How Long Do Watermelons Last?

Grocery shopping is not an everyday affair for most of us, which is why we tend to buy things for shelf keep. Sometimes, we buy fruits like watermelon and we wonder how long we could continue to keep it on our shelves. 

Watermelons like most fruits have what we call short life spans. Their lifespan can heighten or decrease depending on factors like temperature. Watermelons can last a very few days at room temperature, and weeks in the refrigerator, while they should be able to last about a year in the freezer. 

Also, watermelons are either sold as a whole or per slice. It’s good to note that once the fruit has been cut open, the life span decreases so whole watermelons and precut ones do not have the same lifespan. If you’re thinking of storing fruits for a longer period, it’s better to buy them whole. 

How do you know when watermelons go bad?

It’s not so easy to know when a watermelon has gone bad through its skin (if it’s whole).  When getting a whole watermelon from the store, you have to make sure it’s ripe. If you’re not planning on eating it immediately, ensure that you do not buy an overripe one. Checking the skin for soggy places and patches of greenish-blue, black, or white mold is the quickest method to detect over-ripeness. 

Even if the fruit appears to be in good condition on the outside, it may have gone bad within. If the skin has any black patches or is slimy in some areas, it should be discarded. If it appears to be fine but has a sour or off odor, it is also a sign that the watermelon is bad. On the good side, you might get your money back if you can prove you bought rotting fruit and immediately return it to the store. 

Expiration dates are commonly found on pre-cut watermelon packages, and they should be regarded. A fact; most items will not spoil by that date, so knowing what to check for is essential. Again, avoid any melon that is slimy, discolored, has a strange odor, or is sprouting anything fuzzy.

Rotten watermelon may appear and smell normal. This is frequently the case with chopped melon that has been resting in a fridge container for a week or more. Despite the fact that the fruit hasn’t become slimy or moldy due to the enclosed container, the melon can nonetheless be terrible and make you sick. If a bite of fruit is stale or sour, spit it out and dispose of the rest immediately.

How long do watermelons last at room temperature?

Keep chopped melons refrigerated. Throw aside melon pieces that have been left out at room temperature for more than two hours, they could start breeding bacteria. At room temperature, watermelon will last 7-10 days, anything longer may spoil your watermelon. 

How long do watermelons last in the fridge?

It is common knowledge that refrigeration makes food last longer while maintaining its flavor, taste, and nutrient. And watermelons are no exception, however, refrigeration doesn’t keep things from spoiling for a very lengthy period of time, especially fresh fruits like watermelons. 

A watermelon that hasn’t been cut open can be kept in the refrigerator for up to three weeks. Watermelons will not ripen further once taken from the vine. Keep them in the fridge to avoid their luscious flesh drying out and becoming fibrous. In addition, refrigerating enhances the refreshing characteristics of watermelons.

Leave the seeds in a sliced watermelon when storing them to keep them fresh. Once you’ve cut a watermelon into slices, cover them in plastic and store them in the fridge for 3 days. The plastic will keep the watermelon’s flesh moist and stop it from absorbing the flavors of other foods.

Can you freeze watermelons?

You can freeze watermelon If you have it in excess.

Freezing watermelon has its own conditions, for one the skin will become soggy after thawing which can be messy, however, the rest of the fruit will be fine for your consumption (if you do not mind that, you can put your watermelon in the freezer).

However, a more conducive way will be to divide your watermelon, cut out the skin, chop up the fruit, store it in plastic and then freeze. This will make your watermelon more suitable for eating and even for making smoothies. So if you have leftovers you can peel the skin, chop it into cubes and freeze for a very long time. 

How long does it take to freeze watermelons?

Sliced watermelons must be frozen for at least 2 hours in the freezer. If they aren’t strong enough, freeze them for a few minutes longer (4 to 5 hours should suffice) or even overnight.

Whole watermelons should take about 5to 6 hours, or better still overnight. 

How long do watermelons last in the freezer?

How long does cut watermelon last within the freezer? Properly stored, it’ll maintain its natural quality for 10-12 months but will remain safe beyond that point. The cut-up watermelon has been kept frozen at 0°F undisturbed will keep safe indefinitely.

Whole watermelons should last about the same period when frozen constantly. 

How long do watermelons last in cold storage? 

Cold storage is better for watermelons because it helps them to be more refreshing and it keeps their flesh from drying out and becoming fibrous. 

Refrigerating sliced watermelon should keep it for 2-3 days, while for the whole it should be 2-3 weeks. 

Watermelons last in a colder (frozen state) for about a year or more.

Best way to store watermelons

The best way to store watermelons depends on your need for them and the state of the watermelon. Room temperature is best for immediate consumption while storing in the fridge can delay consumption for about two to three weeks, and freezing can preserve watermelons for a year. For sliced watermelon, the fridge or better still freezer is a good alternative. And if you buy a whole watermelon from the store’s fridge, you should continue to keep it refrigerated till you’re ready to use it.

The overall best way to store a watermelon would be in cold/ cool temperatures to moisten the flesh and aid its refreshing effect.


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