Every woman wants to present for the winter holidays dishes, so begins to look for interesting recipes and get the hand. To surprise the guests, festive table can contain aromatic tropical fruits: bananas, pineapples, oranges and even strawberries, the truth about the quality of many of them even can not speak – a solid chemistry. And imagine the delight of the people, if you offer them a real sorbet of watermelon or fresh cut chunks!
Many think that this is impossible, as the watermelon season in October coming to an end, and to keep them for several months is extremely difficult. But we will teach you 10 effective ways how to save delicious berries for the winter holidays. First, we consider popular methods collected thanks to the experience of women of many generations, and then give advice on the correct choice of watermelon for long-term storage.
Autumn barbecues don't have to go to waste – collect and store house wood ash that you might want to store melons. Next, prepare a large wooden containers (box, barrel, etc.), the bottom of which is tightly hostelite a thick layer of ash. Top off with pre-selected ground watermelon, and top again sprinkle the ashes, creating a sort of "blanket" to the fetus. The barrel or box should be tightly closed and put away in a cool dark place (basement, garage, cellar, etc.). If you own your home, and you heat it with wood ash can also be used for storing watermelons and prevent the reproduction of putrefactive bacteria and mold will absorb condensation and moisture.
This method is one of the most effective, but is associated with some difficulties, because to quickly find the moss is not so simple. Another thing, if you have your own house, and the plant was chosen wet rocks or fence. In an extreme case, remember the advice for the future and collect moss in the forest in advance. So prepare a wooden box or in a deep container and make a hole in the nest and of the moss, where I carefully striped fruit. The top and sides with the remnants of plants form a cap. Remember that the moss must be well dried in advance, and not humid. Remove the container of watermelon in a cool area (e.g., cellar) and storage temperature 2-3? Turn the berry every day, re-distributing moss layer.
8. Wax or paraffin
This method has long been used by our grandparents. To begin with selected are very nice and crisp watermelon with no traces of rot or dents. Then the wax or paraffin to melt on a steam bath. Berry covered with liquid wax before until a thick "jacket" will not be about 1 cm For this you have to apply several layers. Send the fruit in a cool but not damp place (basement, cellar, garage, etc.). Turn the berries in this case is not required. Storage container is also chosen arbitrarily, as long as she was not detained condensation on its surface.
At first glance, the storage of cotton aphid culture in the water may seem extreme and impossible, however, years of practice in the absence of other means to prove the opposite. So, you will need very cold water in an amount sufficient to cover the entire fruit. You can store watermelon in the hole, a mountain river or lake (if there are any near the house). But still more common pattern of placing the berries in a wooden VAT, barrel, or box filled with water, and placing the containers in a cool place (basement). Remember that you need to maintain an adequate water level and low temperature. To completely change the water, preferably a few times a month. And in any case, do not allow it freeze that destructurizes the flesh and make the fruit unfit for consumption.
In a private apartment it is hard to get the ashes or moss, but the sand can collect in the yard in the sandbox, bring your garden or up on the coast during the holidays. Take a deep wooden container, take it to a cool area and half fill dry (important!) sand. The stem down, lay on him a berry (for multiple watermelons, it is desirable to prepare a separate container). Sprinkle top with dry sand so that the tip is not peeking. Do not allow moisture into the room. By the way, the sand in this plan can replace the dried grain, and enjoyed by our forefathers.
One of the most simple and low-cost storage methods melon culture suspension that can be implemented in the absence of access to the basement, cellar or garage. Select dense tolstokorov watermelon, tightly wrap it in a thick natural fabric (e.g. cotton). Next, place the berries in a mesh or string bag (important contact with air) and hang from the ceiling on a hook in a cool and protected dry place (it can be equipped balcony, storage). Watermelon should not touch other surfaces, and just hanging out in the air.
It is known that the clay perfectly isolates the objects or products from moisture. But initially for the preparation of viscous composition we had to put the dry raw materials with water to a thick cream. The obtained mass with the help of the construction of the brush evenly and tightly cover the watermelon in several layers, and then allowed to dry completely. The thickness of the clay layer must be at least half an inch. By the way, if clay is not found, replace it in the recipe can and alabaster. Next berry just put in cold room – can be put in wooden containers with sawdust or hung in a grid.
Here we present an example of how to freeze it, the flesh of the watermelon, so before serving, it looked appetizing and didn't lose shape. For an hour to freeze the berries the freezer turn on the maximum mode (we need to achieve a temperature of about -18-23 ° C). The fruit cut in large chunks, removing bones and skins. The obtained pulp in a single layer spread on a flat surface covered with plastic wrap (pieces should not touch). The tray put in the freezer – there for 2-4 hours dish completely freeze. Then take out, separate the pieces from the backing and place into individual packages for storage, sending back to the freezer on normal mode.
In wooden containers tightly lay a layer of dry straw (make sure there not infested parasites, fungus, not damp). Then put solid ground watermelon stalk upwards, and carefully wrap the "fur coat" of straw, including the tip. If you plan to save a few watermelons, the match between partitions of straw. Storage temperature in this case should not exceed 5ºC. Periodically inspect the watermelons for the presence of rot – the fruit can spread bacteria and mold into the next.
1. The rules of choosing the right watermelon for long-term storage
To winter billets was "like butter", you need to choose the fruit, and preferably several, so as to have at least one option for the holiday table. Watermelons all need to be completely intact – no dents, grooves, cracks and even scratches. Tolstokorov choose late-maturing varieties with stable thick pulp (for example, Volzhskiy, Dessert, Melitopol, Astrakhan, etc.). But the best kept sort of Chill, which has a distinctive spotted skin. Recommended the weight of each fruit is about 5-6 kg. the Optimum temperature for storage is 1-3 ° C, relative humidity not more than 85%. At the same cellar or other storage room should be equipped with a ventilation system.
These simple tips will help novice mistress to prepare for the holiday table, autumn berry, surprising with its sweet refreshing taste.