August 28, 2013 by BettyCupcakes
Y’all- this is a revelation. I’ve been struggling with watermelons all summer long. They’re so delicious and yet so unwieldy. But last night, inspiration struck and I finally figured out how to slice a watermelon without making a gargantuan mess. You know the mess I am talking about- juice running everywhere, sticky floors for days, watermelon rolling off the counter. And buying it pre-sliced is SO expensive- you can pay $3.99 for a 9 oz package. I paid $3.99 for my entire watermelon!
What You’ll Need:
Plastic Cutting Board
Sharp Chef’s Knife
Rimmed Baking Sheet (also know as a Jelly Roll Pan)
Bowl for Sliced Watermelon
Bowl for Watermelon Rind
Step 1: Choose the right watermelon. I don’t really have any tips on how to do this. I go to Trader Joes, pick up a watermelon that’s heavy for its size, give it a thump, and toss it in my cart. They’re only $3.99 at Trader Joes- I saw watermelons for $8 at Hannafords!
Step 2: Carry the large watermelon into your house while simultaneously wrestling/holding your 31 pound toddler. This totally counts as your strength workout for the day.
Step 3: Wash the watermelon with soap and water. Dry it thoroughly. Lots of bacteria can live on the outside of melons and if you don’t wash it first, the bacteria will grab onto your knife and transfer onto the flesh. You don’t want that, so just wash the dang thing first. It’s kind of like washing a REALLY big baby in the sink, except watermelons don’t cry when exposed to water. Win!
Step 4: Place your cutting board into your baking sheet. Put the watermelon on top and slice in half.
Hello, sunset-y pink watermelon goodness.
Step 5: Cut watermelon halves into quarters. Carefully remove the rind to preserve as much flesh as possible. Do make sure you get the white part off, though, because it’s sour.
Step 6: Slice your watermelon however you’d like. We’re into cubes as they’re easy for toddler fingers to pick up.
And that’s it! Store your watermelon in a sealed container in the fridge for 3-4 days. My large watermelon yielded enough cubes to fill a 4 quart bowl, so we have an easy and refreshing snack for the week.