Cantaloupe with a Twist

North American "cantaloupes"

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Cantaloupe season has come and is slowly passing. You have probably eaten your fill of just plain cantaloupe!

So what can you do with what is left? Freeze it or dry it. Both ways work great!

If you plan on making a fruit salad and will want some pretty orange balls in it freeze as many as you think you will use and maybe a few extra. You will have a lot of funny jagged pieces left over. Freeze those pieces to add to your smoothies.

You can also just cut the cantaloupe into bite size pieces and freeze them on your cookie sheet.

Of course you can do the same with all the other melons. If you like to fill the seed cavity with berries when eating fresh melons, then use the berries and melons in a smoothie. Same ingredients, different appearance!

Believe it or not, you can extend the availability of cantaloupe by drying it. It is not available in stores but with your dehydrator you can have a good supply on hand!

It is different but our experience is anyone who likes fresh cantaloupe likes it dried.

Cut the cantaloupe in quarters or eighths and slice 1/4 inch to 3/8 inch thick and lay it on the racks. Dry.  What could be easier!

If you would like a flavor  variation use a combination of confectioners sugar and powdered ginger to sprinkle on the slices. ( I used 1/4 c sugar and 1/4 t ginger Рyou may want to taste a piece before drying. I used a strainer to hold the mix and carefully tapped it to get the mix through and onto the slices. Wondered about a salt shaker Рor what do you suggest?)

When it was dried the family was very happy to eat the cantaloupe twist out of hand!

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