When I was young, I remember summer family parties where the dads would lay on the ground, a quartered watermelon laying in front of them, and they’d race to finish first. I’m not sure if my dad won, but I do remember them being hosed off afterwards. I can’t even imagine eating that much watermelon or that fast. I get the bloated watermelon stomach if I eat too much; maybe you know what I’m talking about, right? That being said, during watermelon season, I can’t come home from the grocery store without a watermelon.
There is nothing better than eating cold watermelon. Except being able to skin it neatly, too.
My dad is awesome at coming up with tricky ways to make you look extra fancy in the kitchen. One of these was how to shuck corn. So smooth and clean. The other is how to skin a watermelon.
This might be a surprise to you that a watermelon can even be skinned and still come out looking good (and you retain all your fingers). I thought this was so clever.
Begin by chopping your watermelon in half, ninja style preferred with an included hi-yah!
Stand the watermelon on the flat side and using your largest knife, begin by carving a large slice vertically off your watermelon. This first slice might have more red fruit on it than you’d like, but it’s ok, it’s the first slice. From here, you’ll be able to see where you’re slicing at.
Continue to slice down vertically, leaving the end cap on the melon, going around the whole watermelon. Discard your rind as you go to minimize the mess.
Once the side rind is all cut off, slice off the end cap. Your watermelon should look perfectly skinned now. If you are into backwash, you could serve it like that in the middle of a table and share with friends – spoons sticking off the top or sides to serve. I’m not quite that daring…or into that. I have a 2-year-old.
Your watermelon is now cubed! Transfer to a bowl by handfuls or scoopfuls at a time.
For the spear method, once your watermelon is skinned and ready to be sliced, SKIP the horizontal slices and just do the criss-cross vertical slices. It’s a fun way to eat it and would look really good lined up with pineapple spears.
Who knew that cutting watermelons could be so rewarding?!