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What's the safest way to hack into a watermelon?

I am making Amanda's Watermelon Tomato Salad with Cumin and Fennel Seeds.

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asked almost 4 years ago

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Marian Bull
added almost 4 years ago

with a machete! just kidding. i use the tip of a chef's knife and sort of pry-slice.

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Monita
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added almost 4 years ago

Start with a sharpened chef's knife (the sharper; the safer). First slice off the ends. Then stand the watermelon on one of the ends; use your knife to follow the curve of the watermelon and remove the rind. Flip it onto the other end and do the same thing to remove what you left behind. You can also, cut the watermelon in half and follow the same steps

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SKK
SKK
added almost 4 years ago

Start with a ripe watermelon. Watermelons are mostly water, and if it is ripe it will burst open when you cut into it. Unripe watermelons are problematic. Then follow Monita's advice.

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SeaJambon
added almost 4 years ago

I haven't tried this, but a friend just shared it. Normally, I would use a process very similar to what Monita wrote, but think a picture (actually, video) is worth a thousand words. Note that he fully cuts off rind and has watermelon in chunks in less than 2 minutes... https://www.facebook.com...

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Susan W
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added almost 4 years ago

What an awesome way to cut watermelon for a crowd. My treat would be to grab a spoon and eat the lump at the bottom of each half.