Last week, Alton Brown uploaded a video to his YouTube channel I’m astonished isn’t being talked about more widely. The video's a mere minute long, and it features his pair of man hands using three tools—a 3-inch biscuit cutter, a knife, and an immersion blender—to juice a watermelon.
Brown's methodology is simple: He tilts the watermelon onto its side, punctures the outline of a hole within the melon's bottom using the biscuit cutter, carves the hole out with a knife, and sticks the immersion blender into that resultant orifice. You’re then supposed to let the blender work its magic, pressing and pulverizing the watermelon innards until they turn runny and fluid. It's a process I imagine can be unwieldy, but Brown executes it unerringly.
He pours the juice into a measuring cup, though he recommends using a fine sieve for those who wish to strain the pulp out. Whatever you say, Alton Brown—though I don’t see anything wrong with using the watermelon as a jug.
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Mayukh Sen is a James Beard Award-winning food and culture writer in New York. His writing has appeared in the New York Times, the New Yorker, Bon Appetit, and elsewhere. He won a 2018 James Beard Award in Journalism for his profile of Princess Pamela published on Food52.