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How to Cut & Store Watermelon

by
author image Jackie Lohrey
Based in Green Bay, Wisc., Jackie Lohrey has been writing professionally since 2009. In addition to writing web content and training manuals for small business clients and nonprofit organizations, including ERA Realtors and the Bay Area Humane Society, Lohrey also works as a finance data analyst for a global business outsourcing company.
How to Cut & Store Watermelon
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Watermelon is a “vitamin” food. One serving per day provides a healthy dose of Vitamin A and C, a good helping of vitamin B6 and higher levels of the carotenoid lycopene than any other fruit or vegetable. Besides its health benefits, watermelon has a sweet taste and with a water content of 92 percent, a light texture that makes eating fun. Cutting watermelon is messy but not difficult once you get past the outer rind. Storage methods and time frame depends on whether you store it whole or cut up.

Cut Wedges

Step 1

How to Cut & Store Watermelon
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Set the watermelon under cold running water and wipe the outside to remove any dirt or residue clinging to the outside rind. Pat with a clean, dry towel or paper towels.

Step 2

How to Cut & Store Watermelon
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Slice off both ends using a sharp knife in back-and-forth sawing motion.

Step 3

How to Cut & Store Watermelon
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Cut the watermelon in half, lengthwise, again using a back-and-forth sawing motion.

Step 4

How to Cut & Store Watermelon
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Lay each half with the flat, or cut side down and cut each half in half by making another lengthwise cut. You now have four watermelon halves.

Step 5

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Cut each half into slices about 1 to 1 1/2 inches thick to create wedge-shaped pieces.

Cut Cubes

Step 1

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Wash the watermelon and slice off both ends.

Step 2

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Stand the watermelon up on one cut end. Starting at the top and working your way to the bottom, cut the rind away using a sawing motion with your knife. Give the watermelon a quarter turn and repeat the process. Continue turning and slicing until you remove the entire rind.

Step 3

How to Cut & Store Watermelon
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Lay the rindless watermelon lengthwise and cut it in half. Then, cut each half into three to four pieces.

Step 4

How to Cut & Store Watermelon
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Cut each piece, one at a time, into slices 1- to 2-inches thick. Then turn the slices and make another series of 1- to 2-inch thick slices to make watermelon cubes. Remove seeds using the tip of your knife.

Store Watermelon

Step 1

How to Cut & Store Watermelon
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Set an uncut watermelon in a dark, cool location for no longer than about four days. If you need to store for a longer period, transfer the watermelon to your refrigerator.

Step 2

How to Cut & Store Watermelon
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Wrap a cut watermelon half tightly with plastic wrap and store in your refrigerator for up to three days.

Step 3

How to Cut & Store Watermelon
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Store cut watermelon pieces in an airtight container in your refrigerator. The sooner you eat it, the better.

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