Learn how to cut a whole watermelon into cubes, spears, and slices for snacking and to use in all of your favorite recipes. We’ll even teach you how to pick one out!
You know it’s summertime when the grocery stores are stocked with whole watermelon! Watermelon truly is the perfect summer snack. It is juicy, refreshing, and perfectly crisp. Our family just can’t get enough! Cutting a watermelon, however, can seem daunting. We’re here to walk you through it step by step, and it is so much easier than you think! You’ll never have to buy pre-cut watermelon again!
How to pick a ripe watermelon:
There are a few ways to tell if a watermelon is ripe:
- If you hold it against your belly and give it a pat, you should feel a good thump against your belly.
- The webbing should be larger. Smaller and tighter webbing means it was picked too soon and will not be as sweet.
- The underside spot where the watermelon sat on the ground should be large and yellow or gold, not small or white.
- It should smell slightly sweet.
- It should feel heavy for its size.
- Rounder is better than elongated.
Store cut watermelon in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.
An uncut, whole watermelon can be stored on the countertop for up to 2 weeks.
Freezer Instructions for cut watermelon:
Place your cubed watermelon in a single layer onto a baking sheet lined with parchment paper and place in the freezer. Once frozen, remove cubed watermelon and place into a ziplock bag before then returning back to the freezer. Cut watermelon stored in the freezer should last for up to 3 months.
If you like this recipe, you may be interested in these other delicious watermelon recipes:
How To Cut a Watermelon
- 1 Watermelon
Triangles with Rind
- Start by cutting off about 1-inch slices off of both ends of the watermelon. Try to cut as evenly as possible.
- Stand the watermelon on one of the blunt ends and cut the watermelon in half length wise, top to bottom.
- Cut the halves into halves so now you have 4 quarters.
- Lay one of the quarters, rind side down on a cutting board. Using a sharp knife, carefully cut the watermelon slices to the thickness you desire.
- Repeat with the remaining quarters.
Rindless cubes or sticks
- Start off by cutting both ends of the watermelon off to make blunt ends, about an inch worth.
- Stand the watermelon upright and using a long, sharp knife, carve down all the sides of the watermelon rind only cutting off the skin, about an inch deep. Repeat all the way around the watermelon until all that is left is the pink watermelon flesh.
- Once all of the rind is carved off, cut the watermelon into half and then into quarters.
- You can cut into smaller cubes or longer watermelon sticks at this point.