How to Freeze Cucamelons
Cucamelons are tiny. If you are growing them at home, you should pick them when they are about the size of a grape. If you leave them to grow longer than this, they can become bitter and unpleasant.
If you pick them at the right time, these are a delicious fruit, although they are a bit tangy so they may not be to everybody’s tastes. Freezing them is fairly easy to do. Just follow this method for a bag full of delicious frozen cucamelons.
Wash your cucamelons and make sure you get rid of any stems.
- Discard Damaged Cucamelons
Next, sort through the cucamelons and take out any damaged cucamelons or any that are showing signs of spoiling. You only want to freeze the very best!
- Cut in Half
Cut your cucamelons in half before freezing. This makes them a little easier to use at a later date.
- Flash Freeze
Lay out your remaining cucamelons on to a flat baking sheet. Make sure you only have a single layer of cucamelons because you want them to freeze individually. Pop the cucamelons into the freezer for about thirty minutes to an hour. You need them to be fairly solid before moving onto the next step.
- Bag Up
When the cucamelons are frozen, transfer them from the baking tray into a freezer bag. Doing this extra step of freezing on the baking tray ensures that they freeze separately, and you can grab out just one or two from the bag at a time rather than have to deal with a large clump of frozen together cucamelons.
Squeeze out any excess air and seal the bag tightly.
Label them with the date and contents and pop the cucamelons back into the freezer. Whenever you need an alternative ice cube or two, grab some out of the bag and pop them into your glass. Delicious and refreshing!
2 Tips for Freezing Cucamelons
Now you know how to freeze them, we’ve got our 2 top tips which we strongly recommend following when freezing cucamelons to have the best results:
- Chop Them Up – You could freeze your cucamelons whole if you prefer, but they are the perfect size for a choking hazard so chopping them in half reduces this risk a little.
- Toss into Smoothies – If you are unsure how to use your frozen cucamelons, you could always add them to a blender with some of your favourite fruits and blend them up for a delicious and refreshing breakfast smoothie that is good for you as well as tasty.
How Long Can You Freeze Cucamelons?
We would recommend that you treat cucamelons like you would other fruits. Keep them in the freezer for up to three months. If when you come to using the cucamelons, you find they have degraded or spoiled, then throw them away rather than risk eating them.
You Can Freeze Cucamelons for up to 3 Months
How Do You Defrost Cucamelons?
The best way to use your frozen cucamelons is to keep them frozen! Use them as a great alternative to ice cubes and pep up your water. Or, pop them into a fruit salad as a frozen addition to add texture and flavour.
If you defrost them, you may find that they have changed quite a bit in the freezer and won’t be suitable for eating as fruit. However, you can use defrosted cucamelons in smoothies or your baking. To defrost, pop a handful into a bowl and pop this into the fridge to thaw out slowly.
Can You Refreeze Cucamelons?
No, you shouldn’t refreeze cucamelons. The texture is likely to have changed, and by the time you freeze and thaw for a second time, they just won’t be as good to eat!
Do Cucamelons Freeze Well?
Whether or not cucamelons freeze well is up for debate. However, if you plan to use them frozen, then they should freeze well. But, if you thaw them out, then they may have changed and become soft and mushy rather than light and crisp. This is fine for some recipes, but it does make them difficult to eat as a whole fruit.
If you’ve still got questions about freezing cucamelons or cucamelons in general, then these may help:
What are Cucamelons?
They are a fruit that tastes like a sour cucumber and looks like a mini watermelon – hence the name! They are also known as Mexican sour gherkin mainly due to their sour flavour.
Can You Freeze Watermelon?
Cucamelons look like mini watermelons, so can you freeze watermelon? You can! You need to cut the flesh from the watermelon, chop it up into chunks then flash freeze it. It will lose a lot of texture due to the high water content, so it’s a good idea to only use frozen watermelon in smoothies or as ice lollies.