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How to remove most of the seeds when cutting up a watermelon

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Step 1. Cut both ends off the watermelon.
 
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Step 1: Cut lengthwise

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Now make cuts lengthwise about 3-4" deep and 4" apart.

Step 2: Break along seed line

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Step 3. Now hit the melon along one cut strip to break along seed line.
The rind will be about 4-5 mm lower then the other strips. Break off the strip.

Step 3: Remove seeds

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If all was done right, your strip should have broke on the seed line.
Take a spoon and scrape the seeds off. Don't worry about removing some of the melon around the seeds because it is usually overripe and mushy anyways. Some people think this wasteful but it is an undesirable part of the melon.

Step 4: Slice to serve

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Once seeds are removed cut up the remainder of the strip into pieces to serve. Repeat the process for each remaining strip.
As you continue you will notice that the center of the melon is remaining. Clean the seeds off it and cut it up. This center section is the prime part so put it in a separate bowl and save it for yourself.
twilly4 years ago
 I agree with gmichaelt.  Since the process of "hitting the melon" is applying force at one point, it is confusing as to whether cokecola means "hit down (looking at the picture above) on the watermelon anywhere along the strip on top", or whether he means "hit the melon on one of the ends from left to right (looking the the picture above), with the blow displacing a section of the watermelon.
cokecola (author) 5 years ago
It states "Now hit the melon along one cut strip".
gmichaelt5 years ago
Much appreciated; I'll be sure to try it out next time I'm within reach of a whole watermelon. Yum! I'd suggest --most generally-- that authors here get used to thinking in 3- and 4-dimensions, and write their instructions in anticipation of them being read by someone who - or something that - does not have all the materials to hand. More particularly, in Step 3 --which appears as Step 2 by the site's lights-- you (cokecola) say: "Now hit the melon along one cut strip to break along seed line." This directive is not entirely clear; it isn't unambiguous with respect to the line along which the blow is delivered. Is the blow axial/parallel to the axis of the watermelon? Or radial/perpendicular to the axis? It might not make a difference functionally, but I'm not in a position to perform a practical check, as the watermelon I have is only an abstraction...