Sweet, luscious melons are a treat that can only be truly appreciated at the peak of summer, when they're at their juiciest, gushiest best. If you've been overly tempted and have a glut of melons, here's a few ways to turn them into treats that will last beyond summer's steamy days.
Pickled Watermelon Rind A Southern classic, these sweet pickles are refreshing with meats or alongside cheeses. Don't throw those rinds away!
Watermelon Jam Capture the fresh essence of the watermelon in a jam (or a jelly). A squeeze of lime helps perk up the flavor.
Watermelon Butter Thick and delicious watermelon butter is sort of like apple butter, only melon!
Watermelon Infusion You know how you can infuse a watermelon with vodka? Well, you can infuse vodka (or tequila or...) with watermelon for the ultimate summery cocktails. Melontini, anyone?
Watermelon Soda Ferment watermelon juice for a fizzy, refreshing beverage that'll cool down even the most sweltering summer day.
Melon Chips dehydrated slices of melon (water- or otherwise) renders them chewy and supersweet, almost candy-like.
Melon Jam Cantaloupe and other melons melt down to a creamy, juicy consistency in a sweet jam. Don't knock it 'til you've tried it!
Melon IPA There are traditions of making fruit beers all over the world. Raspberries, cherries, peaches, pumpkins, blueberries: Just about every fruit has made it's way into a wort kettle at some point. So, why not a cantaloupe beer?