It is the middle of summer and if Watermelon isn’t on your menu at some point then you should probably be ashamed of yourself. But are you spending extra money buying pre-cut watermelon just to save yourself the hassle? Newsflash! It is possible to cut a watermelon without the mess. I should probably mention less trash as well, since now you have to dispose of that plastic bowl.
Don’t Waste Your Money!
I hate how expensive convenience items can be but I will admit, trying to wrestle a giant watermelon into submission isn’t easy. Luckily there is more than one way to cut a watermelon at home. You can even do it while eliminating waste and not having to spend your entire day cleaning up.
Growing up, every time we ate watermelon it was cut in half and then sliced into wedges. You know old school style. To be honest, it wasn’t even allowed to come inside the house because it was so messy. My grandmother made us eat it outside at the picnic table!
As I got older I searched the internet for different ways to cut up a watermelon without leaving too much on the rind. A friend of mine finally showed me a great trick he used in the restaurant industry. This involved cutting the ends of the melon, removing the rind, and cutting the melon into equal chunks. This was a great method because it resulted in uniform pieces and I didn’t waste a lot of the delicious melon. Unfortunately, it was so messy.
So Many Fruit Tools
Of course, there are melon ballers. These seem to have been a staple in fruit and melon baskets since the 50’s and 60’s. I for one have always found them clumsy and difficult to use. However, I did manage to find a tool I already owned to make small uniform bite sized pieces of watermelon. I should probably mention that it is about ten times easier. An ice cream/cookie dough scoop!
I know this isn’t really a secret because if you own this clever kitchen tool you are probably using it for everything from making cookies to measuring out your hummus. The simple fact is that it works! The only mess I have to clean up from the watermelon is from my initial cut when I cut it in half.
Using the scooper cuts prep time in half and allows me to be enjoying my watermelon in about ten minutes or so. The only clean up I have to do is to carry the two empty watermelon halves out to the trash.
Scoop It Up
While you could use any size that you want I prefer the 1 tablespoon scoop size. You can usually find these anywhere so the next time you are in the kitchen section I recommend that you grab one or two to add to your arsenal. I am actually shocked at how often I use mine, and it is never for ice cream or cookies.
The next time you are contemplating buying a fresh whole watermelon, or a pre-cut bowl that has been sitting there for a few days just remember that it doesn’t have to be difficult. You can cut a watermelon without the mess in less than ten minutes.
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