Wondering how to cut watermelon? Here’s is the best way to cut a watermelon into wedges, cubes, sticks, rounds, stars, and balls!
First read how to pick a watermelon and then, before slicing into it, think about what you plan to use the watermelon for. Wedges and sticks are great for eating with your hands.
Watermelon cubes, stars, and balls are often eaten with a fork. And watermelon rounds are typically cut when trying to make specific shapes or for when making fruit pizzas.
How To Cut Watermelon
Watermelon wedges or triangles is the classic way to slice a watermelon. It’s what we picture when someone mentions watermelon at a picnic in the summer!
Use a long, sharp, sturdy knife to cut the watermelon in half lengthwise. Then, slice each piece in half again so that you have four equal sections.
Now, turn a section onto its side and divide the section into wedges. You can make them as thick or as thin as you want.
If you need pointier triangles, cut each wedge in half.
Another way to make wedges is to cut the watermelon into rounds (see below for directions) and then each round into triangles.
If you want to be able to easily eat watermelon with a fork, then cubes are the way to go.
To make cubes, use a long, sharp, sturdy knife to cut the watermelon in half widthwise. Then, slice each piece in half again so that you have four equal sections.
Now take one of the sections and make two or three evenly spaced lengthwise slices in the flesh. Turn the wedge and do the same to the other side.
Next, make several evenly spaced widthwise cuts starting from the pointed top of the flesh all the way down to the rind.
Finally, slice along the rind on both sides to free the watermelon cubes and dump them into a bowl.
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Kids love to eat watermelon cut into sticks. With watermelon sticks, you don’t need silverware and there is a small piece of rind that you can hold onto while eating it.
To make sticks, use a long, sharp, sturdy knife to slice the watermelon in half widthwise.
Now, turn one of the watermelon halves over so that the cut side is down. Make evenly spaced cuts all of the way across the watermelon. Then, turn and make evenly spaced cuts in the opposite direction.
You can slice a watermelon into rounds or circles and use them for making fruit pizza or as a starting point for other shapes.
To make rounds, lay the watermelon on its side and use a long, sharp, sturdy knife to cut evenly spaced widthwise slices from the watermelon.
Watermelon Stars and Other Shapes
Kids love eating anything cut into shapes. It’s super easy to use cookie cutters to make watermelon stars and other shapes.
Follow the instructions above to make rounds. Then, lay a round slice flat on a cutting board and use a small star cookie cutter to cut shapes from the watermelon flesh.
Sometimes it’s fun to get fancy and use a melon baller to make watermelon balls.
Cut the watermelon in half and then use a melon ballers to scoop out balls of watermelon.
Watermelon balls are often served in a melon salad with other kinds of melon balls such as cantaloupe and honeydew.
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