Watermelon Granita

Friday, August 12, 2011

Let's just be honest, I don't like watermelon.  Like most things, I don't like it because of the texture.  Grainy, slippery, weird.  But, I do enjoy the flavor of watermelon.  Especially the watermelon Laffy Taffys that I used to get at the baseball park where my brother played.  Yep, if you ran out to get the home run or foul ball, your reward at the concession stand was a Laffy Taffy.  Solid deal.  

Anyway, we had tons of left over watermelon that my sweet sister (in-law) brought over for moving day.  I wasn't sure exactly what to do with it since I don't like the texture and Mr. Schwartz wasn't gobbling it down fast enough.  So I found this recipe on the Pioneer Woman's website.  Needless to say, I was intrigued. I gave it a shot and it was quite tasty!  

Here is is! Watermelon Granita from the lady who doesn't like watermelon.  

Musical Selection: Iko Iko by The Dixie Cups.  Great little Friday summer tune.  

Star by slicing your watermelon then cutting it into chunks.  Mine came pre-sliced by my seester.
Pop it into a blender.....
And give it a whirl....
Okay, so this is the first time my and the Pioneer Woman's recipes differ....since I don't like the texture, I figured why not strain it to get rid of it....so I did.  You don't have to strain it if you don't want to.  
I also strayed from the original recipe and used lemon instead of lime. Annnnd lastly, I didn't use any sugar.  I didn't think it needed it.
Strain it baby....I used a spoon to help push through more juice and speed up this process.
Such pretty, pink juice!
Next, pour the juice into a baking dish.  Pioneer Woman says to use a 9x13.  That would probably be a good plan.  Mine took a while to freeze....
Pop it into the freezer.
It will come out like this...all frozen solid.  The task is then to break it up by scraping it.  Until it looks like....
This.  Do this every hour or so until it is all completely crystalized.
Can you tell this took a while..the lighting has changed haha.
Such an easy and tasty summer treat!!!

I will definately be making these again, probably with another fruit that I can't stand the texture of....strawberries?  Blueberries!?  We shall see....

Watermelon Granita

3 ups of cubed watermelon
Juice of 1 lemon

Place cubed watermelon into blender and blend until smooth.

Pour into a strainer over a large bowl.  Juice your lemon into the strainer and let strain until no juice remains.  **tip** Use a spoon to aid in this process by stirring the juice and pulp.

Pour the strained juice into a 9x13 pan and put into the freezer for an hour.  After one hour passes, scrape the juice that has now frozen.  Return to freezer and repeat every hour until all of the juice has frozen/crystalized.

Serve in pretty dishes.


Adapted from: here


  1. I am the same way! I hate the texture of watermelon. I recently found a watermelon salsa recipe that is DELICIOUS! If you want it let me know, it's great for over baked fish filets. It's nice and sweet and fresh tasting.

  2. YUM! Send it over...feel free to facebook message it to me! ps. I didn't know you were blogging!! I signed up to follow you : )


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