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Here's the easiest way to cut a watermelon – plus a yummy recipe for a refreshing drink
Watermelons can be awkward to cut. But this technique makes it easy to cut, eat, and store.
Cherie Gozon
08.17.21

It’s summer, and it’s time for watermelons.

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Watermelon season varies across the country. They can be harvested as early as April in Florida, while it grows as late as September in Colorado. Generally, they grow during summer. Just in time for the extreme heat we experience.

The summer heat makes us crave something cold, yummy, and hydrating.

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Watermelons are the healthiest way to beat the heat. It is rich in fiber, phytonutrients that contain antioxidants such as beta carotene and lycopene. It is also rich in Vitamins A, C, and B6. It’s the perfect fruit to keep you hydrated while reducing the risks of certain chronic diseases.

Watermelons can be challenging to slice with that size and shape.

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Thankfully, this video shows us a great way to slice and store watermelons. It’s easier and more organized when you place it in containers. The key is slicing them into squares. We’ll walk you through that.

First, hold the watermelon safely and securely, and cut both ends.

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This makes sure that your watermelon won’t “dance around” too much. Then, cut the watermelon in half. You can slowly slice halfway through one side, then turn the watermelon slowly – still cutting halfway – until you come full circle and have two halves.

Cut each half into a square by slicing out the rind.

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As much as possible, leave as little rind behind and just leaving the watermelon flesh. There will be some rinds left on the edges, so slice them out, too. Don’t worry about all the watermelon taken out with the rind. Set it aside for later.

Slice the watermelon square into the size of the container you’re placing it in.

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You can estimate its measurement by sizing up the thickness of the container and slicing a watermelon a bit smaller than that. This is to make sure that the watermelon sizes would fit well, and you can still cover the container even if it’s full.

Continue slicing the watermelon into bite-sized pieces.

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This is a great way to slice them because it fits well with whenever you need a watermelon. You can snack on them as it is, or you can make a watermelon shake for when the weather is extra hot. These sizes fit in blenders; you just place them in and add your remaining ingredients.

Place them in an airtight container and store them in the fridge.

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So, what happens with those cut-out flesh from the rind? Easy.

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Slice them off the rind.

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Place the leftover watermelon into the blender while leaving a few pieces aside. Blend well. You can add other ingredients that you like, but the watermelon juice itself is good enough.

Get a glass with enough ice.

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Pour the blended watermelon until ¾ the glass. Slice the remaining slices into small watermelon cubes and place them on top of your drink. You can place some mint to add a little kick to your drink.

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There you have it! A delicious and nutritious way to beat the summer heat. Plus, a neat way to slice and store the watermelon that could last you for days.

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By Cherie Gozon
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Cherie Gozon is a contributor at SBLY Media.
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