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Simple Melon Carving

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This Instructable will show you how to do a simple melon carving technique that can be used to carve any type of melon. in this demo i will show you how to carve a cantaloupe.

Melon Carvings like these can be done in 5 or 10 minutes and look awesome on a buffet or to impress friends when you have a dinner party.
 
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Step 1: Materials

Heres what you need left to right:

Melon - in this case i used a cantaloupe

Fruit and vegetable carving knife- i show 2 styles here the thin bladed wooden handled knife is actually just a paring knife but it is one that has a thin blade this works pretty well for carving and is easy to find, i found this one at Sur la Table for around $6.

The yellow handled knife has a super thin blade and is the most ideal knife for fruit and vegetable carving. this type of knife is called a thai carving knife. they are sort of hard to find, the company that made this one is called Kom Kom . You can purchase one of these knives from www.chefgarnish.com

U/V cutter- basically it has two ends one is a channel in the shape of a V the other a U. you can find one of these at the same web site as the knife or high end kitchen supply stores may also sell them. And actually i have made my own as well.

Deba knife or chefs knife- you just need a large knife so that you can take slices off of the melon to create a base for the melon to stand up.

Step 2: Cutting both ends of the melon

Picture of cutting both ends of the melon
Using your Deba or chef's knife.

Cut both ends of the melon take off just enough of each end to expose the flesh of the melon and make the melon where it will stand up on either end. you can see by my scrap pieces laying next to the melon you don't need to cut off much to make it stand up.
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bfinestone2 days ago

that's amazing!

donty1 year ago
beautiful carving will try it today, thanks for posting and waiting for the radish tutorial
Zafthan3 years ago
Sweet instructable! You are so talented.
Wow I SO love this. I'm trying to learn how to carve melons and will try this first!
jtmjr4 years ago
This is Great thanks for posting Im gonna try this one tomorrow for a fruit basket
opcp5 years ago
I had to change it a bit to match the tools I had at hand but here is my first melon carving. Thanks heaps for the tutorial.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/7371845@N02/3890387494/

dustinbikes (author)  opcp5 years ago
Wow, your melon looks super amazing for your first ever attempt, I am glad you found the instructable helpful. And keep your eyes open because i plan on posting another fruit carving soon :)
dustinbikes (author) 5 years ago
You know what i will make a radish flower instructable for you in the near future thanks for the comment
That is beautiful!! Thanks for sharing. Now, about the radish rose... First you make the cuts, and then you plunge in water. Look on the internet, there must be a diagram. It is way simpler to make than the melon-lol
oh my god that is very cool, you have too much time on your hands... nice.
SFHandyman6 years ago
That is really stunning. I have to try this. Thanks for posting.
dustinbikes (author) 6 years ago
it works great on watermelons, honeydew, squash. kiwi and bananas not so much
Solderguy6 years ago
Will this work on other kind of fruit? Will this work on apples, watermelons, kiwi, bananas or anything like that?
watermelons and apples, i'm guessing, will work.
Mr E Man6 years ago
Awesome job, Can you make a radish rose? I'd like to see that done like this was.. :) I knew a Thai chef that could I only remember the trick is to put the radish in some ice water before you start.. Don't ask me the rest..
wolfy_90056 years ago
i like this :) I saw a papaya carved in bali....it looke really complex. But i guess after 20-30 years of experiece it's really easy
ColdSpooky6 years ago
Thats awesome.
dustinbikes (author) 6 years ago
this will work on anything firm that will not oxidize, an apple oxidizes very quickly and even if you dip it in something acidulated it only stalls the apple from rotting away.....this technique is good for melons and squash mostly
clamoring6 years ago
Beautiful work!
sooooo cooool i have to try this...
feckin' sweet!
sajrs6 years ago
it's nice to see some of the cold larder techniques on 'ibles... it's a long time since i did fruit & veg carving... kinda makes me think of picking up a melon just for the sake of getting back those skills, thanks for the reminder
awesome!
zwild16 years ago
Great ible! Nice clean and focused pics, great descriptions! I think I might try this one at some point.... Keep up the good work!
smashbob6 years ago
very simple with a great turnout. artistic. good i'ble. +1
ernestoaug6 years ago
artista
pechka6 years ago
Wow! (But THAT'LL be the day, when a ripe melon survives around me longer than it takes me to get rid of the seeds and then gorge myself so rapidly that I risk choking to death----ripe honeydew melons ARE worth the risk, though!)
thesamhill6 years ago
Hey, that's awesome! When I make a pineapple, I cut the top off and set it on the plate. Then I stack the cut up bits all around it, with whatever else. Gotta love decorative fruit. But what's with the "melons make you sick" thing? I've been eating melons forever and I've never gotten sick from them.
dustinbikes (author) 6 years ago
yes the reason melons are potentially hazardous foods is that when bacteria is present on the outside of the fruit it is pulled into the flesh when the blade passes through the rind.
you gotta be careful with melons because they are a potentially hazardous food. Unlike most fruits, melons dont have a lot of acidity to inhibit bacteria growth. So you got to make sure to scrub them down good. And keep them chilled. You dont want to give your guests 3 days of the two bucket blues :(
well, you're not REALLY supposed to eat the decorative fruit anyway... just b/c you're not sure who's been handling it, and if they assumed you were gonna eat it or now (or if they washed their hands after using the bathroom...) it is pretty tho
Plasmana6 years ago
Wow! That is so cool! And easy too!
dustinbikes (author) 6 years ago
you can do this with some squashes too!
acm3216 years ago
Too bad I'm allergic to melons...
dustinbikes (author) 6 years ago
you can buy a u/v cutter from www.chefgarnish.com that is where mine is from and once you get the hang of it a melon should take about 10 mins or so
where do you get the u cutting knife. and about how long will it take to do a mellon that size?
whackpak6 years ago
very good Instructable with detailed photo's
wupme6 years ago
In the small thumb on the homepage, i thought it was a durian. That looks awesome, i just can't come up with the time :(
So very awesome. Will do this.
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