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
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!