How to Peel a Watermelon (Machete Method)

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Intro: How to Peel a Watermelon (Machete Method)

Got an unexpected text from a friend containing a meme of a peeled watermelon. Only the finished product, however. Not sure of how they got to that point, but I figured I could try my own method. Luckily, I already had a watermelon in addition to a machete. Why not give it a shot?

Step 1: Materials

This is the machete method of peeling a watermelon. You could easily try with any other cutting instrument. For this Instructable,
You will need:
-A watermelon
-A machete

It's not terribly messy, but you might want to use a cutting board anyway.

Step 2: Chop Chop Chop

Really all you need to do is give short and quick chops to the outer skin of the melon. The green part is the toughest, so you only need to go deep enough to just get the green off. Please watch your fingers!!!!

Once you're done with that, it should look like you've chiseled your watermelon.

Step 3: Carve

With all the tough green skin gone you can begin carving the white tissue away. Nothing specific here, just carve it like you would a turkey. Also carve just enough so that the red tissue shows. Make sure all the white tissue is gone.

Step 4: Bask in Peeled Watermelon Glory

Congratulations! You have successfully peeled a watermelon. Show it to your friends, use it as a centerpiece, enjoy it!

I will admit, I had one heck of a time trying to figure out how to eat it. In the end I wound up sticking it on the end of my machete and eating it like a popsicle. If anyone figures out a creative way to eat it, let me know!

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    Brokk Hrafnsson

    7 months ago

    I'm speechless....

    This is genius! Sheer genius! Congratulations!

    Those little gems you spontaneously find on Instructables, honestly...

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    MoniqueL

    3 years ago on Introduction

    LOL this is fun way to get get at a watermelon. Usually when I get a watermelon in the size of the one in this instructable, I just chop it in half, grab a spoon, find a spot to sit, hold one half like a bowl, and use the spoon to carve out circles and moons that I eat.

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    bcrocker1MoniqueL

    Reply 3 years ago on Introduction

    That's an awesome way to clean out the rind! Then comes the question of what weird but useful thing to do with it afterward…….

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    I can't think of a better way than to eat it than as a popsicle from a machete stick! I want to try this cut on Sunday at our family reunion. The two of us only eat half a melon in a sitting, like tomatoskins, which I slice in half and peel, then cut to serving sizes that we stab with a fork and eat like popsicles, too. No wonder I love the machete idea….. and I just found mine.

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    john12692

    3 years ago

    you could put it on a string tied to the end of a stick and eat it like an ice planet from firefly (episode 12 "the message" river complains her food is "problematic")

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    bcrocker1john12692

    Reply 3 years ago on Introduction

    With the size of a watermelon it would be extra problematic! But for the sake of the reference it would be worth it :D

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    tomatoskins

    3 years ago on Introduction

    Hahaha this is great! I usually cut my watermelon in half then chop off all the rind. After that I cut it up in pieces.

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