How to Compress Watermelon for an Awesome Hors D'oeurve! Recipe

How to Compress Watermelon for an Awesome Hors D'oeurve!

Love the mix of sweet & savory! Here I use a little physics to help me intensify the flavor of my watermelon. Use as an hors d'oeurve or add to an arugula salad for a super-summery starter! Enjoy.

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Pick up a yummy watermelon!

Pick up a yummy watermelon!

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Cube watermelon and save your scraps. Discard rind and outside.

Cube watermelon and save your scraps. Discard rind and outside.

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Purée scraps, so you can add back to compressed watermelon in future step.

Purée scraps, so you can add back to compressed watermelon in future step.

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Purée away!

Purée away!

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Reduce purée in half, this will intensify the flavor. If your watermelon isn't super ripe, feel free to add 1 T of honey to the reduced purée.

Reduce purée in half, this will intensify the flavor. If your watermelon isn't super ripe, feel free to add 1 T of honey to the reduced purée.

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Chill purée completely before continuing. I'm using a Irinox Blast Chiller. Will be below 39F in no time at all!

Chill purée completely before continuing. I'm using a Irinox Blast Chiller. Will be below 39F in no time at all!

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Meanwhile, add cubed melon to a vacuum bag. Or foodsaver bag.

Meanwhile, add cubed melon to a vacuum bag. Or foodsaver bag.

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Once liquid is chilled, add 1/8 C to the bagged melon.

Once liquid is chilled, add 1/8 C to the bagged melon.

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Adding liquid to melon so it can be incorporated back into the fruit will intensify the flavor!

Adding liquid to melon so it can be incorporated back into the fruit will intensify the flavor!

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Next, I'm going to add the liquid back to the melon by cold boiling the purée & fruit together in a vacuum. This step will not work in a Food Saver, but you can still use one to compress any fruit.

Next, I'm going to add the liquid back to the melon by cold boiling the purée & fruit together in a vacuum. This step will not work in a Food Saver, but you can still use one to compress any fruit.

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Et Voila! Enjoy, and thanks for checking out my guide!

Et Voila! Enjoy, and thanks for checking out my guide!

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