13, 2009 at 1:38 am

I tried making this today and here was my mistake: blended the watermelon juicy and sweet and it tasted great BUT then I though I’d add the last maybe 1/2 cup of lemon juice from a bottle I had (leftover from a party) — It made it so bitter and I tried fixing it with sugar and more watermelon but the lemon juice still came through more than anything -way to strong- plus now the juice seperates into a watermelon layer and a lemon juice and water layer of course which a little mixing each time is not so bad but the taste is not very good
So, I’ll make sure i use fresh lemon juice or lime juice and make sure to take it easy….

Thank you for your suggestions

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