Serving a watermelon to the New Year's table is a very unusual idea that will undoubtedly surprise guests and delight loved ones. However, keeping it juicy and tasty for several months is not an easy task, because without special conditions it will simply start to rot. Suitable for storage fruit without external damage, with a thick skin and weighing about 4-5 kg.
One of the easiest ways to store a watermelon is to hang it in the pantry of an apartment or in the basement of a private house.
You need to do the following:
Straw picks up moisture well and dries quickly, so the watermelon will not rot for a long time under it.
Store the watermelon correctly as follows:
If there are several watermelons, then a layer of straw should also be laid between them, since they should not touch each other.
For this storage method, only a cool, dry room is suitable, in which you need to do the following:
In grain, watermelons are stored much better and longer, but they are not cheap, so they are usually replaced with sand.
Also, a watermelon will retain its freshness for a long time if it is placed in cold water. For this, a barrel standing on the street in cold weather is suitable, as well as an ice hole, but only if it is in the garden, otherwise the fruit may be stolen. During storage, the fruit should be covered with cold water to the top, and the water in the barrel should be changed every week so that it does not stagnate.
Before immersion in water, a watermelon should be inspected for damage, since even with a small crack, it will quickly begin to rot.
Ash absorbs moisture well, and also prevents the growth of fungi and bacteria, therefore it is ideal for storing various fruits. If a stove or fireplace is regularly heated in a private house, then there will be enough ash to store the watermelon in it.
The process looks something like the case with sand:
Clay does not allow water and air to pass through, therefore it has long been known as a means for long-term storage of fruits.
If you want to store watermelon in clay, you need to do the following:
As with clay, you need to prepare a mixture from paraffin or wax and cover the watermelon with it.
The actions are as follows:
Based on the number of effective ways of storing watermelon, it is clear that it will be able to please the family not only in hot summer, but also on a winter evening on New Year's Eve. The main thing is not to be lazy and put the fruit well for storage, so that instead of juicy pulp you do not get rotten pulp.
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Having decided on the place, you need to choose a way to store the watermelon:
Methods for storing watermelons
We tried to pick up a variety so that you can choose the one that suits you best.
In this way, you can store a watermelon both in a private house (in the basement, pantry) and in an apartment (in the closet). To do this, the watermelon is wrapped in a dense natural cloth so that it completely covers it, the fruit is placed in a string bag, and hung on a hook. The fruit should not touch any surface (wall, cabinet, shelf, etc.).
You can keep the "sun berry" in the straw for a long period of time.
You can keep the watermelon in the straw for a long period of time.
For this, the bottom of the box or shelves are covered with a thick layer of straw. On it, at some distance from each other, watermelons are carefully placed with the stalk up. Straw "partitions" are laid between the fruits, added on top of the watermelons so that the straw completely covers the fruits.
This method is also suitable for storage in an apartment or private house.
In addition to the usual, there are several more intricate and even exotic. If you have a desire, free time, a suitable room, and most importantly - a ripe watermelon, then why not try to preserve the "sunny berry" using one of the original methods?
You can keep a watermelon in water
The main condition for such storage is that the water must be cold and completely cover the watermelon: you can lower it into an ice hole or store it in the basement - in a barrel or wooden vat filled with water.
If you heat the stove (fireplace) with wood or there is simply an opportunity to get ash, you can store watermelons in it too: ash will prevent the development of fungi and putrefactive bacteria, absorb excess moisture, which will keep the fruits for a long period of time. The wooden box is filled with a thick layer of dry, sieved ash. A watermelon is carefully laid on it, which is completely covered with ash. The box is closed with a lid and left for storage in the cellar or basement.
With the help of clay, you can save many foods from spoilage, so why not try saving a watermelon?
With the help of clay, you can save many foods from spoilage.
Clay is diluted with water to a pasty consistency, applied to a watermelon. As soon as the clay dries, the berry is coated several more times, allowing each layer to dry thoroughly. As a result, a layer about 0.5 cm thick should turn out on the watermelon. The clay coating is allowed to dry again, and the watermelon is stored in a cool dark room by hanging it in a string bag or laying it on a litter of sawdust.
In the same way as in clay, watermelon can be stored in wax or paraffin.
Melt paraffin or wax and cover the berry with it several times. As a result, the coating layer should be about 1 cm thick. Store the watermelon covered with wax or paraffin in a cool place.
To use clay for storage, you should:
Turn fruit periodically and check for integrity. Remember not to put them on a hard surface during storage, as this contributes to the appearance of softness and sluggishness on the inside. If you follow all the instructions, then the shelf life of watermelons can be 3-4 months.
Many people buy watermelons for the New Year's table at a high price and with low quality. But why do this if you can save money and stock up on summer heat and vitamins for the winter, leaving the most useful berry for storage.