We brought a huge watermelon from the grocery store and decided that we wanted to eat it immediately. And since it tastes the best when it is chilled, we decided to use the tried and tested formula of chilling things faster. Put it in the freezer instead of the regular fruits and vegetables compartment in the refrigerator. “Within five minutes we’d be taking it out and eating it,” we thought.
Sure enough, the responsible house-keepers that we are, we remembered it 24 hours too late. The next day! We took it out and tried to cut it with knife; even break it by hitting it against the kitchen top and the floor. Then abandoned the idea fearing for the life of our knife and the floor (and the people residing on the floor below). You can (probably can’t, unless you have the first hand experience) guess that 92% water of watermelon had faithfully converted into ice, making it an invincible ball! A few pieces that we managed to take out during the ordeal, tasted too much like ice and too little like watermelon. There was no question to eating it as it is.
Let’s reverse the process, we thought. “Let the ice convert back to water.” We left the innocuous looking fruit on the kitchen top. Little knowing the disaster that awaited us.
When we went back after about half an hour, the water from the watermelon was present everywhere on the kitchen top (and the kitchen) except inside the fruit! What remained of the fruit had the texture of meat! We faithfully discarded the fruit in the dustbin and undertook the task of cleaning the kitchen.
We brought a huge watermelon from the grocery store and decided that we did not want to eat it immediately. Since there were many contenders to the space inside the refrigerator after our grocery shopping spree at More hypermarket on outer ring road, the watermelon got de-prioritized and it was left outside.
A few days later, when I entered the kitchen I heard a repeating sound in a corner. It seemed like some living creature (probably a rat) was making the sound inside one of the closed kitchen shelves. I promptly called Abhaya in. The sound was increasing in intensity and we almost expected a rat (or something much larger) to barge out of one of the shelves. That didn’t happen and then we noticed! The water dripping out from the top shelf that was open. There were a bunch of polythene bags below the shelf on which the water was falling. Making that terrible, scary sound. The source of water? Our huge watermelon from the grocery store.
We had forgotten to remove the polythene bag in which it was packed at the store. Suffocated beyond its tolerance, it started decaying and was no longer strong enough to hold all the water. The smelly water was running all over the kitchen floor soon. In trying to pick up the watermelon to discard it in the dustbin, we realized what it had become and I’d spare you the description. The mess to be cleared was worse than last time. We had to use floor disinfectant to get rid of the smell. Although, I was so terrorized by it that couple of days later, I still feel the stench from the watermelon. I have been assured by others though, that there is no stench!
Moral of the story
If you have to keep the watermelon inside the refrigerator, do not keep it in the freezer!
If you have to keep the watermelon outside the refrigerator, do not keep it inside the polythene bag it came in!