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.