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Old 06-18-2011, 11:04 PM   #21
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All I can say, is my life is pretty strange...
That is genius, pacan!

lyrics by Blind Melon, "and, All I can do, is just pour some tea for two..."

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Old 06-19-2011, 03:22 AM   #22
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it's not the amount of water in it that limits it's ability to be a good grilled food, but the amount of sugar vs. something like pineapple or peaches.

still, it can be done, if you like warmed canteloupe, lol.

however, smoked and/or dehydrated canteloupe is delicious.

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Old 06-19-2011, 04:54 AM   #23
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I keep mine in a Ziplock bag in the fridge. Try making a salad with some Parma ham and crisp greens or eating it with granola and greek yoghurt.
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Old 06-19-2011, 08:56 AM   #24
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Just pass the salt and pepper, please. We love cantaloupes 'round here. Be aware though, the very large ones you see at the produce counter are the hybrids and while they are good, they ain't as good nor as sweet as the smaller variety. At least, in our neck of the woods.
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Old 06-19-2011, 09:10 AM   #25
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I am definitely NOT from the food police, but you should wash the outside of the melon before you slice it. Some folks have gotten e. coli from the dirty rinds. Same goes for watermelon.

Also, for the best tasting cantaloupe, make sure there is no stem attached. If they had to break the stem, the melon was not ready to pick. It should have an inny where the stem came off. If you are lucky, you can find a ripe melon--it will smell good and might be just slightly soft. Don't give up hope if you can't find one that is ready--purchase your melon, and leave it on the counter at home for a couple of days, until it is fragrant (in a good way!) and very slightly soft. Melon should not be crunchy!!
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Old 06-19-2011, 09:46 AM   #26
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Ackkk! Now you tell me, Sparrowgrass.
I will wash the rind my next mellon, as this one has already been cut and some of it eaten. It *looked* clean, lol.
Actually, I won't actually wash it, I'll rinse it with water, like I do a lot of my veggies, fruits and herbs. I've never been sure if that is really doing anything or not though. Can a spray of water actually rinse off the nasties?

Yesterday I had to rummage all through the bin before I found a good bunch of cilantro. Who knows how many other people did the same before me? And then the cashier fumbled with it trying to find the code. Does a spray of water and a good shaking really do anything?
I should go look that up. I'm sure it's been talked about here.

And it was pretty good. I felt the dimple and picked one that wasn't too soft and not too hard either, because I couldn't remember what I was looking for I picked a tweener.
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Old 06-19-2011, 09:52 AM   #27
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In earlier discussions it has been suggested a dip in water with a small amount of bleach will sanitize greens and the exteriors of foods such as melons. Sounds good to me.
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Old 06-19-2011, 09:53 AM   #28
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If you enjoy the taste of the melon, wait until later in the year to find a very ripe locally grown one and make a batch of ice cream. It is fantastic!
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Old 06-19-2011, 10:04 AM   #29
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You can buy frozen cantaloupe balls. I have frozen some and used them for smoothies.
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Old 06-19-2011, 10:06 AM   #30
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I know you have a Ninja. I clean my cantaloupe and cut it in long wedges, I freeze part of it You can cut the cantaloupe frozen into 3/4 inch and place in the Ninja add 1 tablespoon sugar or Splenda and about 1 inch milk or cream .Do not fill the Ninja above the blades with cantaloupe makes about two cups and you know what is in it. and no waste when you buy a cantaloupe.


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