The Basics: Watermelon

How To Slice The Basics. Watermelon By Rebecca Gordon Editor In Chief Buttermilk Lipstick Culinary & Entertaining Techniques Cooking & Baking Tutorials Modern Southern Socials Game Day Tailgating Editorial Director Digital Culinary Photo Journalist TV Cooking Personality Pastry Chef Writer Food Stylist Birmingham Alabama Cooking Essentials

From The Garden

Watermelon

Watermelons can be purchased large or small & if you are not planning on entertaining, some of the more petite sizes are much easier to manage plus they still offer many servings before the quality begins to deteriorate if you plan to hold the slices a few days in the icebox. A personal watermelon is less cumbersome to cut & holds the same desirable characteristics as the mammoth varieties. The flesh is bright, sweet & juicy with a size more in line with cantaloupe & honeydew melons. These smaller watermelons average approximately 5 pounds in weight & are a seedless variety. If there are a few present, they’re edible all the same. Water comprises over 90% of the melon which contributes to the refreshing nature of enjoying this fruit in it’s purest form during the sweltering days of summer. When choosing them for purchase, look for those that are blemish-free. Pick it up. It should feel heavy for its size. Learn how to safely slice a watermelon.

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How To Slice A Watermelon

Watermelons are one of the most iconic warm weather fruits. When chilled, sliced & served, you know summer is in full swing. Accompany with barbecue, grilled hamburgers or chicken for a simple side dish or offer it as a snack or dessert. It can be diced & added to salads or blended into some of the most refreshing beverages & cocktails. 

How To Slice The Basics. Watermelon By Rebecca Gordon Editor In Chief Buttermilk Lipstick Culinary & Entertaining Techniques Cooking & Baking Tutorials Modern Southern Socials Game Day Tailgating Editorial Director Digital Culinary Photo Journalist TV Cooking Personality Pastry Chef Writer Food Stylist Birmingham Alabama

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The Technique

Place a damp kitchen towel under a clean cutting board. This will keep the board stable & prevent it from moving when in use. Place the watermelon over the board & rest it on the stem end as it is more flat making it safer to cut. You can also slice away a small portion to stabilize it, if necessary. Using a chef knife, cut straight down the center of the watermelon from top to bottom 3/4 of the way through the fruit. Spin the melon around & insert the knife blade beginning at the top where the first cut was made to finish slicing it in half. Place half of the watermelon cut side down on the board then slice it into quarters. The quarters can then be sliced into 1 1/2-inch pieces to produce the iconic wedges for serving it as a snack. The rind can be removed with a paring knife by outlining the curve of the pieces. The flesh can then be diced & used for a number of recipe applications, if desired.

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