With summer comes expected flavors and colors, especially those of a watermelon. Some summers though, you may be wondering what you can do with all of those bright green melons taking over the vines in your backyard garden.
The best part about making watermelon candy, is that you'll have a healthy snack on hand that takes very little effort to make.
The small sugar baby watermelons are very sweet and make the perfect candidate for this dehydrating project, but any variety and size will do just fine.
If you're using a "seedless" variety", there's no need to trim out the seeds. They'll be fine left in.
Start by slicing your watermelon into chunks about 1/2 inch thick, and 2 inches long.
Place them on your dehydrating trays, making sure they aren't touching one another. This will help them from sticking to each other during the dehydrating process and also allows them to dehydrate faster.
Turn your dehydrator on, and let run for anywhere between 8-12 hours, depending on the type of dehydrator you're working with.
Check every hour or two until the watermelon pieces look something like this. They should almost resemble a thick "fruit leather". Turn off your dehydrator, and let cool. Remove the pieces from the trays and store in an air-tight container with an oxygen absorber if you have them available. They will stay fresh for months, ...if they last that long!