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How To Preserve My Ground Melon (Egusi) And Locust Beans (Iru)?

How Best Can I Preserve My Ground Melon And Locust Beans (Iru)?

Hey All,

Can anyone give me tips on how to preserve my ground melon? I've kept it refrigerated in the past and the taste changed (was pretty bad). I've kept it in an air-tight plastic and it grew fungi. Someone suggested I should mix it with some salt. Another said I should allow some air to penetrate. Am confused. Please help.

And with my 'iru', can I keep it in the freezer? I live in Naija where power supply is epileptic. And besides, the smell enters some other things in the fridge.What should I do to it? Thanks.

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I understand what Seun means. Here in Nigeria stuff like melon, yam (for elubo), maize, in short any kind of grains, even pepper can be dried in the sun before being ground into powder. Flies? I'm not sure they have any significant effect on them when dry, for instance, I have been eating amala (made from dried yam) since I was a baby and I have never for once been treated for any fly-borne disease as a result of that.

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ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh seun be thinking, how will anyone dry food they'll eat outside when there are big juicy greenish-blue flies all over and it's not decent.lol

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U calabar girl cant u see my post?

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During my student days I used to preserve my grounded melon for weeks. How? Well just make sure that the mellon you choose for grinding is on the dry side. If you shell the seeds and bend any it should easily snap in two before it bends up to a 30 degree angle.

Grind the melon and wrap it loosely in a polyethene bag and store in air tigth plastic container to avoid excess moisture going in, and to avoid other contaminants. When you use, let a little air circulate through before you cover it up. Do not stor for more than two weeks (the taste tends to change if left too long).

I don't have a clue how to preserve Iru.

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Hey guy! rowlandwhy or whatever, why not save the bits and let's get your own contribution on the egusi and iru preservation stuff.

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4 locust bean, just add salt -whether it is in the fridge or not it is preserved[b] even the wet type[/b]

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In my own view i think the best way of preserving your locust bean is by putting it in covered bowl and put it inside the freezer. The ground melon should be kept in close nylon and refrigerated.

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i dont think that u can in anyway preserve grinded melon.

I think the best option is the dry the ungrinded ones in the sun and grind the quantity u needs when the need arises.

I dont think i understand what u meant by locust beans.

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I think the main problem you're having is the epileptic power supply in your area.

(What's the point of refrigeration if you only have power 30% of the time?)

You can dry your egusi in the sun and then grind it dry. When you need to use it, you can soak it.

But you will have to refrigerate for your locust beans. Get a big nylon bag and divide your locust beans into small portions, each in a different small nylon bag. Each time you need locust beans, just take out one nylon bag. That way it'll last longer. But you need electricity. Source: family member who does a lot of cooking.

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I think u should make the melon it into a paste with water and freeze, for ur locust bean, add salt to it and dry.

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