Watermelon Jerky

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Introduction: Watermelon Jerky

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Ever wonder what dehydrated watermelon is like? Watermelon jerky is a great way to experience a condensed watermelon flavor, and is a great healthy snack!

For this recipe I used:

Yup, thats it! This snack is super sweet, and treat that disappears quickly!

Step 1: Tools Needed!

For this instructable I used the following kitchen tools:

Step 2: Cut the Watermelon

Everyone has a different approach to slicing a watermelon. I like to cut off one of the ends and then stand it up on its end, and start quartering the melon.

I cut it in half, then those halves in half - then make 1" slices.

The small pieces can get a little toasted in the dehydrator, so you may need to discard your ends.


Step 3: Remove the Rind, Put on the Trays.

Take the rind of with a nice paring knife, and then use the chopping knife to get slices down to about 1/4" thick.

After they were on the trays, I decided to salt about 1/2 of the the watermelon I sliced up. Salted watermelon was one of my favorite treats as a kid, and I wanted to see what it would taste like once it turned into jerky.


Step 4: Put in the Dehydrator

Each dehydrator is different. I used an Excalibur Dehydrator Model D900SHD, it has 9 trays, and is wicked awesome. I set it to dehydrate the Watermelon for 18 hours at 135ºF.


Try and time it so you can get a good nap in, and dream of great watermelon flavor.


Step 5: Remove and Serve!

The watermelon is ready to be removed from the trays if they separate without sticking. If you have some that are still sticking to the trays, let them go for another few hours.

I separated the melon I had salted, from the sweet stuff - and put it to a taste test. The results came back 50/50 as to which one was better. I liked the salted melon a lot, because the unsalted melon was a bit too sweet.

Experiment with your own flavors, like chile and lime juice! Yum!!!

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    Wow, it indeed looks very flesh-like in dehydrated from!
    I too would be interested in a version for the oven. Anyone got any experience? I imagine something like 18 hours at 135ºF would work in a normal oven as well.

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    Our oven, even when on 'warm' is still closer to 200 degrees. The other challenge you might run into is I don't think that the oven is going to a dry enough environment. I don't have a dehydrator and would love to be wrong on this one.

    Oven is fine just prop the door open @ the lowest setting. I've even attached a small fan to blow into the crack of the oven but not necessary.

    mite long as temp 135 and oven has a fan its the fan that is doing the job more than heat.

    I wonder if a car dashboard parked in the sun would not serve as a dehydrator for this?

    Watermelon is 90 percent water.

    i would love to know how to do this without a dehydrator. Any tips?

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    use your oven put it on just warm and it should get to the 135 degrees and then just keep checking on it. the tray maybe some kind of a screen type of tray

    An oven at it's lowest temp (usually the "Warm" setting, which is usually about 170) may do the trick.

    Crack open the oven to reduce the temperature a bit (depending on it's control system) but moreover to allow moisture to escape.

    also check out "alton brown food dehydrator" on google.

    I have been wondering whether this would work – and it does!

    I bet, brushed with a combo of soy/rice vinager/garlic/sesame oil this would taste a LOT like beef jerky

    I have only recently brought a dehydrator, (for some reason they are not as popular over here in the UK) and have been trying out all sorts of fruit, I didn’t consider watermelon due to the amount of moisture it holds, I will be giving this ago over the weekend now :)

    I like this idea. I've always enjoy dried fruit. I'm gonna give it a try. Thanks for posting.

    Is it possible with an oven? Or do you need a dehydrator?

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    I have since tried this with my oven, and it didnt work. :( I think it is because I have a gas oven - maybe try it with an electric one.

    Love those trays for your Excaliber - I have the plastic ones but like the ones you have much better!


    Ovens will work for those who don't have a dehydrator but leave the door open a bit so the temp stays low. For the round machines you need to move the trays a lot. Air movement included with heat helps the jerky dry better.

    Will try this very soon. TY!

    Awesome recipe. I didn't think I would be able to do watermelon, since there is so much water. Worked perfectly, though. The only different thing I did was after cutting the wedges, I cut those in half as well. This way I ended up with "more" pieces. Excellent taste. Thank you for sharing :)

    I joked with my daughter recently that I was going to dry watermelon while I was making fruit leather. I am so glad you posted this because I now know it is possible! I'm also going to try muskmelon because they are coming into season where I live. THANK YOU, THANK YOU for this great Instructibles.

    Is that parchment paper you have them on? Good job on the site, very funny "videos"!