There are some days that the family doesn’t eat the watermelon fast enough and it turns to mush. It takes every ounce of will power to throw away that mushy, grainy, starting to fall apart watermelon. Until a few weeks ago when I was reminded that it can be used for Watermelon Sorbet. Brilliant!
So, when I saw my watermelon turning mushing and starting to come apart, I turned to my ice cream maker in lieu of the trash.
This wonderful refreshing desert was the highlight of our evening and it took very little work on my part.
Here is the recipe; my notes are in italic:
6 cups cubed watermelon
1 cup simple syrup – recipe below
1/4 of a lime or lemon – if you do not have a lime or lemon on hand, you can try using 1-2 tsp lemon or lime juice, although we have never done this, so we are unsure of the final taste.
In a blender, or food processor, add cubed watermelon and 1-2 cups of water (this is just so the blender has some liquid to puree with, if your blender doesn’t need this, then omit the water). Puree on High (using the puree setting, if you have it) for 2 minutes, or until all the watermelon has liquefied. Pour into a medium-large bowl and set aside.
To make the simple syrup combine water and sugar in a medium sauce pot and bring to a roiling boil over medium-low heat, stirring to melt the sugar. Once the sugar has completely dissolved, remove from heat and add lime or lemon juice. Stir well.
Pour the mixture into a bowl and place in the fridge to cool. This may take up to 10 minutes.
Once the simple syrup is cool to the touch, pour it into the watermelon puree, stirring well to combine.
Pour the watermelon mix to your favorite ice cream maker and turn on. Wait until the mixture has frozen and has a “slurpee” or “icy” appearance. Serve immediately!
Serves 4-8 people
We have not had any success freezing our leftovers. We have to chisel out the sorbet after it has been in the freezer a day or so. We have been told that if we had an ounce or so of vodka will prevent it from hardening in the freezer, but then it won’t be kid friendly. So use your best judgement.