Nothing can beat the refreshing taste of a juicy watermelon on a hot day. But before you can enjoy this delicious fruit, you need to know how to cut a watermelon properly. Don’t worry because it’s much easier than cutting a mango or pineapple! So, let’s dive in and discover the easiest and best method for cutting a watermelon into slices.
How to Know a Watermelon Is Ripe?
Before you can start cutting your watermelon, it’s essential to choose a ripe one. Here are a few tips on how to select the perfect watermelon:
- Look for a watermelon that has a matte appearance rather than a shiny one. Shiny watermelons are often overgrown and may lack the desired sweetness.
- Check for any visible bumps or holes on the watermelon’s surface, as these can indicate issues with watering or bugs.
- Pick up a few watermelons and compare their weight. A heavy watermelon for its size is a good indication of juiciness.
How to Cut a Watermelon
Now that you have a ripe and delicious watermelon, it’s time to cut it into perfect slices. Follow these steps to get the job done:
1. Start by rinsing and drying the whole watermelon to ensure cleanliness.
2. Take a large knife and slice the watermelon in half crosswise. This will result in two circular pieces instead of oblong ones.
3. Place one of the halves cut side down on a cutting board. Proceed to cut it in half again, creating four parts in total.
4. Take one quarter of the watermelon and divide it into five pieces (image below) with 2 small pieces at both ends and 3 equal larger pieces in the middle.
5. Use a small knife to cut away the rind from each piece, ensuring to remove the green skin completely.
6. Depending on your preference, cut the flesh of each piece into 2-3 smaller pieces. This will give you bite-sized watermelon cubes.
7. Repeat steps 4 to 6 with the remaining three quarters of the watermelon.
8. If desired, you can chill the watermelon cubes in the refrigerator before serving. Now, it’s time to enjoy your freshly cut watermelon!
Watermelon Storage Tips
To make the most of your watermelon and keep it fresh, here are a few storage tips:
- To store a whole watermelon, keep it at room temperature for up to two weeks.
- If you have leftover watermelon slices, place them in an airtight storage container and refrigerate for up to four days.
- Freezing watermelon: once you decide to freeze it, it’s better to make watermelon smoothie. To Freeze them, group the watermelon pieces into portions and freeze until solid. While using, just take a portion and blend them with other ingredients.
- 1 large watermelon
- 1 large knife
- 1 small knife
- 1 cutting board
- airtight container
- Step 1. Rinse and dry the whole watermelon to ensure cleanliness and remove any dirt or residue.
- Step 2. Take the large knife and carefully slice the watermelon in half crosswise. This will create two circular pieces instead of oblong ones.
- Step 3. Place one of the halves cut side down on a clean cutting board, ensuring a stable surface for cutting. Using the large knife, cut the watermelon in half again. Now, you will have four equal parts in total.
- Step 4. Take one quarter of the watermelon and divide it into five pieces (image below) with 2 small pieces at both ends and 3 equal larger pieces in the middle.
- Step 5. Switch to the small knife and carefully cut away the rind from each of the five pieces. Make sure to remove the green skin completely, exposing the juicy red flesh.
- Step 6. Once the rind is removed, cut the watermelon flesh into 2-3 smaller pieces, depending on your desired serving size. This will give you bite-sized watermelon slices that are easy to eat and enjoy.
- Step 7. Repeat steps 5 to 7 with the remaining three quarters of the watermelon, ensuring consistent and uniform cuts for each piece.
- Step 8. After cutting all the watermelon pieces, transfer them to a clean storage box or an airtight container if you plan to store them for later use.
If you prefer your watermelon slices chilled, place the storage box in the refrigerator for a refreshing and cool treat. When you're ready to enjoy your freshly cut watermelon, simply take out the desired amount from the storage box and serve.
By following these simple steps, you can effortlessly cut a watermelon into perfect slices or cubes, ready to be enjoyed on a summer day or used in fruit salads. So go ahead, pick a ripe watermelon, grab your knife, and savor the refreshing sweetness of this summer treat.
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