Our summer schedule gets a little crazy with early mornings (Junior Lifeguard program) and late nights (movies and fun with friends). Thanks to Netflix, we can have our TV or movie entertainment anytime. So what we need is a good healthy “anytime” snack to go with our “anytime” schedule, and that means watermelon bacon.
Watermelon…bacon?!?!? Yes – That’s dehydrated and spiced watermelon, cooked low and slow until crispy. It’s a purely vegan snack that tastes kind of like a salty/spicy fruit leather, or possibly fruit jerky.
Now we’re not saying that anyone needs to be sprawled out in front of the TV eating food all day, but once the kids have exhausted themselves with a day of camp, swimming, sports, coding, beach time, music lessons, and summer school, we’re fine if they just want to chillax with a dose of Netflix and a reasonably healthy snack.
The beauty of Netflix is that it basically changed the way we watched TV by letting us choose any show, any time. Here’s a fascinating breakdown of viewing habits throughout the day, from a recent Netflix survey using six months of streaming data for 77 million viewers around the world:
- Around 6:00 a.m., members are 34% more likely to watch comedy compared to the rest of the day;
- Drama accounts for nearly half (47%) of viewing between noon and 2PM (an increase of 5% compared to the rest of the day);
- Thrillers show a 27% increase starting at 9:00 p.m.;
- Comedies return to the most-watched shows by 11:00 p.m.;
- Documentaries see a 24% increase in viewing after midnight.
Now if you’re watching TV at “anytime” throughout the day – especially documentaries after midnight – you probably don’t want to be chowing down on ice cream and french fries. Again, that’s where the watermelon bacon comes in.
- 10 to 12 strips watermelon cut to ¼ inch width
- Juice of one lime
- Sea salt to taste
- Kosher pepper to taste
- Paprika to taste
- Cut watermelon into long strips that are ¼ inch wide. Lay the strips out on a parchment paper-covered baking sheet. Drizzle with lime juice and sprinkle with a light dusting of sea salt, pepper, and paprika to taste. Bake at 175 degrees for 8 hours. Watermelon slice should be thin and crispy. Store in an airtight container.
This is one of those recipes that involves a little planning ahead, because once you have the inspiration, it’ll be at least 8 hours before you have the finished product. But if you remember to start making it at, say, noon, you might just have some tasty “bacon” on your hands by 8:00. Make sure to store it in an airtight container so it stays dehydrated (We left one batch out in the humid air and it got a little soggy). But then again, that’s assuming you’ll have some left over, which we often don’t. Those kids and their late-night documentaries…
P.S. If you like the watermelon bacon, you can also use it to make this Summer Corn Salad.
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