How to Cut a Watermelon

September 1, 2011 · 6 comments

Watching most people cut watermelons makes me cringe. I have to hide my eyes when I see someone awkwardly wielding a huge knife and hacking at a ten-pound melon. I’d like to see the statistics on how many people lose fingers while slicing up a little summertime treat. It can be a dangerous activity if you don’t know what you’re doing.

There is an easy, relatively safe, fairly elegant way to cut a watermelon. Here’s how:

Rinse your melon, and get out a large cutting board and the biggest, sharpest knife you can find.

Cut  the melon in half long-wise. If it cracks open when you first poke it with the knife, that’s a good sign of peak ripeness.

I forgot to mention that this particular one was a yellow watermelon from Gathering Together Farm. Perfectly normal and perfectly delicious.

Place one half of the watermelon cut side down on the cutting board.

Cut a thin slice off each end. This part wil be mostly rind, so add it to your compost or feed it to your chickens.

Slice it into half rounds.

Arrange half the slices on one side of a plate and the other half on the the other side.

Make vertical cuts to create whatever size pieces you want.














Serve and enjoy!

Learn more about picking melons here.

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abby September 1, 2011 at 8:54 pm

I miss those little yellow melons. They are the best! Very nice safety instructional. I think I have melons down. What I need is a lesson on how to *safely* cut a large (hard) winter squash in half. Those things make me nervous every time.


Camille September 2, 2011 at 7:04 am

Winter squash are a total hazard. My mom uses the hammer and chisel method for splitting them open. I’m not sure if it’s any safer than using a knife, though. Maybe I’ll have to ask a professional about this issue.


Amanda September 2, 2011 at 7:37 am

I always make Dave cut our butternut or spaghetti squashes…acorn, no problem, but the bigger ones I’m too nervous around!


abby September 2, 2011 at 5:54 pm

This winter I will remember the hammer and chisel. It actually sounds more controlled than a giant knife. If you get professional advice, I hope you’ll report back here : )


Sabrina on Harris Road September 4, 2011 at 10:43 pm

This past week I visited a monastery in California, they were wielding their squash with a hatchet!


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