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How to Cut a Watermelon: The Easiest Way Ever
This is a blog post about how to cut a delicious watermelon, but not just any old way- the easiest way ever. We will also discuss what's the best type of watermelon to buy and how to pick out one that is ripe for eating!
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How to pick the perfect watermelon
Doing so may seem like an impossible task, but it's really much simpler than you would think.
The best way to pick a ripe watermelon is by inspecting for color and texture on the outside of the uncut watermelon rind. If there are white stripes or yellow patches when you turn the fruit over in your hands, this means that these areas have not developed enough natural sugars inside of them which can lead to a disappointing ripeness once cut open (and then eaten).
Instead of taking home one with spots like this, try looking for ones that are dark green with no sign of dryness around any cracks in the surface skin. These will be perfect!
When selecting the juicy watermelon you want to take home, look for those heavy melons with a lot of weight to them. The heavier the watermelon, the sweeter it will taste!
The easiest way to cut a watermelon
- Cut your whole watermelon in half from top to bottom on a large cutting board or flat surface with a sharp knife, then cut sides off so you can focus on the red pulp in the middle.
- Take the two halves and divide into vertical slices by cutting straight down on either side of where they meet at their middle seamline with a sharp chef's knife (can use a serrated knife if you prefer). Now each piece should have four long flat sides which makes for perfect slices!
- Note: For this next step, we're going to show you how to make one neat triangle shaped slice (or watermelon wedges) - but if that doesn't sound appetizing enough for you, feel free to do whatever different ways work best for you (e.g., make watermelon sticks, use a melon baller, or cut watermelon cubes).
- To make one neat triangle slice, take the watermelon halves (or each quarter sequentially if you prefer) and cut into 1-inch slices.
- For presentation, rotate the pieces 180 degrees around until they are now standing upright with the points facing you then hold the ends tight while lifting and placing these triangular wedges into a dish or bowl for serving - making sure not to get any juice onto anything else as we don't want our tablecloth stained by pretty pink liquid!
This way when guests come over they'll have something beautiful to look at before taking their first bite.
How to store your watermelon once cut
Ideally, you should keep your cut watermelon in the refrigerator where it will stay fresh for up to a week.
However, if this isn't an option then you can store them at room temperature and just make sure not to put any pieces directly on top of each other so that air has space between all of the slices.
If there's no place in your fridge or anywhere else nearby (because who needs more kitchen clutter?) to fit these cut fruits into, don't worry- they also freeze well! You would want to try and get rid of any excess moisture from any of the surfaces when adding to a freezer bag.
Store the cut fruit in a sealed container (preferably an airtight container) or sealed plastic bag with a damp paper towel inside (optional).
You can also wrap them loosely with wax or parchment paper and placed either in an open container or under loose plastic wrap. This will keep your melon from becoming too wet as it releases moisture during storage.
The key is allowing the watermelon some airflow while still keeping it cool.
If you have leftover slices of cut watermelon, store them separately so that they do not make other items soggy when refrigerated together (you may want to put these pieces between sheets of parchment paper).
Interesting ways to enjoy your watermelon
- Slice it and decorate with your favorite fruit toppings (pomegranates, pineapple, blueberries) for a fruit salad.
- Make a watermelon salad (like a watermelon feta salad)! Slice watermelon into florets then add sliced cucumber and feta cheese. Top off with the lemon juice mixture you can find in any grocery store.
- If you're looking for something sweet: cut up some watermelons to make an easy pie filling or sorbet recipe. Simply mix together cold watermelon chunks, sugar and lime zest until desired sweetness is reached. Add ice cubes to chill before serving if desired.
- Cut your watermelon into chunks, fill a pitcher with ice and pour in some lemonade. Stir well to combine then add the sliced juicy fruit for garnish!
Final thoughts on how to cut a watermelon
Hope you enjoyed this article about watermelon!
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