Thursday, July 23, 2009

Can Watermelon Rinds Be Recycled?

It's summertime and everybody loves watermelon, but after a day of eating the juicy delight all those rinds are left laying around. Other than throwing them in a composting bin, what can be done to recycle watermelon rinds? Check out these unique answers:

1. I use the skins to clean my face before tossing. It is refreshing and gives good nutrients to your skin.

2. After peeling off the green outside layer, the remaining rind can be candied or made into a spicy pickle.

3. Watermelon is a treat for the wild bunnies in our yard. They love it. The rind, the flesh whatever you leave for them will be eaten.

4. Watermelon rinds are great sauteed with onions and papers. no joke.

5. I put my watermelon skins out for the wild deer that come looking for a refreshing snack. I cut them up into bite size pieces and put them out by the water and deer block. They eat the entire shells and love them!

6. Makes a nice snack for the wildlife in the winter. Just freeze them and save them for the deer in the months when food is hard to find. (Defrost them in the fridge before you put them out!) They also like cantaloupe and honeydew skins as well.

7. The outer shell of a watermelon can be easily turned into a bowl or basket. It's great at holding fresh fruit and berries-you can carve off pieces of the rind with a spoon as you eat the fruit. It adds a whole new flavor.

8. You can always plant your watermelon seeds in the backyard to grow some more melons. Just remember that watermelons need lots of space, so be sure to plant the seeds far apart from one another (at least 6 feet apart). And make sure that the climate is warm.

9. Watermelons can be turned into ethanol. Because watermelons are made out of 10-15% Sugar, they are extremely viable candidates for alternative sources of energy fuel.