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FOOD STORAGE — HOW LONG CAN YOU KEEP...

WATERMELON — FRESH, RAW, WHOLE

Pantry Refrigerator
Blue Arrow Green Arrow 7-10 days
RefrigeratorRefrigerator
Blue Arrow Blue Arrow 2 weeks
Freezer Freezer
Blue Arrow Blue Arrow 10-12 months
Tips
  • How long does watermelon last? The precise answer to that question depends to a large extent on storage conditions — after purchasing, keep whole watermelon in a cool, dry area.
  • How long does watermelon last at room temperature? Whole watermelon will generally keep well at room temperature for about 7 to 10 days.
  • To extend the shelf life of whole watermelon, refrigerate.
  • How long does watermelon last in the fridge? Properly stored, whole watermelon will usually keep well for about 2 weeks in the refrigerator.
  • Can you freeze watermelon? Yes, to freeze: (1) Cut watermelon melon in half and remove seeds and rind; (2) Slice or cube melon, or cut into balls; (3) Place in covered airtight containers or heavy-duty freezer bags.
  • How long does watermelon last in the freezer? Properly stored, it will maintain best quality for about 10 to 12 months, but will remain safe beyond that time.
  • The freezer time shown is for best quality only — watermelon that has been kept constantly frozen at 0° F will keep safe indefinitely.
  • How to tell if watermelon is bad or spoiled? The best way is to smell and look at the watermelon: if watermelon develops an off odor, flavor or appearance, it should be discarded; if mold appears, discard all of the watermelon.

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