How Long Is Cut Watermelon Good For
Watermelon is one of the most refreshing summer fruits. It’s also a healthy snack and contains a lot of water. The only problem with cut watermelon is that it goes bad quickly. To make sure you’re getting the most out of your melon and not wasting any delicious fruit, follow these guidelines for storing and eating it:
Cut Watermelon Can Be Worse Than No Watermelon
Watermelon is a delicious and hydrating fruit, but if it’s cut before its time, it’s susceptible to spoiling much faster. Let’s take a look at some of the reasons why.
- It’s exposed to more bacteria.
Cut watermelons are exposed to more air, which means that bacteria can grow more readily on the surface of the melon than when you eat it whole. Bacteria thrive in warm temperatures and moist environments; this combination makes cut watermelons even more likely to spoil than whole ones that have been kept cool and dry.
Refrigerating Your Melon Keeps It Fresh Longer
The best way to keep your watermelon fresh is through refrigeration. This will prevent it from spoiling as quickly, or at all if you’re lucky enough.
Refrigeration slows down the growth of bacteria, which will help keep your melon tasting good for days rather than hours. Keep the cut side down, choose a container with good air circulation and keep it away from other foods that may spoil quickly (like dairy).
How to Tell If Your Cut Watermelon Is Bad
You can tell if your cut watermelon is bad by checking for mold, discoloration, soft spots, a bad smell and taste, or a bad texture. Mold is the most obvious sign of spoilage because it will be visible on the surface of your fruit. Discoloration is another good indicator that something’s amiss with your watermelon: if it begins to turn brownish or yellowish in color (or any other color), that means it’s starting to go bad. But even if you don’t see any discoloration yet but your fruit still smells like ammonia or vinegar when you slice into it—or tastes musty—then there’s still reason for concern. Similarly, if after cutting into your cut watermelon you find some areas are soft and squishy rather than firm but yielding under pressure as they should be in an unspoiled piece of fruit; if there are small holes in the skin around those areas (called “crownings”); or if their flesh has begun turning translucent instead of white or yellowish green like normal; then all these signs point to spoiling food inside those affected parts too!
So how long after purchasing does this happen?
Refrigerate your cut watermelon for maximum freshness.
- Refrigeration slows the growth of bacteria and mold.
- Refrigeration slows the growth of yeast.
- Refrigeration slows the growth of mites.
- Refrigeration slows the growth of insects.
- Refrigeration slows the growth of rats
I hope that you’ve learned something about how long cut watermelon is good for, and the best ways to store it. As always, the most important thing is to eat your watermelon! If you have any tips or tricks for preserving fruit or vegetables, please share them in the comments below.