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How to Cut a Watermelon into Cubes | Cut and Dump!

How to Cut a Watermelon into cubes that you just cut and dump straight from the rind into a bowl. It’s like magic! Step-by-step instructions and a video included!

a bowl of watermelon

Today I’m teaching you a kitchen basic that’s perfect for summer: How to Cut a Watermelon into Cubes!

How to Pick a Watermelon

  • Pick one that FEELS heavy for its size. This means that there is a lot of good juice and sugar on the inside.
  • Look for a YELLOW spot on the bottom of the watermelon. This is where it sat on the ground, getting ripe and sweet. If the spot is white, it isn’t ripe.
  • Search for a hollow sound when tapping a watermelon.

These tips aren’t guaranteed, but it will help narrow the field to pick a sweet, good watermelon!

How to Store Watermelon

Watermelon is best eaten the day of or after cutting. I find that watermelon gets dull and watery if cut too early. After cutting, store watermelon tightly wrapped in the refrigerator.

Watermelons may be cut cold or at room temperature. After cutting, watermelons should be refrigerated.

If you really want to prolong the integrity of the watermelon, place a small strainer, colander, or trivet (anything that has drainage) into the bowl before storing. This will prevent the watermelon cubes from sitting in the juice and getting diluted/soggy tasting.

Watermelon is best used within 1-5 days after cutting.

a bowl of watermelon cut into cubes

Can you freeze watermelon?

Watermelon can be frozen, though it doesn’t thaw very well. If you freeze watermelon, cut it up first and freeze on a cookie sheet to keep it in individual pieces rather than a large clump. Frozen watermelon will not taste very good thawed, so I recommend eating it frozen or using it in blended drinks.

What to Serve with Watermelon

I love serving Watermelon at a summer bbq because it’s inexpensive, delicious, and everyone loves it! Serve it alongside some of my summertime favorites:

how to cut a watermelon into cubes

I give lots of awesome tips on how to cut fruits and vegetables on Instagram. Come find me there and watch my highlights!

How to Cut a Watermelon Quickly

This is my tried and true method for quickly and easily cutting watermelon into cubes. I’ve taught preteen and teenage girls and young adult men this method and it always blows their mind!

  1. Wash the watermelon by rinsing under cool water. Watermelons may be cut cold or at room temperature. After cutting, watermelons should be refrigerated. Using the sharpest knife you own, slice the watermelon in half through the longest side of the watermelon (usually through or next to the stem).
  2. Take the watermelon half, cut side up, and slice horizontally through the middle (the watermelon will be 1/4 the original size).
  3. Slice off about 2 inches off both ends of the quarter, enough to create a flat surface on either end.
  4. Score the flesh on the cut ends, then slide your knife along the bottom where the red turns into the white part to remove the watermelon from the rind. Discard the rind.
  5. Back to the quarter piece! Rotate the watermelon so that it goes from resting on the curved rind to standing on one of the cut ends.
  6. Place your knife about one inch in, parallel to the end of the outside edge of the watermelon
  7. Firmly slice down about 3-4 times, depending on how large your piece is and how large you like your cubes to be. Make sure you’re cutting deep enough close to the rind.
  8. Rotate the watermelon 90 degrees and do the exact same thing, with your cuts going perpendicular to the previous cuts.
  9. Carefully take the watermelon from the standing position back to its back so it is resting on the rind.
  10. Slice the watermelon into 1 inch cubes, using a rocking motion to slice all the way down close to the rind.
  11. Dump the watermelon cubes into a bowl!
  12. Take the rind and use a sharp knife or paring knife to gently “scrape” and cut the remaining watermelon against the white part of the rind, then dump and repeat with the other pieces.

Watch how to cut a watermelon into cubes

a bowl of watermelon

How to cut a watermelon into cubes

Active Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
Difficulty: easy
Estimated Cost: $5

Watch How to Cut a Watermelon into Cubes the easiest way ever- cut and dump it into a bowl. It's magical how easily you can get perfect cubes of watermelon

Materials

  • One Watermelon, Washed

Instructions

    1. Wash the watermelon by rinsing under cool water. Watermelons may be cut cold or at room temperature. After cutting, watermelons should be refrigerated.
    2. Using the sharpest knife you own, slice the watermelon in half through the longest side of the watermelon (usually through or next to the stem).
    3. Take the watermelon half, cut side up, and slice horizontally through the middle (the watermelon will be 1/4 the original size).
    4. Slice off about 2 inches off both ends of the quarter, enough to create a flat surface on either end.
    5. Score the flesh on the cut ends, then slide your knife along the bottom where the red turns into the white part to remove the watermelon from the rind. Discard the rind.
    6. Back to the quarter piece! Rotate the watermelon so that it goes from resting on the curved rind to standing on one of the cut ends.
    7. Place your knife about one inch in, parallel to the end of the outside edge of the watermelon
    8. Firmly slice down about 3-4 times, depending on how large your piece is and how large you like your cubes to be. Make sure you're cutting deep enough close to the rind.
    9. Rotate the watermelon 90 degrees and do the exact same thing, with your cuts going perpendicular to the previous cuts.
    10. Carefully take the watermelon from the standing position back to its back so it is resting on the rind.
    11. Slice the watermelon into 1 inch cubes, using a rocking motion to slice all the way down close to the rind.
    12. Dump the watermelon cubes into a bowl!
    13. Take the rind and use a sharp knife or paring knife to gently "scrape" and cut the remaining watermelon against the white part of the rind, then dump and repeat with the other pieces.

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Sharon Rausch

Friday 31st of May 2019

Thank you so much for sharing your helpful information. It's very unique post. Good job.

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