The Best Way to Cut a Melon

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About: I work at instructables by day, and turn into a stitch witch by night. follow me on instagram @jessyratfink to see what i'm working on! ^_^

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

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

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

So fancy.

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

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

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!

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edoctoor

2 years ago

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

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SarahK10

3 years ago on Introduction

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.

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MihsinSarahK10

Reply 3 years ago

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

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kat887500

3 years ago on Introduction

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)

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harmonious1kat887500

Reply 3 years ago

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)

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Daitallicakat887500

Reply 3 years ago

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

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harmonious1

3 years ago

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.

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AJMansfield

3 years ago on Introduction

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.

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abiceAJMansfield

Reply 3 years ago on Introduction

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.

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AJMansfieldabice

Reply 3 years ago on Introduction

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.

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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.

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.

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kcross-1

3 years ago on Introduction

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.