Watermelon Sorbet is an amazing way to use up any excess watermelon. It is sweet, creamy and oh-so delicious. Made with only 2 ingredients, this Dairy-Free and Gluten-Free Watermelon Sorbet is a must-make for any warm summer day.
Published August 25, 2023
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This post is all about Watermelon Sorbet. How to make Watermelon Sorbet, tools to make homemade Watermelon Sorbet, and what makes this a delicious frozen dessert perfect for a hot summer day.
Cost breakdown for this recipe
What to do with that extra half of watermelon that wasn’t used? Everyone has been in this situation, you buy the best-looking watermelon, bring it home and wash it clean. Using only half of a watermelon seems to be a frustrating and well-known occurrence.
I am not one to throw good food away. Instead of throwing it away when the weekend festivities are done, the search was on for what to do with these leftovers. The most desired thing I have wanted, since having to go Gluten-Free and Dairy-Free is to have ice cream. With the leftover watermelon, a Watermelon Sorbet was made with only 2 ingredients.
The cost of watermelon varies greatly depending on the time of year and also where you buy it from. At our local ALDI, a large watermelon cost $5.99. Some stores sell small watermelons for $2.99 upwards to $10.00.
Adding the honey brings the cost to a few pennies more, if the honey was bought in a large enough quantity. So, the cost of making this Watermelon Sorbet is actually just the cost of a 1/2 watermelon. This past weekend we were at my parents, on Legend Lake, enjoying my sister visiting from Alaska with her husband and two kids. On Suday, we enjoyed a fantastic boat ride on the lake.
Lucy pup was anxiously awaiting our amazing fire bacon on Saturday morning. If you have never cooked bacon, especially thick cut bacon, over an open fire, it is highly recommended.
Blender or Food Processor?
To be honest, with this Watermelon Sorbet recipe, both methods were attempted.
Our blender is much older than the Cuisinart Food Processor, therefore it was not as strong or able to fully make the watermelon smooth. The blender left some chunks and larger bits. And to be honest, didn’t even start to blend the chunks at all.
The Cuisinart Food Processor did an amazing job with the chopping blade to make the Sorbet smooth and free of chunks.
Wash your Watermelon
Before you cut into the watermelon rind, make sure you wash it well. Not only does washing a watermelon help remove dirt, but also pesticides that may linger on the outside. If you do not wash the outside, and cut into the rind, you then can transfer the dirt and possible pesticides to the inside of the fruit.
Washing a watermelon is easy to do, with the right tools.
By placing an over the sink colander into the basin, you keep your watermelon off of the basin of the sink.
When the watermelon is placed in the sink colander, turn on the water and use dish soap to clean the outside of your fruit, rotating it around to make sure each and every inch gets properly cleaned.
Don’t assume your watermelon is clean. Make sure you wash it well!
My favorite sink colander is this over the sink one by Makerstep. It expands over most sinks and is dishwasher safe. It is made from quality stainless steel and the sides are a rubber grip for sturdiness while in use. Click HERE to see it on Amazon, or the link below.
Ingredients for Watermelon Sorbet
6-8 Tbsp Honey
Directions for Watermelon Sorbet
1. Place a rimmed baking sheet on the countertop.
2. Lay a sheet of wax paper on the baking sheet, then set aside. The wax paper will allow the frozen watermelon to be removed very easily.
3. On a cutting board, cut the watermelon into large wedges.
4. Cut the watermelon out of the rind, then cut the wedge into 1-2-inch cubes. This Good Cook watermelon knife was bought at our local ALDI many years ago. It is the best knife to use for watermelon because it is so long. Check out a comparable one on Amazon by clicking HERE or the link below.
Don’t have a watermelon knife? No problem! Just use a long and serrated knife to cut yours.
5. Transfer the cubed watermelon onto the prepared baking sheets, so they are not touching.
6. Freeze the watermelon for 4-6 hours.
7. When frozen, remove the baking sheet from the freezer and then insert the chopping blade into a Cuisinart Food Processor.
8. Place a handful of the frozen watermelon cubes into the Cuisinart Food Processor and then add 1 Tablespoon Honey.
9. Cover the processor and then process the watermelon until it is fully blended. You may need to scrape the sides of the bowl down with a spatula.
10. Transfer the processed and smooth watermelon to a freezer-safe container, with a lid, and set aside as you process more.
11. Continue to process the rest of the watermelon, adding honey to each batch, until all of the watermelon is processed.
12. When done processing the watermelon, smooth out the top with a spatula, cover the container and place in the freezer.
13. Remove the Watermelon Sorbet from the freezer, let it rest on the countertop for 5 minutes and then serve and enjoy!
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This post was all about a 2 ingredient Watermelon Sorbet, what tools to use, how to freeze watermelon sorbet and what ingredients are included.
- Cuisinart Food Processor chopping blade
- 6-Quart Bowl
- Large Knife
- Rimmed Baking Sheets
- Wax Paper
- 1/2 Watermelon
- 4-6 Tbsp Honey
- Place a rimmed baking sheet on the countertop.
- Lay a sheet of wax paper on the baking sheet, then set aside.
- On a cutting board, cut the watermelon into large wedges.
- Cut the watermelon out of the rind, then cut the wedge into 1-2-inch cubes.
- Transfer the cubed watermelon onto the prepared baking sheets, so they are not touching.
- Freeze the watermelon for 4-6 hours.
- When frozen, remove the baking sheet from the freezer and then insert the chopping blade into a Cuisinart Food Processor.
- Place a handful of the frozen watermelon cubes into the food processor and then add 1 Tablespoon Honey.
- Cover the processor and then process the watermelon until it is fully blended. You may need to scrape the sides of the bowl down with a spatula.
- Transfer the processed and smooth watermelon to a freezer-safe container, with a lid, and set aside as you process more.
- Continue to process the rest of the watermelon, adding honey to each batch, until all of the watermelon is processed.
- When done processing the watermelon, smooth out the top with a spatula, cover the container and place in the freezer.
- Remove the Watermelon Sorbet from the freezer and then serve and enjoy!
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