How to Dehydrate Watermelon

Learn how to turn this iconic summer fruit into snacks that last all year long!

There's no comparison to the flavor that a fresh, late-summer watermelon provides. If you've ever wanted to enjoy that flavor all year long, this watermelon jerky recipe is for you! When you dehydrate it, the flavor and sweetness get so concentrated, you'll think you're eating watermelon candy but it's really a healthy snack. Give it a try today!

I choose my watermelon by turning it over to see if it has a flat, yellow spot on the bottom. If it has a yellow spot, this means it was ripened in the field and is ready to eat. If it doesn't, I keep looking!

Wash the outside of the watermelon thoroughly. Melons are notorious for harboring listeria. Even though you won't be eating the watermelon rind, the bacteria can be transferred from your knife to the edible part of the fruit when you cut it.

Cut the ends off of the watermelon to make a flat surface.

Set the watermelon on one of the cut ends. Cut strips of rind off the watermelon by starting from the top cut end.

Keep going until all the rind has been removed.

Cut the watermelon in half lengthwise.

Cut watermelon into thin strips ⅛"-¼" thick.

Then cut slices into rectangles about 1 ½" wide and 4" long. The shape and size are less important than the thickness. Thick pieces will take longer to dehydrate. Remove any black seeds.

Arrange watermelon slices in a single layer with a little space in between slices to help speed up the dehydration process.  Set the dehydrator to the "fruit" setting, usually 135-145 degrees F. Dehydrate for 24-30 hours.

Store dried watermelon in zippered bags in the freezer to keep it fresh and enjoy that fresh watermelon taste all winter long.