Friday, June 02, 2006

Feeling Ripe

It was only as I struggled to hoist a watermelon from the cardboard bin that I realized...

My midsection is now bigger in diameter than the largest melon I can find at Kroger.

I couldn't stop myself from laughing out loud! What's worse, at least four men walked right past me without offering to help me lift one!

Still, the back strain's worth the pleasure of eating a cold juicy slice in weather like this.
Which do you think is the better strategy--cutting the flesh into chunks for quick snacking, or preserving a well-wrapped half in the fridge so it can be sliced just before eating?

12 comments:

Mrs. Happy Housewife said...

I cut our seedless watermelon last night after dinner. I always cut it all up in chunks and put it in the fridge. It doesn't last very long around here and it is easier to cut all at once so the kids can get some on their own. Just curious - how much was your watermelon? Mine was $3 at Super Walmart. No Krogers around here.

Meredith said...

$3.99 at Kroger--a dollar less than Super Walmart. For some reason, my Super Walmart rarely has the lowest prices on produce.

mommysecrets said...

I had a similar thought last night, as I (5 months pregnant) struggled to lift big bags of sandbox sand into my car. 4 men sat in a van right beside me & watched! What happened to chivalry????

Jordana said...

When we get cantalope or honeydew, I cut it into chunks and put it in a Rubbermaid container. I prefer to eat my watermelon off the rind in large slices though, so we cut it in half and stick it in a jumbo sized ziploc bag (far more leak-proof than an other method I've found) and save it for slicing when we want to eat it.

We wash and reuse the jumbo bags and they usually hold up for most of the summer.

Anonymous said...

An immediate slice for each kid and me, then chunks...spatial efficiency, better for fridge storage.

TIP: Save the leftover drippy juice and freeze. It is wonderfully healthful to drink if you have a cold. I have forgotten exactly why...is it the alkalinity? anyway! it works!

Debbie

Mom2fur said...

First, shame on all those men! Although, in a way, maybe they were 'afraid' to help (dumbies). Some women would find it insulting (silly girls). But to me, it's just plain being kind to another person. Heck, I hold doors open for everyone regardless of sex or age. Regarding how to use the watermelon...it never lasts that long around here! And don't you agree that seedless watermelon is the greatest agricultural invention ever?

Anonymous said...

I say keep it as fresh as possible, but (knowing how little time we mommies all have!) cut up just enough to snack on for the afternoon. :)

Anonymous said...

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Shannon said...

Now I'm just dying for a watermelon!

Mrs. Happy Housewife said...

"For some reason, my Super Walmart rarely has the lowest prices on produce."

I wonder if it's due to location, such as state or rural/urban. I'm in FL. I forget where you are. Also, I've heard that the ritzy-er the locale, the higher Wal-mart's prices. Have no idea how ritzy your area is. :)

Disney loving Frugal Mom said...

In order to make it more self serve and keep the ants away. I cut it up and put it in a bowl. My son loves watermelon but not so great on the clean up. So it is much easier to put in a bowl for us.

In fact I just had some watermelon with salt sprinkled on it. That is just the best!

Kristen said...

I vote chunks. Convenience is king, and like someone wrote above, it won't last long enough to go bad.

MMMMMM...WATERMELON. :-)