Learn how to cut watermelon cubes. If you’re looking to cube watermelon into pretty bite-sized pieces but don’t know where to start this guide will walk you through how to cube a watermelon in just a few easy steps.
Watermelon is a very popular fruit in the summer. Once I learned how to easily cut this sweet fruit, I started buying it much more often. We love eating it plain or dipping it in Yogurt Fruit Dip and Fruit Dip with Cool Whip.
How To Cut A Watermelon Into Cubes
To begin, cut the watermelon in half using a sharp knife. Lay one half of the watermelon onto the cutting board with its flat side facing down. Shift the watermelon onto its side and proceed to cautiously trim off the top outer rind. Gently return the watermelon to the cutting board, flat side down. Next, remove the remaining outer rind, working on one manageable section at a time until the entire rind has been eliminated.
Cut the watermelon into slices that are about 1-inch thick. Start by slicing from left to right. Utilize half of these sections while moving the other half aside.
Flip the watermelon onto its side and slice it once more into 1-inch sections from left to right. Afterward, rotate the watermelon by half and cut again into 1-inch sections, resulting in cubic shapes. This process should be repeated with the other section of the sliced watermelon. Alternatively, you can cover the remaining half of the watermelon and store it in the refrigerator for future use.
Once again, rotate the watermelon by half and proceed to cut it into 1-inch sections, creating cubes. This action is repeated with the other section of sliced watermelon. For the unused half of the watermelon, you can choose to cover it and store it in the refrigerator for later use or slice it the same way.
Tips and Tricks
- Choose a Ripe Watermelon: Look for a watermelon that is symmetrical, without dents or bruises. It should have a dull, matte finish and a uniform shape. A yellow spot on the underside indicates ripeness from sitting on the ground.
- Use the Right Knife: A large, sharp chef’s knife is ideal for cutting watermelon. Make sure it’s clean and well-sharpened to ensure clean cuts.
- Steady Cutting Surface: Place a damp cloth or a silicone mat under the cutting board to prevent it from slipping while you’re cutting.
- Secure the Watermelon: To make cutting safer, you can cut a thin slice off one side of the watermelon to create a flat surface. This will prevent it from rolling while you’re trying to cut it.
- Safety First: Always exercise caution while handling the knife. Keep your fingers and hands clear of the blade’s path to avoid accidents.
- Trim the Ends: Before cutting, trim a small slice off both ends of the watermelon. This will create a stable base for cutting and make it easier to slice.
- Cubing Technique: When cutting the watermelon into cubes, remember that you can adjust the cube size by altering the width of your initial sections. Wider sections result in larger cubes, while narrower sections create smaller cubes.
- Chill for Refreshment: Chilled watermelon is delicious and refreshing, especially on hot days. Consider placing the cubed watermelon in the refrigerator for a while before serving.
- Storage: If you’re not using all the watermelon at once, store the remaining pieces in an airtight container in the refrigerator. This will help keep the watermelon fresh and prevent it from absorbing odors from the fridge.
- Experiment with Presentation: Watermelon can be used in various dishes and presentations. Try mixing it with other fruits, adding a sprinkle of salt or a drizzle of lime juice for a different flavor profile.
- Freeze for Treats: You can freeze watermelon cubes and use them as ice cubes in drinks or blend them into refreshing watermelon sorbet.
Keep It Simple: While fancy cuts and presentations can be impressive, sometimes a simple bowl of cubed watermelon is all you need for a delicious treat.
This depends on how long it took the watermelon to travel to your store or farmers market. Watermelons have a shelf life of 3-4 weeks.
A cut watermelon keeps for about 3 days refrigerated.
You can store an uncut watermelon on your counter, but a cut watermelon must be refrigerated.
Pick up the watermelon and inspect it. It should be very heavy for its size and have a creamy yellow portion from where it sat on the ground to ripen.
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How To Cut A Watermelon into Cubes
- Cutting Board and Large Chef's Knife
- storage container
- 1 large watermelon
- ⭐️Cut the watermelon in half. Place half of the watermelon onto the cutting board, flat side down. Turn the watermelon onto its side and carefully slice off the top outside rind. Flip the watermelon back onto the cutting board. Start cutting off the outside rind one section at a time until all the rind is removed.1 large watermelon
- ⭐️Cut into sections. Cut the watermelon into 1-inch thick sections going from left to right. Take half of the sections, moving the other half out of the way.
- ⭐️Flip the melon and cut it into sections. Flip the watermelon onto its side. Cut the watermelon again from left to right in one-inch sections. Turn the watermelon halfway and cut again into one-inch sections, creating cubes. Repeat with the other section of sliced watermelon along with the other half of the watermelon, or cover that half and store in the refrigerator for future use.
- ⭐️Turn and cut into cubes. Turn the watermelon halfway and cut again into one-inch sections, creating cubes. Repeat with the other section of sliced watermelon along with the other half of the watermelon, or cover that half and store in the refrigerator for future use.