Learn how to cut a watermelon! We show you how to cut a large watermelon with step by step photos and video showing how to cut a watermelon.
How to pick out a watermelon
We love to go to pick your own farms and that means we get a truly fresh picked watermelon. Here are some tips to pick out a watermelon and what we look for:
- Uniform Size
- Look for the golden yellow to orange field spot. This is from the watermelon resting on the ground. An underripe melon will not have a field spot. White is not ripe.
- If picking off the vine, the watermelon should come off easily with a twist.
- Look at the stripes. There should be a contrast between the stripes and the melon.
- Webbing, scars, if the pollinators wanted it, you’ll enjoy it!
- The stem area should be dried out and depressed. If it’s protruding and green, the watermelon wasn’t picked when ripe.
- Tap the watermelon. Many people like to tap a watermelon as it will make a deep sound if it’s ripe, and if it’s overripe, it will sound hollow.
How to cut a watermelon
First, wash and dry your watermelon. Why wash if you’re not eating the skin? You’ll cut the bacteria into the flesh when you cut into the skin.
You will need a cutting board and a sharp knife. Place the cutting board on a flat surface and hold onto the melon while cutting.
Once your watermelon is washed, you can start cutting; the first cut is on the bottom. When you do this, you want to create a flat base so the melon can stand up without wobbling or rolling off.
After you cut the bottom, you can repeat on the other side and cut off the top.
Now, you can stand the watermelon up on a sturdy base.
Take your knife and start to cut off the rind.
Get as close to the rind as possible, but ensure you’re cutting off most of the green rind and white flesh. Try not to cut off too much of the watermelon’s red flesh.
Keep slicing until all of the watermelon rind is removed. Then, you can cut the watermelon in half.
Then, place half of the watermelon onto a clean surface, like a low bowl or plate.
Slice the watermelon in half again. Then, make vertical slices and then horizontal slices to create watermelon chunks.
When you cut up fresh fruit at home, you’ll have more, too!
Store in a large container with a lid or a reusable silicone bag in the refrigerator.
Can you freeze watermelon?
Yes! If you can’t finish your fresh-cut watermelon, you can freeze it for later. We usually use frozen watermelon for sorbet, watermelon salad, smoothies, slushies, or snacking on frozen. Check out our Alkaline Smoothie.
Watermelon recipes to try
How to Cut a Watermelon
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- 1 watermelon
- Wash and dry the watermelon.
- Make the first cut on the bottom of the watermelon. Repeat on the other side and cut off the top.
- Stand the watermelon up and then start slicing off the rind from top to bottom. Get as close to the rind as possible, but ensure you're cutting off most of the green rind and white flesh, not the red flesh.
- Next, cut the watermelon in half and place one half on a clean surface or plate.
- Slice the watermelon in half again. Then, make vertical slices and then horizontal slices to create watermelon chunks. Place the chunks into a large plastic bowl.
- Store in a large container with a lid or a reusable silicone bag in the refrigerator and enjoy within 3-4 days.
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