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MELONS

Ripening Melons
Store slightly under-ripe melons in a pierced paper bag at room temperature for a few days. Adding an apple to the bag will coax the fruit into ripeness. A ripe melon will give slightly when pressed on the stem end, and will produce a delicate fragrance from the blossom end — once it does so, store in the refrigerator.

Storing Ripe, Uncut Melons
Despite their hardy appearance, melons are quite perishable. Keep ripe melons away from other fruit so that the ethylene gas that they produce does not speed up the fruit's ripening. Uncut ripe melons should keep in the fridge for up to 5 days.

Storing Cut Melons
When storing a halved melon, leave the seeds in to help keep it fresh. Once you've cut into a melon, wrap the remainder in plastic and it should keep in the fridge for about 3 days.

Freezing Melon
If you find yourself with more melon than you can eat before it spoils, freeze it. Cut into cubes, tossing with 1/4 cup of sugar for each 2 cups of fruit if desired, and store in an airtight container. The flesh will soften after it has thawed, but it will be fine for use in smoothies or fruit soups.

Storing Uncut Watermelons
Once picked from the vine, watermelons will not ripen any further. To store, keep these fruits in the fridge — heat causes the juicy flesh to dry out and become fibrous. Plus, chilling adds to watermelon's refreshing nature. A watermelon can be stored in the refrigerator for 2 weeks, and sometimes as long as 3.

Storing Cut Watermelons
When storing a cut melon, wrap the cut side in plastic, and it should keep in the fridge for about 3 days. The plastic will prevent the watermelon from absorbing the flavors of other foods and will keep its flesh moist.

Freezing Watermelons
If you find yourself with more watermelon than you can eat before it spoils, freeze it. Cut into cubes, tossing with 1/4 cup of sugar for each 2 cups of fruit if desired, and store in an airtight container. The flesh will not be crisp after it thaws, but it will be fine for use in smoothies or fruit soups.

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