How to Cut a Watermelon Without Making a Mess

Wherever you are in the world, once you see a watermelon, you instantly get a sense of fun and excitement! The best thing about this delicious fruit is that it never lets you down. You can eat it, drink it, freeze it, blend it – the possibilities are limitless.

Before all that, you have to cut it first, which takes time and makes a big mess! Many people ask us, “How to cut a whole watermelon?”

Cheer up, i’m here to show you10 easy steps that can help you enjoy this appetising fruit without making a mess.

10 Easy Steps to Cut Up a Watermelon Mess-Free

Don’t let a watermelon’s tough exterior deter you. Learning how to properly cut a watermelon is pretty easy. Let’s get started.

Step 1: Get Your Materials Ready

To cut up a watermelon, you’ll need a few materials, which you probably have at home anyway. Here they are:

  • A watermelon
  • A chef’s knife to cut the watermelon
  • A paring knife to cut it out watermelon slices
  • A thick tea towel to soak up the mess
  • A flat tray or large dish to slice on (optional)
  • A large bowl
  • Plastic wrap to cover the bowl and keep the watermelon slices fresh

Step 2: Wash the Watermelon with Soap and Water

Washing the watermelon may seem counterintuitive. After all, you’re not eating the skin. Yet, it’s still considered safer because the skin may have soil-borne bacteria. It can latch onto the knife, then, find its way into the fruit.

Step 3: Prepare Your Workplace

Prepare your work area to avoid having things get in your way. It also reduces the mess and the hassle of clean-ups.

Start by spreading out the towel. Some people also lay a tray or a large, flat dish over the towel, but that’s up to you.

Step 4: Slice it Up

This is our take on how to cut a watermelon easy and with no-fuss. It’s also how to cut a round watermelon, and also how to cut mini watermelon.

Place the watermelon on its side. Using the large chef’s knife, make a slice right down the middle.

With this next step, you have two choices:

  1. You can leave it in two halves. Place the cut side down and chop it like an onion.
  2. Continue cutting the watermelon into round slices that are 1.5 to 2 inches apart.

Step 5: Rotate and Cut

Whichever technique you choose, the only way to properly cut a watermelon is to rotate it. Then pull the knife down as far as it’ll go.

Repeat this step as many times as you need until the whole slice separates from the melon. Do this with all the slices until the entire watermelon has been cut up.

This is a great time to show you how to cut a watermelon into wedges.

  1. Using the round slice technique, start from the middle and cut outward, like cutting up a pizza. Make them about half an inch to 1 inch apart.
  2. If you halved the melon, you can have wedges if you cut each half in a crisscross fashion.

Step 6: Slice Around the Inside

Now, let’s say you’re cutting the melon into round slices. Take each of the slices and make short, straight cuts all the way around using the small paring knife.

Rotate the watermelon slice for a smoother, more efficient cut. Once you’ve cut all the way around, the circle of melon will pop right out. You’ll be left with a round and empty shell of watermelon skin. This is also how to cut a small watermelon.

Step 7: Get Creative!

Now that you have a whole circle of fresh melon, you can cut it up any way you want. There’s no limit to what you can do with this delectable piece of fruit.
Here are a few ideas to help get you started.

How to Cut a Watermelon into Cubes

Take your thick watermelon round slice and make lengthwise cuts. Turn the circle 180 degrees, and run your knife lengthwise once again.

Bear in mind that the distance between each cut will determine the thickness of the cubes. How to cut a watermelon into cubes is one of the easiest ways to enjoy this delicious fruit.

How to Cut a Watermelon into Sticks

Take a round chunky slice of watermelon. Make several lengthwise cuts. Don’t make them too close together because you don’t want your watermelon sticks to be too thin.

Turn the circle 180 degrees. Make a lengthwise cut only once in the middle.

Some people stick them on popsicle sticks or skewers before serving.

How to Cut a Watermelon into Triangles

Take your round watermelon slice. Draw triangles with the tip of your knife. Once you’ve decided on the size of your triangles, start cutting.

As with the watermelon sticks, you can put them on skewers or popsicle sticks to add to the enjoyment.

Step 8: Dig In!

When you’re done slicing and shaping your watermelon, place all the pieces in individual serving bowls. Add some forks and enjoy the fruits of your labor.

If there are any pieces left, place them in a large bowl, cover with plastic wrap, and put in the fridge. The plastic wrap helps preserve the freshness for longer. You can even freeze leftovers to make watermelon sorbet.

Pro-tip: A common question is: how to ripen a watermelon after it’s cut? Watermelon doesn’t ripen once it’s been harvested. Yet, it can get a bit mushy after cutting into it. The best way to avoid mushy melons is to place them in the fridge for no longer than two days.

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