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Sweet Dehydrated Watermelon Jerky - No Sugar Added

Dehydrated Watermelon is one of the best dried fruits. It is sweet and a little chewy, with the texture of watermelon jerky and the taste of watermelon candy.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time8 hrs
Total Time8 hrs 5 mins
Course: Snack
Cuisine: American, Southern
Keyword: dehydrated watermelon, dried watermelon, watermelon jerky
Servings: 24 handfuls
Calories: 56kcal

Ingredients

  • 1 ripe watermelon seedless recommended

Optional

Instructions

  • You can cut the watermelon up however you find to be the easiest - I like to cut it in half and then from there into quarters. (I like to put a layer of dish towels under my cutting board because watermelon juice makes a huge, sticky mess.)
    A watermelon cut in half on a white cutting board.
  • After slicing the watermelon into quarters, slice the skin and rind off in chunks.
    A quarter of a watermelon with the skin being cut off.
  • Try to get as much of the rind off as possible.
    A quarter of a watermelon on a white cutting board without the skin.
  • Now, slice the watermelon into ¼ - ½ inch thick slices.
    Thick slices of watermelon on a white cutting board.
  • Then slice those slices in half.
    Large cut up slices of watermelon on a white cutting board.
  • And then cut them in half one last time.
    Cut up slices of watermelon on a white cutting board.
  • Line the trays of your dehydrator with the watermelon chunks.
    A dehydrator with slices of watermelon in it before dehydrating.
  • Cover the dehydrator and let it do all the work. It has a lot of water in it (water-melon...) so it will take time to dry out.
    On a dehydrator without a temperature setting, it will take 8 - 12 hours. If you can set the temperature of your dehydrator, set it to 135°F for 18 - 24 hours. (It will take longer but the watermelon tastes sweeter and has a better flavor if it dries slower.)
    a dehydrator with watermelon drying in it and the cover on.
  • If you check on the watermelon throughout the dehydration process, there will be three main stages: still normal watermelon, then dried out and a little puffy...
    a dehydrator with slices of partially dried watermelon in it.
  • And finally, ready to eat - its chewy but snaps if you bend it. 
    a dehydrator with slices of dried watermelon in it.

Notes

Serving Size/Eating
You can eat a lot of dried watermelon really easily and not realize it and end up with a pretty upset stomach - so just be cautious!
Storage
Store dried watermelon in a glass mason jar, ideally with a desiccant packet. The packet will absorb extra moisture so that the watermelon jerky stays perfectly fresh.
Tips
  • Watermelon jerky is also really good with a sprinkle of Tajin Seasoning on top (Chili Lime Watermelon Jerky!) Add the Tajin after a few hours of cooking so that it stays near the outside of the watermelon as it dries and you can really taste it.
  • I recommend storing dried fruit in glass containers as opposed to plastic so that it does not absorb the taste of the plastic.
Frequently Asked Questions
What can you do with watermelon rind?
You can make candied watermelon rind, watermelon rind pickles, and watermelon rind preserves. Watermelon pickles and candied rind in small amounts are pretty good - they are not everyone's cup of tea though.
Can you dehydrate watermelon in the oven?
You can - it will just take a LONG time. Set your oven to the lowest setting (200°F or lower if possible) and dehydrate for 10 - 12 hours, flipping the watermelon over halfway through.
How do you know if a watermelon is ripe?
When a watermelon is ripe it will have a yellow patch on the bottom. It will also seem pretty heavy for its size (full of water!) but also sound like a drum if you tap on it. (You want a hollow thunk sound instead of a shallow tap/knock.)

Nutrition

Serving: 1slice | Calories: 56kcal | Carbohydrates: 14g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 2mg | Potassium: 210mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 12g | Vitamin A: 1067IU | Vitamin C: 15mg | Calcium: 13mg | Iron: 1mg