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(Lifehacker)   Putting watermelon in the fridge not only makes it taste worse, but it takes away valuable real estate from your mayo and pickles   (lifehacker.com) divider line
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389 clicks; posted to Food » on 09 May 2022 at 7:48 PM (6 weeks ago)   |   Favorite    |   share:  Share on Twitter share via Email Share on Facebook



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2022-05-09 5:15:57 PM  
After two days at 32°F, watermelons develop an off-flavor, become pitted and lose color.

that's... I am somewhat certain that is not "refrigeration"
 
2022-05-09 5:30:15 PM  
Fark you. Cold juicy watermelon is tasty af.
 
2022-05-09 5:55:42 PM  

Irving Maimway: Fark you. Cold juicy watermelon is tasty af.


Cannot argue with that, but I also have fond memories of hot summer days cracking open a fresh-picked watermelon at a picnic down by the lake.

Lots of fruit, and other things, taste better warm than cold.
 
2022-05-09 6:04:30 PM  

MrBallou: Irving Maimway: Fark you. Cold juicy watermelon is tasty af.

Cannot argue with that, but I also have fond memories of hot summer days cracking open a fresh-picked watermelon at a picnic down by the lake.

Lots of fruit, and other things, taste better warm than cold.


Indeed. Roasted apples are the shiz.
 
2022-05-09 6:58:02 PM  
I also recall one time I left a watermelon out on the counter a few too many days, and it cracked isself open because auto-fermentation.

tasted farking awesome, but in the end tossed 99% just in case it was "bad" SCOBYs :(
 
2022-05-09 7:20:18 PM  

tintar: After two days at 32°F, watermelons develop an off-flavor, become pitted and lose color.

that's... I am somewhat certain that is not "refrigeration"


Refreezeration?
 
2022-05-09 8:20:23 PM  
The only proper place for the mayo, subby:

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Cold watermelon is good.
 
2022-05-09 8:29:01 PM  
And the catsup.
 
2022-05-09 8:42:30 PM  
I store mine in a spring house
 
2022-05-09 8:44:48 PM  
It's going to melt if you don't refrigerate it.  Same with cantaloupe.
 
2022-05-09 9:02:34 PM  
Are you seriously suggesting that I store my vodak in the bottle?!
 
2022-05-09 9:22:46 PM  
So I shouldn't put it in the fridge but should store it at 55°?
How exactly do I do that? Do I have to dig a really deep root cellar?
 
2022-05-09 9:32:42 PM  

abhorrent1: So I shouldn't put it in the fridge but should store it at 55°?
How exactly do I do that? Do I have to dig a really deep root cellar?


No, of course not. You can build a house of adobe and turn the AC on.
 
2022-05-09 9:37:17 PM  

ecmoRandomNumbers: abhorrent1: So I shouldn't put it in the fridge but should store it at 55°?
How exactly do I do that? Do I have to dig a really deep root cellar?

No, of course not. You can build a house of adobe and turn the AC on.


We just put it in a tub of water in the basement or, if it wasn't too muggy out, outside in a shady spot. The tub of water would cool it a bit through evaporation.
 
2022-05-09 9:53:04 PM  
Let it sit out of the fridge and ripen up till you want to eat it (within reason - you know when it's getting toward too long.)  Once it's where you want it to be, fridge it for a couple three hours to get it nice and cold, consume.  You're not required to leave the damn thing in there any longer than it takes to cool it down
 
2022-05-09 10:09:22 PM  
Tub of ice and water, float the orb, in a moment, the melon will become "Miami Cool"
 
2022-05-09 10:24:15 PM  

Pelvic Splanchnic Ganglion: Are you seriously suggesting that I store my vodak in the bottle?!


who the hell put the cap back on the bottle.

abhorrent1: So I shouldn't put it in the fridge but should store it at 55°?
How exactly do I do that? Do I have to dig a really deep root cellar?


grew up with a root cellar. well... actually it used to be a coal cellar. which likely explains quite a lot.
 
2022-05-09 10:35:34 PM  

Some Junkie Cosmonaut: Let it sit out of the fridge and ripen up till you want to eat it (within reason - you know when it's getting toward too long.)  Once it's where you want it to be, fridge it for a couple three hours to get it nice and cold, consume.  You're not required to leave the damn thing in there any longer than it takes to cool it down


Oh come on.  I just spent $500 on a watermelon refrigerator.

I had to check.  Why does this exist?

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2022-05-09 10:36:57 PM  
Just send Claire one of these babies with some ranch dressing. She'll change her mind real quick. Oh, and send Vodka too. Turns out this is a Slavic thing. These are brine preserved, not vinegar. Seems timely:

"Russians and Slavic people love pickles. Like many great culinary traditions, the practice of pickling and preserving was born out of necessity. The growing season for fresh fruit and vegetables is relatively short and it became essential to preserve the bounty of fresh produce for the dark cold days of winter."
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2022-05-09 11:04:56 PM  

fasahd: Just send Claire one of these babies with some ranch dressing. She'll change her mind real quick. Oh, and send Vodka too. Turns out this is a Slavic thing. These are brine preserved, not vinegar. Seems timely:

"Russians and Slavic people love pickles. Like many great culinary traditions, the practice of pickling and preserving was born out of necessity. The growing season for fresh fruit and vegetables is relatively short and it became essential to preserve the bounty of fresh produce for the dark cold days of winter."
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dude, CLARE is addicted to trash cans not actual pickles. she seriously only wants the closest phosphate in the nearest garbage.

see, see?

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/still outside my front door and I still ent happy aboot it
 
2022-05-10 6:06:57 AM  

Some Junkie Cosmonaut: Let it sit out of the fridge and ripen up till you want to eat it (within reason - you know when it's getting toward too long.)  Once it's where you want it to be, fridge it for a couple three hours to get it nice and cold, consume.  You're not required to leave the damn thing in there any longer than it takes to cool it down


it's not ripening, it's rotting.  Watermelons are a non-climacteric fruit.  Unlike some other berries, like bananas, they basically don't ripen after picking.  https://foodandnutrition.org/blogs/student-scoop/ripening-101-climacteric-vs-non-climacteric-fruits/
 
2022-05-10 6:55:11 AM  

Gough: Some Junkie Cosmonaut: Let it sit out of the fridge and ripen up till you want to eat it (within reason - you know when it's getting toward too long.)  Once it's where you want it to be, fridge it for a couple three hours to get it nice and cold, consume.  You're not required to leave the damn thing in there any longer than it takes to cool it down

it's not ripening, it's rotting.  Watermelons are a non-climacteric fruit.  Unlike some other berries, like bananas, they basically don't ripen after picking.  https://foodandnutrition.org/blogs/student-scoop/ripening-101-climacteric-vs-non-climacteric-fruits/


I must admit I wasn't aware of that.  But apparently I like my watermelon somewhat rotted, because they're often not quite good to go for me as they come from the store

/not arguing - just hadn't realized the difference
//cherries are the same way, often aren't quite ready to eat straight out of the store and need a few days
///and they're the same way it seems - just looked - I guess some rot makes my taste buds happier - go figure
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2022-05-10 7:26:53 AM  

Some Junkie Cosmonaut: Gough: Some Junkie Cosmonaut: Let it sit out of the fridge and ripen up till you want to eat it (within reason - you know when it's getting toward too long.)  Once it's where you want it to be, fridge it for a couple three hours to get it nice and cold, consume.  You're not required to leave the damn thing in there any longer than it takes to cool it down

it's not ripening, it's rotting.  Watermelons are a non-climacteric fruit.  Unlike some other berries, like bananas, they basically don't ripen after picking.  https://foodandnutrition.org/blogs/student-scoop/ripening-101-climacteric-vs-non-climacteric-fruits/

I must admit I wasn't aware of that.  But apparently I like my watermelon somewhat rotted, because they're often not quite good to go for me as they come from the store

/not arguing - just hadn't realized the difference
//cherries are the same way, often aren't quite ready to eat straight out of the store and need a few days
///and they're the same way it seems - just looked - I guess some rot makes my taste buds happier - go figure
////brainnnnnnnnns


Fair enough.  I think all of the tips for judging a watermelon's ripeness in the store:  thumping, sniffing, checking the color of the field spot, looking at the veining, etc.  represent an understanding that the melon isn't going to improve much more.  We don't do that with banananas, since we know they'll ripen eventually.
 
2022-05-10 8:00:20 AM  

fasahd: Just send Claire one of these babies with some ranch dressing. She'll change her mind real quick. Oh, and send Vodka too. Turns out this is a Slavic thing. These are brine preserved, not vinegar. Seems timely:

"Russians and Slavic people love pickles. Like many great culinary traditions, the practice of pickling and preserving was born out of necessity. The growing season for fresh fruit and vegetables is relatively short and it became essential to preserve the bounty of fresh produce for the dark cold days of winter."
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Pickled watermelon rind has been a thing in the South for a long time.
 
2022-05-10 9:36:31 AM  
Watermelon goes in fridge/freezer only after having bottles of vodak infused into itm
 
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