How to Preserve Cantaloupe and 10 Ways to Use Frozen Cantaloupe

How to Preserve Cantaloupe

Summer’s abundance is truly a gift, and there’s no better way to embrace it than by preserving the flavors of the season. Join us in the #everybitcountschallenge with YouTube’s Three Rivers Homestead as we learn how to preserve cantaloupe chunks for future smoothies. Let’s dive into the world of preserving and unlocking the magic of summer’s bountiful cantaloupe!

When it comes to preserving fruits, every bit truly counts. We embarked on the #everybitcountschallenge, determined to make the most of our ripe cantaloupes. These juicy, sun-kissed fruits were begging to be transformed into a refreshing treat that would be savored long after their fleeting season.

How to Preserve Cantaloupe in 4 Simple Steps 

1. Slice and scoop. 

2. Bag the chunks. 

3. Remove as much air from the bag as possible. 

4. Freeze until you’re ready to puree for smoothies! 

Why Should You Learn How to Preserve Cantaloupe?

You can get awesome prices on cantaloupe in season. We have lots of awesome produce auctions and local farmers in our area, and we could grow them in our garden. They are full of nutrients, and they are totally worth learning how to preserve to enjoy all year long!

Beyond its delicious taste, cantaloupe packs a nutritional punch that makes it a wholesome addition to your diet. Rich in vitamins A and C, cantaloupe supports immune health and skin rejuvenation. Moreover, it is a low-calorie fruit with high water content, making it a hydrating option, especially during hot summer days.

Cantaloupe is also a good source of potassium, which plays a vital role in maintaining healthy blood pressure levels and supporting heart health. The fiber content aids in digestion, and the presence of antioxidants helps combat free radicals, contributing to overall well-being.

How to Preserve Cantaloupe: Freshly harvested cantaloupe packed in bags, ready for freezing to preserve their sweet summer flavors. These bags of juicy cantaloupe will be stored in the freezer, ensuring a delicious taste of summer all year round.

You learned how to preserve cantaloupe, so here's 10 Ways to Use Frozen Cantaloupe in Smoothies

Once you learn how to preserve cantaloupe, what should you do with it? 

The frozen cantaloupe can be pureed and opens up a world of possibilities when it comes to crafting delectable smoothies. The possibilities are seriously ENDLESS! We love our Vitamix for making smoothies! Just dump all the ingredients into your blender, and blend until smooth!

1. Cantaloupe Mango:
– 1 cup frozen cantaloupe chunks
– 1 cup frozen mango chunks
– 1/2 cup yogurt
– 1/2 cup orange juice
– 1 tablespoon honey (optional, for added sweetness)

2. Cantaloupe Berry:
– 1 cup frozen cantaloupe chunks
– 1/2 cup frozen mixed berries (strawberries, blueberries, raspberries)
– 1/2 cup water
– 1 tablespoon chia seeds (optional, for added nutrition)
– 1 teaspoon lime juice

3. Tropical Cantaloupe:
– 1 cup frozen cantaloupe chunks
– 1/2 cup frozen pineapple chunks
– 1/2 cup frozen banana slices
– 1/2 cup milk
– 1/4 cup orange juice
– 1 tablespoon shredded coconut (optional, for garnish)

4. Cantaloupe with Greens:
– 1 cup frozen cantaloupe chunks
– 1 cup fresh spinach leaves
– 1 frozen banana
– 1/2 cup milk
– 1 tablespoon almond butter
– 1 tablespoon chia seeds (optional, for added nutrition)

5. Cantaloupe Pineapple Mint:
– 1 cup frozen cantaloupe chunks
– 1/2 cup frozen pineapple chunks
– 1/4 cup fresh mint leaves
– 1 cup water
– 1 teaspoon lime juice

6. Cantaloupe Peach:
– 1 cup frozen cantaloupe chunks
– 1/2 cup frozen peach slices
– 1/2 cup orange juice
– 1/2 cup yogurt
– 1 tablespoon honey (optional, for added sweetness)

7. Cantaloupe Banana Date:
– 1 cup frozen cantaloupe chunks
– 1 frozen banana
– 2-3 pitted dates
– 1/2 cup milk 
– 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon

8. Cantaloupe Coconut Lime:
– 1 cup frozen cantaloupe chunks
– 1/2 cup coconut milk
– 1/2 cup fresh lime juice
– 1 tablespoon agave syrup or honey (optional, for added sweetness)
– Ice cubes (optional, for a frosty texture)

9. Cantaloupe Blueberry Bliss:
– 1 cup frozen cantaloupe chunks
– 1/2 cup frozen blueberries
– 1/2 cup milk
– 1 tablespoon almond butter
– 1 tablespoon flaxseed meal (optional, for added nutrition)

10. Cantaloupe Mint Lemonade:
– 1 cup frozen cantaloupe chunks
– 1/2 cup fresh lemon juice
– 1/4 cup fresh mint leaves
– 1 cup water
– 1 tablespoon maple syrup or honey (optional, for added sweetness)

With these ten delightful smoothie recipes, you’ll have a variety of options to enjoy the frozen goodness of cantaloupe throughout the year. Learning how to preserve cantaloupe is totally worth it when you make these yummy treats! Cheers to a summer full of smoothie bliss! 🍈🍹

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