|Bowl, Spatula, Mesh Strainer, Container for Juice, Knife, Cutting Board|
Now it was tricky at 1st to get the batch going. This was just 2 of the 8 quarters and yes I could have cut them smaller but I was just ready for some juice. I added the most minuscule amount of water to get it going and from there it was a breeze. After this 1st batch I used the juice to "water" down my other batches. After the watermelon is pureed and all chunks are blended down you pour your mix through the mesh strainer into the bowl.
With your spatula work the juice through the strainer and stir just to keep the flesh from sticking to the bottom of the strainer! After a few minutes you'll see your strainer contains just some fleshy paste-like pulp as this picture shows you-->
Now you can place your juice from the bowl into the container of your choice. From here just continue to blend the rest of your watermelon and use the juice to get the blending started! From start to finish it took me about 30 minutes and that included the clean up! Now because I am not one to want to waste a good thing, especially food, I saved the pulp and pureed it some more with the fruits that I was using to make fruit leather with that day as well. It turned out wonderfully and you would have never know I used watermelon pulp in the roll ups!
|It's still juicy meaning I could have worked it more, but I was ready for some juice!|
Here is the official picture of the juice from a medium sized watermelon! It was delicious and nutritious and I can't wait to make more!
Here are some health benefits of the big H2OMeloN:
- Rich in electrolytes and water content, melons are nature’s gift to beat tropical summer thirst.
- Watermelons are very low in calories (just 30 cal per 100 g) and fats yet very rich source of numerous health promoting phyto-nutrients and anti-oxidants that are essential for optimum health.
- Watermelon is an excellent source of Vitamin-A, which is a powerful natural anti-oxidant. It is essential for vision and immunity. Vitamin-A is also required for maintaining healthy mucus membranes and skin. Consumption of natural fruits rich in vitamin-A is known to protect from lung and oral cavity cancers.
- It is also rich in anti-oxidant flavonoids like lycopene, beta-carotene, lutein, zeaxanthin and cryptoxanthin. These antioxidants are found to be protective against colon, prostate, breast, endometrial, lung, and pancreatic cancers. Phyto-chemicals present in watermelon like Lycopene (4532 mcg/100 g) and carotenoids have the ability to help protect cells and other structures in the body from oxygen free radicals. Studies have also shown that lycopene protects skin damage from UV rays and from prostate cancer.
- Watermelon fruit is a good source of potassium; Potassium is an important component of cell and body fluids that helps controlling heart rate and blood pressure; thus offers protection against stroke and coronary heart diseases.
- It also contains good amount of vitamin-B6 (pyridoxine), thiamin (vitamin B-1), vitamin-C and manganese. Consumption of foods rich in vitamin-C helps body develop resistance against infectious agents and scavenge harmful oxygen free radicals. Manganese is used by the body as a co-factor for the antioxidant enzyme superoxide dismutase.