Did you know there’s an easy way to cut watermelon? You’ll never fear cutting a watermelon again once you know these simple steps.
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 one 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!
The Easy Way to Cut Watermelon
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!
Almost Done Already?
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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Courtenay Hartford is the author of creeklinehouse.com, a blog based on her adventures renovating a 120-year-old farmhouse in rural Ontario, Canada. On her blog, Courtenay shares interior design tips based on her own farmhouse and her work as founder and stylist of the interior photography firm Art & Spaces. She also writes about her farmhouse garden, plant-based recipes, family travel, and homekeeping best practices. Courtenay is the author of the book The Cleaning Ninja and has been featured in numerous magazines including Country Sampler Farmhouse Style, Better Homes and Gardens, Parents Magazine, Real Simple, and Our Homes.