Sunday, July 15, 2012

Adventures in the Kitchen: Why Didn't I Think of That Part 2

I love finding new ways to do things - especially in the kitchen. Earlier this spring my hubby came up with a creative way to slice strawberries. The other day I was at a friends house and I learned a new way to cut a watermelon that I just had to share with you! This method comes from my good friend Sherah (check out her awesome photography blog {HERE}) and the pictures were take by my super talented photographer sister-in-law Wendy (you can check out her amazing photography blog {HERE}).


I was so thankful Wendy was visiting us when I was cutting the watermelon - not only because she is an amazing photographer, but have you ever tried to take pictures of yourself cutting something...It's not easy!


So here we go - Super easy and relatively clean way to cut a watermelon. 
Start with the melon...
 Cut it in half...
 And then into fourths...
 Taking one of the 4 sections, hold on to the rind so one of the flesh sides is up, make 4 slices (or more) along the length of the melon - do not cut through the rind. 
 Turn melon so the other fleshy side is facing up and repeat the slicing (you can see the first slice marks on the side)
 Then lay the watermelon on the rind and slice from the ridge to the rind (but again not through the rind)
Carefully hold the watermelon over a bowl
 And dump out your cubed watermelon
 TaaDaa!
 You may need to run your knife along the edges to get all the side pieces 
 Or sometimes I use a spoon to make sure I get all the flesh out
That's it! Most of the juice goes into the bowl, so there is minimal mess to clean up, 
and only 4 chunks of rind to throw away. 
This is by far the easiest and 
least messy way to cut watermelon I have ever seen.
Which lease me to wonder - 
Why didn't I think of that?!?

25 comments:

  1. Well you made it look easy ... when I do it it looks like an emergency room visit waiting to happen! Visiting from Under the Table & Dreaming linkup - Have a wonderful week :)

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  2. I have never done it like this. What a great tutorial. Thanks!

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  3. How nifty is that?!! I'd never get to the cube stages, hubby would grab "his" half and take off.

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  4. Great idea...THX for sharing :)
    Have a great week.
    shawn

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  5. Well done.. I can do that. Thanks...ps. I am your new follower.

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  6. super helpful!! just found your blog and wanted to say hello :) please come check out my blog some time :):)

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  7. Well for sure another learning experience. What a neat idea. I eat a lot of watermelon as am diabetic and it is a great snack. I love this party that Kathe has for that reason. Great post.
    QMM

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  8. Great tip! I hate cutting watermelon but I love to eat it! Pinned this for future reference :)

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  9. This is the best idea ever! Thanks for sharing! Now we might eat watermelon more often.

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  10. A very good idea - I do something very similar with avocado but hadn't thought to do it with melon.

    . I found this through Turning the Clock Back's What's Cooking Wednesday. I have linked in an attempt at meatballs. Have a lovely week.

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  11. Fantastic....will be cutting one tonight and I will try it this way. Nice little cubes. I love it.

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  12. What a great idea! Thanks so much for sharing at Mix it up Monday :)

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  13. This is how I cut watermelon as well but instead of cutting crisscross, I just cut one way and end up with triangles. The bite size are great too!

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  14. Well that's just totally awesome! Guess I'm never too old to learn a new trick! Happy to be following you via GFC!

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  15. Well, that just changed my way of doing it! Thank you for sharing. Visiting from Chicken Scratch. Would love it if you would share this at my Make it Pretty Monday party at The Dedicated House. http://thededicatedhouse.blogspot.com/2012/07/make-it-pretty-monday-week-6.html Wishing you a grand rest of the week. Toodles, Kathryn @TheDedicatedHouse

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  16. So what you're telling me is that you aren't supposed to eat a watermelon by the half with a spoon? This is a great tip for fruit salad. Thanks for linking up and supporting my party!

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  17. Brilliant share. Thanks for linking up to our party this week.

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  18. What a great idea, and you made it look so easy! Love the step-by-step tutorial.

    I would love it if you would share this at the Smart Solutions linky party. You can link up here:

    http://theprudentpantryblog.blogspot.com/2012/07/prudent-projects-and-smart-solutions.html

    Have a great day!

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  19. That is awesome, I'm going to have to try that!

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  20. Wow! Less mess? I'm in! Thanks for sharing at the party this week! Your post will be featured when the party starts up on Monday night :-) I can't wait to see what you link up next!

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  21. This was the most-viewed link in my link party! :) What a fun tip- I am featuring it today, along with your strawberry slicing post! :) Thanks for linking up!

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  22. Thanks V! I cut a watermelon today and used your blog to help me! I love that I didn't get watermelon juice all over my counters!!

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