watermelon jerky

Watermelon Jerky. It’s not just for meat.

watermelon jerky Watermelon can be evil.

I have a spare fridge in my garage. It holds any excess of food that won’t fit in my house fridge when I’ve made a big trip to Costco, and is especially handy at birthday party time. Do I sometimes forget about perishables in there? Yup.

Last summer, I had sliced up a bunch of watermelon to take back to the lake with me (I had to come home during my annual vacation to Slave Lake to shoot a wedding), and then didn’t end up taking it. It sat in the fridge for a while, and I knew it had gone bad, but ignorance is bliss. I didn’t want to deal with it. Winter came, and everything in the fridge froze (including some other stuff that shouldn’t freeze, like eggs). So, at least all of the food was preserved for a while. Then, the spring thaw came and I was told I had to throw it out. At this point, the watermelon had completely liquified. Rind and all. It was gross 😛

Fast forward to a couple of weeks ago, when I was in party prep mode again. I didn’t want to even look in the fridge, let alone clean it. I jammed and crammed as much into my house fridge as possible in the hopes that the cleaning fairy would come and take care of it. And, he did. Dave finally got tired of waiting for me and cleaned it out himself. Phew! Dodged a bullet with that one.

Lesson learned. When I put the leftover watermelon from Logan’s Star Wars party in that same fridge, Dave joked that he would clean it out next year. I wanted to prove him wrong and use up the leftovers before that happened. So, I decided to throw it in my dehydrator to see what would happen.

watermelon jerky
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watermelon jerky

A delicious new snack!

watermelon jerky

And, so easy. There isn’t really a recipe because there is only one ingredient. I sliced the watermelon to about 1/4″ thick strips and put in my dehydrator at 135F for the day. Once they were dried out and firm, I let cool and put into a ziploc bag in my pantry to throw into the kid’s lunches. No extra sugar, no extra additives. Just watermelon.

watermelon jerky

I hope you all have a great weekend! I’m not taking advantage of the first long weekend of the warm weather by going camping (thumbs down), but will be cleaning up my yard and hopefully planting my garden. We can’t plant before May long weekend, because it usually snows or gets cold.

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