Cutting Watermelon for Quick Treats

With the sun shining and the weather warming up, watermelon comes to mind! Watermelon is a great summertime treat, but also good year round. Watermelon is packed with water and nutrients, contains very few calories, and is exceptionally refreshing making it a perfect snack food.  Below are two quick and easy methods to turn watermelon into easy snacks or finger foods.  Always begin by carefully washing the melon and your hands with clear running water and make sure the work space is also clean to avoid introducing contaminants into the melon flesh.

Watermelon Sticks

Cutting a watermelon into sticks leaves a bit of the watermelon rind on the outside of the slice, thus keeping your hands from becoming too sticky.  Here’s a step-by-step how to:

watermelon cut into one-inch slices Place the cut side of the melon down and cut slices from stem end to blossom end roughly an inch apart.

watermelon cut perpendicular to the first cuts

Next cut slices perpendicular the first slices, also about an inch apart.

watermelon with a stick removedVoila! Watermelon sticks that are easy to serve and  eat.

Watermelon Cubes

quarter of a watermelon with a knife cutting between the flesh and the rind

Start with a quarter of a watermelon. Using a large knife simply cut between the melon flesh and the rind. Start on one side and then move to the other side. The object is to free all the melon flesh from the rind. Do not worry that you will not get every bit of usable melon. You can add that to your cubes when you are finished.

quarter watermelon flesh cut in narrow stripsCut slices from blossom to stem end about an inch apart. Do this on the flat side. Flip to the other flat side and repeat the process.

quarter watermelon cut perpendicular and crosswise through the flesh to create cubes, turned upside down and emptied of the cubsSlice down through the melon from top edge to rind. Turn the melon quarter over and dump out the cubes. Feel free to clean up the rind if you find you have left more melon there than you like.

watermelon cubs Cubes to enjoy!

Once watermelon has been cut, it should be stored in the fridge, tightly wrapped or in an air-tight container.  It will keep well for 3-4 days; after that time it begins to lose it’s freshness as the liquid and sweetness slowly seep out of the flesh.  Over time, it also begins to ferment.

Melon that cannot be eaten within five days to a week, can be frozen.  Remove the rind, cut into pieces, freeze in a single layer on a tray or baking sheet until firm.  Place in an airtight container or bag and freeze up to six months.  The flesh will become soft when thawed so frozen watermelon makes great drinks, smoothies, or ice pops.  Frozen watermelon can also be served as pieces if some ice crystals remain in it to help keep it’s form and a less mushy texture.

Reviewed and updated, 6/2024, mg.

Liz Meimann

I received both my undergraduate and graduate degrees in Food Science at Iowa State University. I love to quilt, sew, cook, and bake. I spent many years gardening, canning, and preserving food for my family when my children were at home.

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