Throughout my entire 8.5 years as a mother, I have feared the mighty watermelon. Really, it was bad. And Kennedy loves them. One time, another family was coming over to our place and they brought a watermelon for the kids to have as a snack. All I needed to do was cut it up. All I could think was “Why would you do that to a person? One doesn’t just simply cut up a watermelon and get on with their day. It’s an entire event that needs both mental preparation and recovery time!” And the mess! And the danger of slipping with the knife! Traumatic, I tell you.
Clearly, that’s not really the case but that’s how I felt. Cutting a watermelon properly was one of those things reserved for members of the super secret club of mothers who somehow magically just know the things that mothers are supposed to know. And not me.
One day earlier this Summer, all this drama came to a grinding halt when I saw this technique that I’m about to share with you. I think it was on TV somewhere, but I can’t really say because the moment was really just a blur of excitement for me. And now I can’t believe it wasn’t obvious from the beginning. I risked cutting my fingers off for nothing.
Here we go!
Start out by placing your cleaned watermelon on top of a cutting board layered with a clean tea towel. All that mess I was talking about before? It’s a thing of the past now and all gets soaked up by the tea towel. With a large serrated knife, gently cut off just the very ends of the melon.
It will look like this:
Place the watermelon on one of the ends. Now you have a flat, stable surface to work on. Cut right down the middle of the melon, making two equal halves.
Slice those down the middle as well, creating 4 quarters. Ah, math!
You’re now about 30 seconds into this endeavor and you’re almost done!
Use those quarters to make the beautiful, perfectly-sized watermelon slices of your dreams!
Take a smaller knife, remove the rinds and cut it all up into lovely bite-sized chunks!
So there you have it!
If you’ve been in the dark about this ever-so-handy and necessary Summertime skill, now you know!
Welcome to the club!
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