Preserving melons and squash
I apologize for asking questions that may have already been talked about. I've been searching the archives but my eyes are starting to cross from reading so much and I haven't found what I'm looking for. Besides, I need to get outside and tend to my garden!
I am realizing that I have LOTS of things that are ripening and need to be dealt with fairly soon. I didn't realize how far along these things were or that so many were ready at once.
First, I have 9 muskmelons (at least half are ripe or will be there within days). What can I do with them? I will give some away and, of course, my family will eat some. But I am still going to have too many ripe at one time to eat. Can muskmelon be cubed and frozen (or saved in some other way)?
Also, same thing with Sugar Baby Watermelons. I had 4 watermelons from my two plants. I picked the oldest and largest one last night and sliced it for dinner. It was perfect! However, my family are slooow watermelon eaters. This one melon will last us several days. Meanwhile, according to what I've read here at gardenweb.com, I have at least two more ready to pick and maybe even the third one. Is there any way to save all that watermelon?
Finally, I had 4 spaghetti squash plants. They were attacked a couple of weeks ago by Squash Vine Borers. I assumed all 9 squash were goners. However, even though the vines have been dying off, the squash have turned yellow and their rinds have gotten hard. I'm thinking they may just make it (some of them anyway). I cut open two of the ripest looking spaghetti squash and they look fine. I was thinking of baking them, scraping out the flesh with a fork, and then freezing them in ziploc baggies. What do you all think? Would this work? I don't have anywhere to store the squash whole (root cellar), but I could freeze the flesh if it'll keep.
I've been so busy focusing on my cucumbers (pickles) and tomatoes, that the melons and squash kind of snuck up on me. This is my first garden, so a lot takes me by surprise.
Thanks for any help!