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How To Cube A Watermelon - The Easy Way

By Edited Aug 25, 2015 3 14

Preparing Fresh Watermelon is Easy

Do you get sticker shock when buying prepackaged fruit at the grocery store? Well, you can cut your cost substantially and still enjoy fresh watermelon, honeydew or cantaloupe using this quick and easy method of preparation.

Begin by washing the exterior of the melon thoroughly using a vegetable scrub brush. Dry it off and place it on a cutting board.

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Set out a large container or bowl to hold the cubed pieces. I like to put a couple of grocery store bags inside one another in the sink and use them for the rinds. If you fold the top of the bags down, it helps keep these open for faster disposal. Later, I chop up the rinds into smaller pieces and add them to my compost bin.

Once you've washed and dried the fruit, place it on its flattest side. That's usually the side that stayed on the ground when it was growing.  Choosing a long, serrated knife, cut the melon in half lengthwise all the way down the longest edge.

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Place one half of the melon fruit side down on the cutting board and set aside the other half.

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Now make cuts across the fruit beginning at one end and continue cutting crosswise cuts every one to one and a half inches.

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Continue making cross cuts from one end to the opposite end.

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Taking one wedge, which will resemble a half moon, place it on the cutting board flat side down and insert a pointed knife between the rind and the pink flesh of the fruit, separating the fruit completely from the rind.

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Once the fruit is free from the rind, toss the rind into the plastic bag you've put into the nearby sink. Now cut this section across lengthwise in one inch strips.

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Now, cut it again crosswise to form squares of fruit about one inch square.  There will be some rounded pieces on the edges.

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Using a flat spatula, scoop the finished cubes into the waiting container or bowl.

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Continue separating the fruit from the rind on the remaining slices. After you've finished the first half of the watermelon, you can wrap the other half with plastic wrap and store it in the refrigerator or continue with this method and cut the rest of it using the same method and be done with it. I prefer to cut the entire thing at once to avoid having to clean up a second time.

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I've found out that a whole watermelon will sit in my refrigerator for days and no one bothers to cut it. After I've prepared the fruit and stored it in a covered container, my family heads for it without hesitation.

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The fruit is ready-to-eat and a healthy nutritious snack that I'm happy to see disappear.

 

 

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Comments

Mar 28, 2011 6:47pm
divaonline
Easy instructions and great photos!
Mar 29, 2011 9:27am
thinkwrite17
Thank you diva. It's almost watermelon time. So yummy.
Mar 28, 2011 7:33pm
Deborah-Diane
I agree with Divaonline! Not only are the instructions clear, but the photos make these instructions foolproof! Well done article.
Mar 29, 2011 9:29am
thinkwrite17
Deborah-Diane - Very much appreciated. This method works for Honey Dew melons too, but you have to scoop out the seeds first. Thanks for stopping by and for the nice comments.
Apr 1, 2011 9:20am
Lynsuz
My vote is in too, great article. Thanks for sharing! I'll tweet it.
Apr 2, 2011 9:16am
thinkwrite17
Thank you Lynsuz. You're sweet to tweet!
Dec 15, 2011 2:11am
AuroraWindsor
Great photos. Simple instructions about cubing a watermelon.
Jan 3, 2012 4:22pm
thinkwrite17
Wow. Thank you Aurora. I love your name!
Jan 12, 2012 8:33am
Maxwell
Great and tasty!
Nov 7, 2012 9:22am
thinkwrite17
Nice to see you Maxwell.
Mar 29, 2012 7:30pm
aguy
Mmmmmm......... Watermelon......
Sep 20, 2013 9:57am
thinkwrite17
I love watermelon, too, aguy.
Sep 20, 2013 7:06am
eileen
Great article with simple instructions and lovely photos. I love onions served with my watermelon please.
Sep 20, 2013 9:59am
thinkwrite17
Eileen, Then you would probably love my sauerkraut and pineapple omelettes with onion, too. Hahaha. Thanks for the funny and sweet comment.
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