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The Best Way to Cut a Watermelon

Watermelon is definitely one of our favorite summer treats.  But cutting it is definitely not one of our favorite tasks.  Until I discovered this method…….

We spent last weekend with my husband’s family.  One evening we were going to have watermelon and so I took it upon myself to cut it……….just as I had started my sister-in-law asked me if I knew the ‘best’ method.  I did not!  After she showed me, I knew my life would never be the same again.   I like this method the best (because it is super fast) and also because I feel like you get the most rind off and aren’t left with the white, hard, and flavorless part on your watermelon.  Without further ado, the best way to cut a watermelon:

Step #1:  Cut the melon in half (after you have rinsed it)

The Best Way to Cut a Watermelon. Hate the mess of cutting a watermelon? Try our method next time! The Best Way to Cut a Watermelon. Hate the mess of cutting a watermelon? Try our method next time!

Step#2: Cut the end off one of the halves.

The Best Way to Cut a Watermelon. Hate the mess of cutting a watermelon? Try our method next time!

Step #3:  Place the melon face down on your cutting board.

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Step #4:  This is the tricky part. Angle your knife and start cutting off the rind.

The Best Way to Cut a Watermelon. Hate the mess of cutting a watermelon? Try our method next time!

Rotate the melon and remove the rind all the way around.  Important tip:  You will be tempted to only remove the white part  and get as close as you can to the red, while saving the precious red part of the melon.  BUT – if you don’t remove enough, then you will taste the bitter/sour flavor of the rind.  In my experience, it is best to not only cut off all of the white rind, but cut slightly into the red part.  Trust me.  You will love your watermelon this way.

The Best Way to Cut a Watermelon. Hate the mess of cutting a watermelon? Try our method next time! The Best Way to Cut a Watermelon. Hate the mess of cutting a watermelon? Try our method next time!

You have now finished the hardest part.  The rest is a breeze.

The Best Way to Cut a Watermelon. Hate the mess of cutting a watermelon? Try our method next time!

Step #5:  Slice horizontally into 3 sections.

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Step #6: Cut into pieces – whatever size your prefer.

The Best Way to Cut a Watermelon. Hate the mess of cutting a watermelon? Try our method next time!The Best Way to Cut a Watermelon. Hate the mess of cutting a watermelon? Try our method next time!

Now chill in your fridge and enjoy some ice cold juicy watermelon!

The Best Way to Cut a Watermelon. Hate the mess of cutting a watermelon? Try our method next time!

Get more watermelon ideas here!

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27 Comments

Jamie

How long do u think it stays good in the fridge after its cut (or sitting on my counter waiting to be cut for that matter…)

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I cut the rind of like that but never thought to cut the ends off first. Makes it so much easier – like cutting the peel off a butternut squash. Glad you shared this tip!

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Jamie – My cut watermelon usually stays good for 3-4 days. If it is uncut, it will probably stay good for more like 5-6 days. Good luck!

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sallyjrw

I love watermelon with salt. Last year, I got turned onto eating watermelon with feta cheese. I’ve been cruising the net looking for a watermelon feta salad to settle on.

Have you ever tried eating the rind? I’ve seen a recipe where you cook it in a pan. I haven’t worked up the nerve to try it yet.

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I have made watermelon rind pickles – something my Grandpa loves and used to eat as a kid. Not my favorite, but fun to try and make anyway. Watermelon and feta sounds delish – let me know if you find a good recipe!

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Ada

thanks a lot i will try this method but what abt the seed? how do u remove the seed if u have one ?

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Ada and Delia –

I only buy seedless watermelon! But if you buy a seeded one, the easiest way is probably just to have people remove the seeds from their individual portion as they are eating it. Good luck!

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Kristi

I cut my watermelon pretty much the same way as indicated in your link. It is so much easier.

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Trina

I tried it this way and what normally takes me 50-60 mins took me 10!! Thank you for sharing this!!!

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