Watermelon Thirst Quencher Juice
One of the things I like doing on this blog is sharing recipes from my childhood.
During the summer months, my mom makes us fresh watermelon juice to go with our meals. Watermelon contains more water than any other fruit, about 91% water. That makes it ideal for a fruit juice that actually will quench your thirst.
What makes my mom’s watermelon juice unique is that she doesn’t just use the sweet red flesh,but she also uses the portions near the rind and part of the rind itself– the portions most people aren’t willing to eat but actually contains a lot of nutrients.
The juice is a little more thick because of the rind but it just makes it taste like a smoothie. My version is very similar to my mom’s, except that I also added a little bit of lime juice, which really think quenches thirst.
By the way, if you’re looking for tips on how to choose a sweet and crunchy watermelon, I’ve gotten pretty good at it thanks to my mom who is like the watermelon whisperer. Customers at supermarkets always ask her to help them choose watermelon. The key is the sound. When you hit the watermelon with the palm of your hand, you want to hear a hollow-like sound, where you can hear the water swishing through it. If you hear a very dull thud, those watermelon are usually mushy.
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I always see watermelon juice on sale at various cafes and restaurants over the summer and they charge about $3 a glass. I’ve never been able to bring myself to buy it because it’s so ridiculously easy to make at home and watermelons are so cheap during the summer. I’ve been making the juices and storing them in my little jars and then taking them out during mealtime. I know I’m late jumping on the bandwagon for mason jars, but I’m really loving them. Not only do they look cute for serving but they are so practical. I can store juice in the single serving jars and even shake them right before drinking.
- 1 personal sized watermelon you can also use larger ones, just adjust the ingredient portions
- juice from 1 lime
- sugar optional, to taste
Slice open watermelon and cut into slices. Cut watermelon slices into cubes, including the white portions, as close to skin as possible (see the photo in the post). Save the sweet red portions for eating if desired, otherwise you can juice it as well.
Add watermelon, lime juice, sugar if needed, into blender and blend at high speed until smooth. The pulpy portions may sink to bottom if juice is not consumed right away but you can always shake it again before drinking.
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Tips for Picking Watermelons
- My mom taught me the key to picking a ripe watermelon is the sound. When you hit the watermelon with the palm of your hand you want to hear a hollow-like sound, where you can hear the water swishing through it. If you hear a very dull thud, those watermelon are usually mushy.