Introduction: The Best Way to Cut a Melon

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I accidentally found this melon cutting trick when watching a compilation of fails & wins on Youtube. (Goes without saying that this was a super win!) I had started on the Fast Workers subreddit and then ended up in a Youtube black hole - which aren't normally very productive - but this time I lucked out.

I've been cutting all my melons this way now - it's so fast and easy! I really do this it's the best way if you're just cutting the melon to eat and not wanting to do anything fancier with it. :D

Step 1: Cut the Melon in Half

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Wash the melon if you haven't already - we're leaving the rind on so you want to make sure it doesn't have any nasties.

If you're using a really large watermelon, cut it in half as shown and then cut both halves in half lengthwise.

If you're using a melon with seeds in the middle, scoop those out now.

P.S. To make this less messy, try to use a cutting board with a groove around the edges like the one I'm using.

Step 2: Cut Into 1 Inch Strips

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Well, 1 to 1 1/2 inches. Whatever looks best for the size of melon you have.

Step 3: Rotate and Cut Into Slices Again

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So fancy.

Step 4: And Now You Have Easy to Eat Melon!

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Just hold the individual sticks down by the rind. So much easier to hold on to and much less messy than cubes.

These melon sticks are especially useful when you're feeding a bunch of kids. :D (Or drunk adults, let's be honest.)

Step 5: Additional Perks

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Perk #1 - you get to eat all the awkward edges that have less melon on them. When someone asks you why you're eating a 1/3 of the melon, make sure they know it's because you're a professional and you believe in good presentation and consistent serving sizes. Nothing but the best for your guests/friends/family! ;)

Perk #2 - Tiny rind pieces perfect for throwing straight into the compost bin once you're done snacking!


edoctoor (author)2016-04-15

Perk #3 A little know secret about watermelon is the white part of the rind is really good for men that suffer from ed.

SarahK10 (author)2015-07-21

Guys, this is called a mezzaluna. Its for cutting herbs and spices. Its rounded because its supposed to be used with a rounded cutting board or a bowl. They work for other things as well, sometimes they have one blade, sometimes two.

Mihsin (author)SarahK102015-10-29

This double bladed curved knife is mainly used for cutting Jews' Mellow (Mulukhiyya) a herb widly used in Middle East.

kat887500 (author)2015-07-17

Why cut it into pieces when it makes a perfect bowl? For Sharing you say? I say get your own watermelon.

(The tone used this comment is silly and playful)

harmonious1 (author)kat8875002015-10-02

I wish we had fonts for things like silly and playful, or especially >sarcastic<. That would be so much fun.

"Get yer grubby paws off mah fruit!" *waves machete*

(the machete is being waved in a silly and playful way... kinda O.o)

Daitallica (author)kat8875002015-07-17

I'm with you on that, sharing melon is for sukkas

harmonious1 (author)2015-10-02

I am told (and it makes sense to me) that to pick a sweet melon, you have to pick a female one, and to do that you have to look at the BLOOM end, as opposed to the STEM end. The bloom end should be slightly concave and it will be a female.

I have wanted to test this, if anyone has or does, please report.

AJMansfield (author)2015-08-04

I'm sure we've all attempted to eat that watermelon that was barely sweet enough, or that slightly-squishy one, but there is a very simple technique you can use when selecting your watermelon to ensure that you always get a perfectly sweet, crisp one: Pick the greenest one! No kidding! When considering a candidate watermelon, inspect its entire surface. If there are obvious flaws, of course, that instantly disqualifies it, but then look for yellowish spots. The ideal watermelon will be a dark green color over its entire surface, with no yellow spots.

abice (author)AJMansfield2015-08-23

A yellow spot on a melon means it's been sitting on the ground for a while. Yellow spot = ripe melon

Uniform dark green color means it hasn't had time to actually ripen yet. You've been picking bad melons your entire life.

JessicaMills (author)abice2015-09-15


Here's an article that explains veggie and fruit ripeness well:

AJMansfield (author)abice2015-08-27

On the contrary, my method of selecting melons has never once, over the course of the ~20 melons I have picked so far, failed to produce a spectacularly delicious melon.

AJMansfield (author)AJMansfield2015-08-04

The watermelon you picked would barely pass muster if I were purchasing a melon. Look at those bright yellow stripes along its length! And the picture in step 4 reveals the truth: A truly delicious watermelon would yield slices with much sharper edges, and the seed voids would have barely deformed at all during slicing. While your slicing technique is impeccable, this watermelon was almost certainly a disappointment to everyone who consumed it.

jessyratfink (author)AJMansfield2015-08-04

Uhhhh, no, actually. This is a special breed of watermelon - I forget the name now, but the ripeness on these isn't determined by the stripes. This was perfectly sweet - probably one of the best ones we'd had all year!

And oddly enough, we choose the good ones in opposite ways. I'm from Kentucky, and there folks go with the melons that are the heaviest for their size. People are also always looking for a big yellow spot on the bottom! That means the watermelon has been laying in the field long enough to ripen properly. :)

I've never had a green one I ever liked! They've always been pretty tasteless for me.

kcross-1 (author)2015-08-10

My brother in law is a chef. He taught me to peel large things (watermelon, butternut squash) a different way. Cut a flat on the bottom, then go around the fruit/veg cutting off flat facets of rind around the biggest part that sticks out.

Then lay it on its side and cut off the angled top and bottom parts of the rind you initially bypassed when it was standing on end; for things less regularly-shaped than watermelon this step means cutting it apart and peeling the sections separately, but for watermelon, you can turn it into one huge "faceted garnet".

Then just slice and cube it. Much faster than cutting off little tiny cubes of rind, even if you do eventually want to cut the pieces of rind themselves into cubes for compst or horse treats or pickles.

xxlauraxx made it! (author)2015-08-04

Thanks for this tutorial! I was feeling a little intimidated to cut the watermelon that came in my CSA box a couple days ago, but this technique made it easy. And the watermelon is YUMMY. :)

Buckshott00 (author)2015-07-21

This is real. It requires no skill. Best Part, being first to enjoy that tasty tasty center section. All to yourself!

AJMansfield (author)Buckshott002015-08-04

Fool! The best part of a watermelon is the outer inch near the rind!

Buckshott00 (author)AJMansfield2015-08-04

Blasphemy! You will be judged harshly by the Watermelon GODS!!

BetsyFartBlossom (author)2015-07-18

Along with being way yummy, did you know that watermelon has loads of iron? I love it sprinkled with salt:)

bad, bad, bad salt . . . but tasty, tasty ,tasssssssttttttttttyyyyyyyyyyyy yummy yummy

SarahK10 (author)2015-07-21

grannyjones (author)2015-07-13

I have a big ergonomic pizza rocker knife--the handles are vertical in use, instead of horizontal. It is great for pizza, but amazing for melons.

tkjtkj (author)grannyjones2015-07-15

Great idea~~ Plus, I suspect that the two vertical handles on such a large knife make it safer to use : more control! nice .... , as is Jessie's 'structable .. thanks both , and others here ;) One possible downside *might* be the depth into which the knife can descend into half a large melon .. so dimensions might be important..

Pic is of such a knife but this one seems a bit short: a 20" one is better .. Also avail are the

horizontal handle models ... Amazon 'reviews' of such knives will convince anyone to 'toss' their 'pizza wheel knife' , btw.

oz5es (author)tkjtkj2015-07-19

That one is for chopping Parsley, I use it frequently, as I love Parsley sauce, Yummy:-)´´´´

mrandle (author)grannyjones2015-07-15

I have a kitchen machete for such weird occasions where you need a long knife. They are cheeeaaap and work great for melons, pineapple, pomello and squash. they usually come with a sheath too.

pmshah (author)2015-07-18

One could peel off the green part from the rind and cook the white portion as a vegetable.

Alastra (author)2015-07-18

Just tried it tonight and worked very well !! Friends impressed, thanks :)

mndietz (author)2015-07-17

Don't throw those pieces of rind away! Put them in Mason jar with garlic, dill, carrots, as much hot chili pepper as you like, and 1 T of non iodized salt per quart of jar size. Fill the jar with hot tap water, put the cap on tight, and shake it to dissolve the salt. Put the jar in a cool room 60 degrees Fahrenheit is ideal. This kar is going to build up pressure, and probably leak a little, so put a plate under it. Shake it every day, and it will be ready to eat in a week or two. Store in the refrigerator after you open it. Enjoy!

tomgerg made it! (author)2015-07-17

this is how I cut a watermelon

namora (author)2015-07-17

Works for onions too.

McScribble (author)namora2015-07-17

So hard to find seedless though!

HughJacks (author)2015-07-17

Thanks, I have one in my fridge first time in years. Im going to try that this weekend. question is how much vodka should i use. J/k sort of.

dmadam (author)2015-07-17

Great idea. Easier to keep the grand kids faces out of the half/quarter slices.

Maldrax (author)2015-07-17

Nice. About step 5, why eat these "unperfect pieces of watermelon" when u can make the best juice ever?

phepner (author)2015-07-17

Nice! I’ve been doing it like this for decades. You need to put it on a
large plate if it does not disappear right away. the juice gets messy. And
be VERY careful on the second cross cut … it can get dangerous if things
suddenly shift

Gowsin (author)2015-07-17

I love watermelon.. thank you

EileenS4 (author)2015-07-16

joelqp (author)2015-07-16

Make watermelon pickle!

jenniferdouglas (author)2015-07-16

Thankyou for that, I shall give it a go, love watermelons : )

amberharding82 (author)2015-07-15

Lol, never knew that!

grannyjones (author)2015-07-15

My rocker knife is big enough to span most box pizzas without moving. The vertical blades are far enough apart that I can cut most any watermelon without interference. It is a Kitchen Aid, that I suspect is no longer made. I call it my pizza bat'leth.

Shanball (author)2015-07-14

I've done this method and tweaked it to turn it into a turtle.. party pleaser! Kids trip out. :) Will take a pic next time & post.

sweeppreferred (author)2015-07-14

Hi Jessy... Yummy to the tummy...

CraigRJess (author)2015-07-14

and I loooooove watermelon. thanks :~)

PitStoP (author)2015-07-13

Hi Jessy... Yummy to the tummy...

le_avion (author)2015-07-13

The watermelon rind pieces are also great pickled!

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