How to Preserve Cantaloupe (Freezing & Dehydrating)

Tips for preserving canteloupe - freezing & dehydrating  |  Mom with a Prep

“Cantaloupe tonight, dear, Dad’s got the car!” Get it? huh? yeah – it’s a groaner, but it is all about my tip today!

Did you know that you can freeze canteloupe? You can! You can also dehydrate it! Seriously!

How to Freeze Canteloupe

  • Cut canteloupe in half.
  • Clean out the pulp
  • Cut in quarters or eighths – whichever works best for you.
  • Edge knife around the quarter to remove the husk
  • cut pieces into 2″ squares
  • Line on a cookie sheet and flash freeze
  • Store frozen segments in an airtight container in the freezer for up to six months (you can store longer, this is just the recommended time – I find that much longer leaves them beginning to lose their appeal)

Here’s how I used it:

Cantaloupe Watermelon Smoothie

  • 3 C watermelon – cubed (I actually just used some frozen watermelon that we stock in the freezer)
  • 1 C cantaloupe cubed – I just cubed it and froze it like it is
  • 1 small handful spinach leaves
  • 1/2 C strawberries
  • 1/2 C yogurt
  • tsp each of flax or chai seed (pretty much a staple in all of our smoothies)
  • some ice
  • some fruit juice or water – I find that a little liquid makes it easier to process

This made 4 8oz glasses for breakfast – but that’s because I’m sure I added more watermelon and cantaloupe than this – I tend to just fill the blender. I was pleasantly surprised how much I liked this.

It would also make great freezer pops, too!

Factoid: According to food expert Alton Brown, most canteloupe that we see in the US really isn’t canteloupe, but musk melon.

How to Dehydrate Canteloupe

  • Follow the procedure above to cut and clean your canteloupe
  • Cut the wedges into 1/4″ slices (not chunks)
  • Layout on dehydrator trays in single layer, not touching
  • Dehydrate on 125-130 F until chewy but firm (depending on weather and how ripe your canteloupe is, may take 18-20 hours)
  • Store in airtight container. I tend to store mine in zip top bags in a canning jar because they don’t last long enough for longer storage!

These make great snacks!

Tip – cut into smaller portions and they make great additions to granola or oatmeal!

Need a Dehydrator? Check out my Nesco FD-80 review here.

Tips for preserving canteloupe - freezing & dehydrating  |  Mom with a Prep

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