We recently spent a few fun days at a family reunion. At one of the meals we had watermelon as I’m sure many people do at a large gathering. When I saw my kids eating it I thought, what a smart idea! Why didn’t I think of this way to cut a watermelon? You know I love easy recipes so of course I would love this easy watermelon preparation and delivery.
Before we cut the watermelon we need to pick the best watermelon. When you walk into the grocery store or farmers market you will find many grouped together. You want to pick the best one but how do you know?
How to pick the best watermelon.
There are four things to look for to choose the best watermelon.
- Dull looking – A shiny watermelon may be under ripe.
- Yellow patch – A yellow patch means it was sitting on the ground for a long time and therefore ripe.
- Thump – A ripe watermelon should have a deep hollow sound.
- Heavy – It should feel heavy for its size.
Once you find just the right firm watermelon now you have to decide how to cut a watermelon. The typical wedges are easy to cut and may seem easy to eat at the tip but when you get into the curved part it gets all over your mouth. You end up with a watermelon mustache! These watermelon spears are easy to cut and easy to eat.
- Cut the watermelon in half. Place the cut side down on a cutting board.
- Slice the watermelon every 2″.
- Cut the watermelon in the opposite direction every 2″.
- Separate the columns and you now have watermelon spears!