How to Dry Melons: An Illustrated Guide
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
Step Two - Dry Melon Until Hard and Tacky; Store in Jars or Bags
Melon Books and Information
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