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Be a Fruit Ninja…. Or the Best Way to Cut Up Watermelon

My family and I love watermelon. But, let’s face it. Cutting up a watermelon is a big pain. That is, until you’ve tried cutting it up using an electric knife. I first heard of this method from an episode of Good Eats with Alton Brown, and I have been using it ever since to cut up all kinds of fruit. So, go ahead. Unleash your inner fruit ninja and give it a try!

The first thing you need to do is pick out a watermelon. There are many methods to picking a watermelon.  You may notice people knocking on it to listen for a particular sound or scratching the skin of the watermelon.  The method I use is one that Alton Brown used on Good Eats.  He suggested picking a watermelon that is heavy for its size and has a yellow ground spot (the side of the watermelon that touched the ground as it grew).

IMG_1203What do I mean by “heavy for its size?”  Pick up a few watermelons at the store that seem about the same size.  You will notice that some feel heavier than others.  Buy one of the heavier ones.

Once you have your watermelon, you are ready to cut. Using your electric knife, cut off the top and the bottom of the watermelon.

Then, using your electric knife, start cutting off the rind.

Once all of the rind is removed, you can cut up the watermelon, put it in ziplock bags or plastic containers, and store it in your refrigerator.

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You can use this method to cut other types of melons as well, such as cantaloupes and honeydew melons. I have also had great success cutting pineapple this way.


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I am a husband and a father of two kids with whom I love to cook and eat. In this blog, I hope to share with you not only some of my, as well as my family’s, favorite recipes, but also some interesting things I have learned or done as a husband, father, and cook.

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