How to Dry Melons: An Illustrated Guide

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Do you have a surplus of melons? Drying can turn them into a wonderful, candy-like snack.

Virtually any good-quality melon can be dried. I don't recommend trying to dry any that are bruised, very soft (over-mature), or beginning to ferment. Also, some types dry better than others. Watermelons give the least satisfactory results, but are still good. Muskmelons, cantaloupes, and honeydew melons dry the best.

What You Will Need to Dry Melons

  • A dehydrator, either commercial or home-made. Sun-drying might work in very hot, dry weather. Use screens covered with sheets to keep insects off.
  • Knives, for slicing melons

Step One - Cut Melon Into Thin, Small Pieces, Arrange on Drying Trays

Make sure outside of melon is clean. Begin by slicing melon into manageable chunks.
Make sure outside of melon is clean. Begin by slicing melon into manageable chunks.
Then slice it into slices between 1/2" and 1" wide.
Then slice it into slices between 1/2" and 1" wide.
Cut rind off...
Cut rind off...
...then cut melon flesh into 1/2" pieces.
...then cut melon flesh into 1/2" pieces.
Arrange on drying trays or racks so that air can circulate freely.
Arrange on drying trays or racks so that air can circulate freely.

Step Two - Dry Melon Until Hard and Tacky; Store in Jars or Bags

Dry at 160* F.  for 2-3 hours, then at 130* until dry. "Dry" means leathery, without any damp spots. Store in airtight sacks or jars. Freezing will allow you to keep the dried melon almost indefinitely without spoilage.
Dry at 160* F. for 2-3 hours, then at 130* until dry. "Dry" means leathery, without any damp spots. Store in airtight sacks or jars. Freezing will allow you to keep the dried melon almost indefinitely without spoilage.

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Minnetonka Twin 5 years ago from Minnesota

This would be great and healthy for snacks. I'm gonna bookmark this hub. Thanks:)


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ButterflyWings 5 years ago Author

Minnetonka Twin, I so hope you take the time to do melons this way! They're delicious. However, they don't pair well with much of anything else, as the flavor becomes too concentrated. It's not like apples or peaches that you can mix'n'match with other dried fruits.


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Apostle Jack 5 years ago from Atlanta Ga

So good to know.Thanks


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ButterflyWings 5 years ago Author

I'm glad to be of service.


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LiftedUp 5 years ago from Plains of Colorado

Ooh, that finished product looks good. And to save that taste of summer for a chill winter day . . .


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fucsia 5 years ago

Wow! Thanks for this nice and healthy idea!


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ButterflyWings 5 years ago Author

LiftedUp, it is wonderful to be able to preserve the lusciousness of summer. Plus, my kids like dried melon as well as candy. :)


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ButterflyWings 5 years ago Author

Fuscia, you're welcome!


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RunAbstract 5 years ago from USA

I LOVE THIS!!! Now I can't wait for mellon season!

One thousand thanks!!!


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ButterflyWings 5 years ago Author

RunAbstract, you're welcome! I hope your dried melon is everything you expect it will be.


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HealthyHanna 5 years ago from Utah

Wow! I never though about drying mellons. They are all water!


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ButterflyWings 5 years ago Author

HealthyHanna, I didn't think of this on my own, either. I found the idea in a book which was put out in the '70's during the original "granola" craze. ;) But the process actually works very well.

Other things which are largely water - such as zucchini - can also be successfully dried. I have a lot more articles in the works showing how to do more types of food.


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tlpoague 4 years ago from USA

Thanks for sharing this helpful tip. I've never thought about drying mellons. I will have to give it a try. Thanks again!


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ButterflyWings 4 years ago Author

Tipoague, you're so welcome!


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Thelma Alberts 3 years ago from Germany

I like this. I never heard of drying Melons. Thanks for sharing.


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ButterflyWings 3 years ago Author

Thelma,

You're welcome!

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