As we close in on the last days of summer, there was a product that reminded me of summer on a recent trip to Albany. And what road trip wouldn't be complete without a trip to Trader Joe's? When your travel is restricted, you make the best of it.
One of the things that do fascinate me is how some products hit shelves in certain areas and how some items are never found in other locations. Trader Joe's Organic Watermelon Jerky is one of those items I've never seen near me in Westchester but was plentiful in the Colonie, NY store. Go figure.
Curiosity got the best of me, so naturally, a bag went into my cart. And for you loyal readers, you know I've already put up my own dehydrated watermelon recipe on the blog if you are ever curious about how to make this or if you find you have a lot of leftover watermelons.
But in this bag are tortilla chip thin slices of dehydrated watermelon. Calling it jerky is pushing it in my mind as when I think of jerky I tend to also think of all the spices and marinates that come along with it.
But each bite is a bit crisp and very sweet. All-natural sweetness as much of the moisture has been removed leaving behind a more concentrated bite of watermelon.
Now, one thing I wasn't wild about was the seeds here. They detracted from the texture. Perhaps if they had used a seedless watermelon this would have been more enjoyable.
But regardless, if you are a fan of dehydrated fruit and you like the taste of watermelon at the most concentrated level, then this is a product for you. However, if you love this product then be aware that is it is only seasonally available during the summer months.
Now, this is probably not going to be a universally loved product. This will have a niche of people who really enjoy this as the texture is so vastly different from its natural state.
For $3.69 it is a time saver if nothing else.
Would I buy this again? For me, Trader Joe's Organic Watermelon Jerky is a one-time buy. I liked making it at home better. Plus the seeds were a real turn-off for me.
Did you try it? Let me know what you think in the comments section!
The visual rundown
The bag of Trader Joe's Organic Watermelon Jerky:
The nutritional information and the ingredient
Out of the package you get:
And how does my recipe compare to what comes out of the bag? Here is the comparison. A bit more naturally hued with far less seeds. You can check out the recipe here:
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Trader Joe's Organic Watermelon Jerky
Product Name: Trader Joe's Organic Watermelon Jerky
Product Description: Trader Joe's Organic Watermelon Jerky is a seasonal sweet snack.
Trader Joe's Organic Watermelon Jerky is a summer seasonal snack.
- Sweet and concentrated watermelon flavor.
- Made with a single ingredient.
- This product is inclined to stick together in one big clump.
I absolutely hate fresh watermelon cannot stand the smell! But ironically I like watermelon candies and watermelon ice cream from Baskin Robbins. I think this might be good for infusing teas or drinks.
Tried the Traders Joe's version. I was satisfied with the taste. I'm am sure home made version would be much better. Homemade version would also be more economical! The price of the Trader Joe's version 2 Oz for $3.69 you can buy a whole watermelon and produce A LOT more bang for your buck. I always dry mango during the summer for later snacking which are a 100 times better than store bought. I have never thought about watermelon until I tried the trader Joe's version. I can thank Trader Joe's for the idea, but I will be making it from here on out. If you have the tools and time to dehydrate I wouldn't waste money on the store bought
Thanks for sharing Ty!