Who doesn’t love a good watermelon, no matter what the time of the year is (especially in the summer). Choosing a watermelon as a nice snack is not only tasty, but it is also refreshing since it is 90% water. It is also full of Vitamin C, A, and potassium.
In order to find the perfect watermelon, look for a large yellow spot, which indicates that it is ripened. Also, choose a watermelon that is not misshaped with any bruises on it, if possible. Although some may say that tapping on a watermelon is a good way to indicate if it is ripe, this is FALSE and you should NOT do that.
Fun Fact: Watermelon is in face a vegetable, it is related to the cucumber, pumpkins, and squash!
- Whole watermelon
- Sharp knife
- Cutting tray
- Smooth surface
- Sink or water to rinse
Step 1: Rinse
Wash the watermelon in the sink to remove dirt or any germs that could have been accumulated on the fruit itself. Dry the watermelon after the dirt and germs are removed so it is ready for Step 2.
Warm water is preferred when rinsing the watermelon so it kills the germs better than the cold water would.
Step 2: Cut Off Ends of Watermelon
Cut the top and bottom of the watermelon off of the round ends and place it in the garbage. When you are cutting the round ends off the watermelon, cut about 2 inches from the end depending on the type of watermelon you purchase. This will create a flat surface to make it easier for the following steps.
When you cut off the round ends off of the watermelon, they do not have to go into the garbage, you could cut the remaining fruit out of the ends before placing the ends in the garbage to get a little extra watermelon out of it!
Step 3: Cut Into Halves
Place the watermelon up on one of the flat surfaces that were cut off in Step 2 on the cutting surface of your choice, and slice down the middle; top to bottom (lengthwise).
You are now left with two halves and ready to go right into Step 3
Step 4: Cut Into Quarters
Place the halves face down on the sides that were cut off in Step 2, with the rind facing towards you on the cutting surface (cutting tray). Cut the two pieces of watermelon that is in front of you in half AGAIN from top to bottom; lengthwise. At this point, you should have 4 quarters.
Step 5: Remove From Rind
Remove the watermelon from its rind, but keep it on the rind unattached. Remember to cut as close as possible to the rind to get more of the watermelon to eat after. The easiest and safest way to do this is to cut straight down; top to bottom (lengthwise). Now flip the quartered watermelon around with the rind on the cutting surface, so the unattached watermelon does not fall off of the rind.
Step 6: Quarters Into Slices
Now slice the quarters into 1-inch slices, crosswise, while cutting these slices, the watermelon should still be on the rind, unattached and on the cutting board. Your knife should go from the top to the bottom of the rind.
Go slow and make sure that your fingers are NOT in the way when slicing.
Step 7: Place in Bowl
Repeat Step 6 for all 4 quarters of the watermelon.
Once all four quarters of the watermelon are sliced up into 1-inch sections, you can now dump the sliced pieces into a bowl (or plate) for it to be served or kept for a snack later.
Step 8: If You Would Like to Store the Watermelon (Long Term)...
After removing the rind, place all of the wedges of watermelon on a freezer tray with a baking sheet under it. Make sure that none of the watermelon wedges are not on top of each other and are spread out throughout the tray. Keep these wedges in the freezer until they are solid.
Step 9: Transfer
Once the wedges are solid, transfer the watermelon wedges in an airtight container or freezer plastic bag and then this can be kept in the freezer for up to 6 months.