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PostSubject: Freezing Cantaloupe?   Sat Aug 27, 2011 8:51 pm

I was on my way to my parents' house to pick up the taffy they bought for me in Estes Park, CO (yeah, I'm bragging...best taffy ever - we get it every time we go and I was not about to miss out on the taffy just because I couldn't go on the trip!) and I stopped at the store. My gliders had gone a few days without their favorite fruit, cantaloupe, so I decided to pick one up. When I got to my parents', it turns out they had bought me a cantaloupe (for my gliders as they know I hate it.). So, now I have two whole cantaloupes and don't want either to go bad - nor do I want my gliders to get sick of it by being fed no fruit but cantaloupe for the next week. I was thinking of cutting them both up into big chunks and freezing half to be taken out in a week or so. Would this work? Do you think I can cut them up into big chunks and stick them in a container and freeze them that way and then take them out of the freezer a few hours before I feed? Would that previously frozen cantaloupe be okay in the fridge for a few days or should I keep it in the freezer? Any help would be much appreciated.
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PostSubject: Re: Freezing Cantaloupe?   Sat Aug 27, 2011 9:29 pm

Yep that will work.

I cut it up in serving size pieces and put it in a single layer on wax paper on a cookie sheet. When it is frozen, pop it off the wax paper and put it in a zip lock bag. You can then just get out as many pieces as you need for the night and serve. I do papaya and honeydew the same way.
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PostSubject: Re: Freezing Cantaloupe?   Sat Aug 27, 2011 9:46 pm

Thanks, Candy! I don't know if my freezer is big enough for a cookie sheet, but I'll try. How long does it take to freeze that way? How long till I can pop it off and stick it in a ziplock? Do you cover it on the cookie sheet, too? Will it get freezer burn sitting there?
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PostSubject: Re: Freezing Cantaloupe?   Sat Aug 27, 2011 9:58 pm

Brenda, I cut it up into glider size peices and just freeze it in a icecream tub. I use a knife to get it apart and put it in their dishes frozen. They love it. Melon pops.
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PostSubject: Re: Freezing Cantaloupe?   Sat Aug 27, 2011 10:22 pm

Thanks, Kimberley! I may try that if I can't get a cookie sheet in my freezer...lol.
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PostSubject: Re: Freezing Cantaloupe?   Sun Aug 28, 2011 2:07 am

I have also chopped it up with a hand chopper and froze it in mini tupperware containers.

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PostSubject: Re: Freezing Cantaloupe?   Sun Aug 28, 2011 6:20 am

I bought 5 cantaloupe the other day because they were $1.00 each. They will go into freezer. Will buy more if I can get out to the store after storm. Smoothies freeze well also with lots of fruit if you get it cheap enough.
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PostSubject: Re: Freezing Cantaloupe?   Sun Aug 28, 2011 6:48 am

I was going to say, I've blended my cantaloupe in the blender and used it as a 'liquid' base for other fruit/veggie relishes. This works well for cantaloupe, honeydew, and papaya.
My gliders are picky. They don't like their cantaloupe or honeydew once frozen unless I make it the relish base. Maybe it has something to do with the cell structure breakdown once frozen/thawed. scratch
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PostSubject: Re: Freezing Cantaloupe?   Sun Aug 28, 2011 11:51 am

Brenda, I cut mine up and freeze them on top of the lids of the food that's already in there. It only takes about 2 hours for them to be frozen. Then just pop in a bag or bowl for later. You can do them in batches. I freeze both cantaloupe and honeydew. Sometimes watermelon, but that gets messy when it thaws.

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PostSubject: Re: Freezing Cantaloupe?   Sun Aug 28, 2011 12:52 pm

Yes, it does not take long to freeze hard enough that the pieces stay separate when you put it in the ziplock. You can use any flat surface to hold the wax paper while it freezes.
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PostSubject: Re: Freezing Cantaloupe?   Sun Aug 28, 2011 8:45 pm

Thank you guys so much! We'll see how they like it in a week or so - worse case scenario, I buy some other fruits and make it into a smoothie.
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