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How to Dry Melons for Snacks, Salads, Drinks, and Other Recipes: An Illustrated Guide

Updated on September 3, 2017
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Butterfly has been gardening and preserving food of all kinds for many years, and thrives on the creativity involved in these processes.

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Which Melons to Dry?

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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      ButterflyWings 5 years ago

      Thelma,

      You're welcome!

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      Thelma Alberts 5 years ago from Germany

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

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      ButterflyWings 6 years ago

      Tipoague, you're so welcome!

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      Tammy 6 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 7 years ago

      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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      HealthyHanna 7 years ago from Utah

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

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      ButterflyWings 7 years ago

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

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      RunAbstract 7 years ago from USA

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

      One thousand thanks!!!

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      ButterflyWings 7 years ago

      Fuscia, you're welcome!

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      ButterflyWings 7 years ago

      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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      fucsia 7 years ago

      Wow! Thanks for this nice and healthy idea!

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      LiftedUp 7 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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      ButterflyWings 7 years ago

      I'm glad to be of service.

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      Apostle Jack 7 years ago from Atlanta Ga

      So good to know.Thanks

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      ButterflyWings 7 years ago

      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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      Linda Rogers 7 years ago from Minnesota

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

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