Watermelon Rinds Can Make Biogas

Watermelon is a fruit that will forever be associated with summer. There is no better way to cool off from the heat than with the juicy, refreshing and sweet fruit!

We all know how to consume the watermelon’s pink flesh—you can eat it as is, put it in a smoothie, add it to salad—but do you know how to make use of the rind? The rind is the firm white part of the fruit that is left when the pink part is sliced away. It is much more than a scrap that should be disposed of; It has many uses!

 
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Create biogas from your watermelon rinds

Although we compiled a list of ways to transform your watermelon rind, we think that making biogas from it is the coolest and most beneficial! True, the rind can’t be consumed raw by humans, but it can be fed in its raw form into the HomeBiogas system, no problem. The HomBiogas system will take the rinds and all other food waste and convert it into gas for cooking. Picture turning food waste—something that previously had no value to you—and turning it into energy.

 
Watermelon Rinds to Cooking Gas
 

Here is where you can learn more about how rind become gas: https://homebiogas.com/

 
Before your HomeBiogas system arrives, you can make use of your watermelon rind in the following ways:

 

  1. Pickled Rind

Pickling takes a few days. The rind must have time to marinate in the liquid to develop the tangy pickled flavor. You can use pickled rind as a condiment for other dishes, or you can add it to your salads. Remember to remove the green peel before pickling.

Pickled Rind
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2. Chutney Rind

With the outer green peel removed, the white rind can be diced into small cubes and used to make a flavorful chutney. This sweet and tangy chutney can be used to complement to a spicy curry or can be served on top of chicken or alongside grilled fish.

 
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  1. Gazpacho Rind

    Blend the white watermelon rind in a food processor until the puree is smooth. Add in other vegetables if you chose. If you place in the fridge for an hour, you will be able to serve a cool summer gazpacho. 

     
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4. Candy Rind

Turn the leftovers of this juicy fruit into candied watermelon rind. Candy rind resembles Sour Patch Kids, but is much healthier. Small pieces are sprinkled with powdered sugar and are a nice alternative snack for children.

 
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