DO IT: Watermelon Jerky

by
LAURYN

watermelon jerky | by the skinny confidentialwatermelon jerky | by the skinny confidentialWATERMELON JERKY GIVES ME LIFE.

Yes, yes, you know this already if you follow along on Snapchat.

Technically I think I’ve done everything you can possibly do to annoy someone with watermelon jerky…I mean using it as a bookmark, giving it to Michael for dinner, feeding it to the chihuahuas, laying it on Michael’s face when he’s sleeping…………hell, I even added it to his Cheerios the other day.

I just can’t help myself.

Basically I LOVE watermelon jerky. Michael? Not so much.

Which is why it’s so incredibly fun to screw with him every second.

My next plan is to make 20 pounds of it, wrap it up, & give him it for our wedding gift. #GOALS.

First off, the credit entirely goes to Sakara Life. The girl bosses sent me this snack & immediately I was HOOKED. Like hooked where I needed to snack on it every night.

There’s something about the texture of their jerky that just FITS WITH ME. It’s like my vibe. I don’t know.

It’s not too sweet, not too heavy, kinda chewy…& just really RIGHT.

Have you guys ever had a food that just GETS YOU?

( Oddly, this also happens to me with spicy margaritas…).

Anyway, since I’m a watermelon jerky ADDICT, I figured why not make it myself?

Sure, it’s not going to be as perfect as the Sakara Life jerky but a girl can try, right.

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Before I share the recipe, so you don’t think I’m a total psycho, let me explain the whole concept. Here’s how the girls explain their jerky: “the watermelon snack is made with just one ingredient: organic watermelon. We kept it super simple, and this stuff is pure—no added sugar, no wacky chemicals, no artificial anything. Despite its simplicity, the watermelon pieces are loaded with fiber, vitamins, minerals, & potassium that, like all of Sakara Life’s vegan-friendly products, promote beauty from the inside out. While there are now plenty of vegan jerky snacks that attempt to replicate the taste and texture of chicken and beef in cruelty-free ways, this fruity dried snack presents an entirely new alternative to traditional savory jerky snacks.”

UM PLEASE.

So I headed to the store to grab one ingredient: a giant-ass watermelon, organic of course.

Also, since The Skinny Confidential is alllllll about adding a flair-i-ty flair, I had to add a little zinger.

I grabbed fresh limes & cayenne powder.

watermelon jerky | by the skinny confidential

I haven’t told you guys BUT I got a dehydrator which I just LOVE. Usually they’re like 5 million dollars, but the one I found is $49.95, & it works FAB. I’ve been dehydrating up a storm. Old bananas? No problem, slice them & throw them in the dehydrator! Blueberries, veggies, pumpkin, coconut meat, you name it.

Why use a dehydrator? Here’s why according to this source:

♡ Save space:

Yes, the machine itself takes up room, but it shrinks food significantly, allowing you to fit a lot of  preserves into a small area. This is ideal for camping, large families, & anyone with little room and a big appetite.

♡ Make bad food obvious:

Unlike with canning, which can harbor invisible bacteria, when dried food is compromised you can easily see the mold.

♡ Create versatile results:

Not only can you dehydrate fruits, vegetables, herbs, & more, you can eat them dried or rehydrate them for anything from cobblers to pizza sauce.

watermelon jerky | by the skinny confidential

watermelon jerky | by the skinny confidential

♡ Are cost effective:

Dehydrators are not outrageously expensive and allow you to save the harvest when it’s least expensive.

♡ Create healthy food:

Dehydrated fruits and vegetables require no added sugar or salt or preservatives. Plus you get all the fibre of the whole fruit and all the minerals.

{ A full FAQ is here }.

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Ok, let’s get down to the recipe.

SPICY DIY WATERMELON JERKY:

+ a big-ass watermelon, organic
+ organic cayenne powder
+ as much lime as you want!

+ directions: add to a dehydrator. cut watermelon into 1 inch slices. Discard ends & remove rinds. After removing the rind cut slices down to about 1/4 inch thick. Lightly add cayenne powder ( I like A LOT but it’s spicy so you need just a tad ) & then place watermelon slices on dehydrator. Once it’s in dehydrator squeeze a little lime on top. Dry at 135 degrees F for 18 ( YES, 18 ) hours.
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watermelon jerky | by the skinny confidential

Ok now go make some ( or buy some! ) & tag your pictures on Instagram with #theskinnyconfidential so I can check that artwork out, k?

ALSO BE SURE TO ANNOY THE SHIT OUT OF YOUR SIGNIFICANT OTHER.

ADD IT TO HIS BOXER DRAWER!

ADD IT TO HIS BIRTHDAY GIFT!

ADD IT TO HIS WALLET!

Get creative, the options are endless really.

Next up? Need to try watermelon RADISH. UMMMMMMMMmmmm.

Off to watch House of Cards & drink some peppermint tea! See you tomorrow kitty kats ( as The Nanz would say ), lauryn x

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  1. Kris | iheartwellness.com

    Hahaha!!! I am very new to the idea of watermelon jerky, but this sounds really good!! I’ve been wanting to get a dehydrator to make fun snacks….i’m just so impatient. 18 hrs?! I’ll give it a whirl and report back!

    xxoo
    Kris

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  2. Shannon

    omg thank you for this post because I have been on such a hunt for a dehydrator (want to start making my own teas & alcohol infusions!!) & I was looking for a good one that wouldn’t break the bank! Not going to lie, I’ve been dying to try the watermelon jerky since I’ve seen your snaps… and I’m 1000000% sure my bf would have the same reaction as Michael so annoy I must! The jerky in the wallet is gold. So doing it! PS – your snaps last night for the dick pasta cracked me tf up! xx
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  3. alma

    im craving this right now!!! looks so YUM

    will go to buy a dehydrator and try this!!!

    Thanx for the post, xo

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  4. Diana

    I can’t believe how cheap that dehydrator is..YES PLEASE! I’ve been dying to try watermelon jerky from all your snaps- what a perfect, easy, healthy snack to have around the house!

    Random, but you would LOVE this seasoning called Tajin! It’s basically just ground chilis and dehydrated lime but it’s SOOOO GOOD on all fruits!

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  5. ashlin

    I literally have been wondering for the LONGEST time what the heck watermelon jerky was that you’re always putting on Michael when he’s sleeping hahah cracks me up, but seriously looks so good…I need a dehydrator now.

    XX,
    Ashlin

    http://www.onesweetheart.com

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  6. face painter bath

    What a great blog. I will be following from now on. I love watermelons, and preparing them this way would be a great idea for me when I’m working, I’m a children’s face painter in Bath and Bristol and having quick nutritious snacks like this is great. Thanks X

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  8. Jennifer

    I don’t think I would go for watermelon jerky since the hugest benefit of watermelon is all the hydration! Never say never I suppose.

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  10. Sarah

    My boyfriend was just telling me I not only need to make this for us, but a batch for him to bring into the office due to the guys mocking the idea of watermelon jerky. I’m up for the challenge!

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  15. Dottie Cesario

    what dehydrator are you using – would love to pick up an inexpensive one that i already know someone uses with success

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