Westlake Weekly Update 9.1.21
Featured Item: Bigger is not always better
I am a sucker for things in miniature size. Take, for instance, those cute little jam jars you get at brunch or those tiny tabasco bottles when you order room service? I swoon over all those small repackaged items. So when Mother Nature started offering produce in some teeny tiny sizes, like the mini watermelon, you can bet I am all about it! But it’s not just the look of it that tickles me; there are some solid reasons you should be buying these.
For one, mini melons usually top out at no more than 5 pounds. And frankly, unless you’re a weightlifter, those humongous 20-pound melons can be a beast to get in your shopping basket. Mini watermelons, on the other hand, are small enough to lift with one hand! Plus, when you get it home, it fits nicely in your refrigerator. They’re much easier to cut when you get home since the rind is also thinner.
Another reason to buy one of these mini watermelons is it probably leads to less waste. If you’ve ever purchased a melon that was so big you didn’t have time to finish it before it was past its prime, then buying the more petite melon is an easy food waste-reducing solution. It drives me nuts to toss perfectly good produce!
Mini watermelons are seedless and tend to be extra sweet, crisp, and very juicy! As with all watermelons, they are super hydrating since they are about 90% water. It’s a perfect snack to enjoy on a hot summer day. Or they are pretty ideal for turning into a drink!
Serving a yummy mocktail or cocktail in a mini watermelon is a little over the top, but it’s perfect for the long weekend coming up!
Check out this recipe from The Spruce Eats…
- 1 (8-inch) mini watermelon
- 4 ounces tequila
- 2 ounces triple sec
- 2 ounces freshly squeezed lime juice, from 2 limes
Using a sharp knife, cut a circular hole that is slightly larger than the bottom of your stick blender in the top of the melon. Pop the top off with a big spoon. (Don’t use the knife for that.)
Coil a damp kitchen towel in the bottom of a bowl to stabilize the watermelon.
Using an immersion blender, blend the flesh of the watermelon, moving the blender all around to liquify as much of the juicy melon as possible. Be extremely careful to keep the base of the blender inside of the melon and away from your free hand.
Pour the tequila, orange liqueur, and lime juice into the melon full of watermelon juice. Stir. (Or add fresh juice from your favorite citrus, like limes, oranges, or lemons to keep it non-alcoholic)
Sip from a straw and enjoy!
Luckily we have lots of mini watermelons available now until the beginning of October out of Stockton. Plenty of time to make summer just a little sweeter!