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Sep 9, 2007 05:30 PM

Cleaning a Watermelon - Why didn't I think of this?

I had half a watermelon sitting in the fridge that I needed to slice and store away. I was not looking forward to the task ahead, as I always make a mess slicing, cutting the rind off and chopping into pieces. The juice gets everywhere, and it always ends up taking more time than it should.

Then, Mr. B turned to me and said, "Why don't you use an ice cream scoop?"

Well, duh! Why hadn't I thought of that? Five minutes later, the half melon was scooped out and packed away without much of a mess and little waste.

I tell you, he's a genius!

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    1. re: bryan

      A melon baller would take a lot longer...I love the ice cream scoop idea!

      1. re: writergirl

        ack! i *love* it! thanks for such an ingenious little post! i can use this on honeydews, cantaloupes, etc as well. too bad it's so late in the season now, but i suppose this will make for a less sticky summer of 2008.

    2. why don't you just cut the ends off and then stand it up and cut the rind off. DONE

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      1. re: lauercrnsw

        yes, but cutting the watermelon into cubes is still a messy process. an icecream scoop= no juices running all over the place. capiche?

        1. re: tinymango

          Exactly. The juice still runs all over the counter.

      2. or you could do what I just do...cut the watermelon in half, put it on a plate, place in front of you, and eat it with a spoon. I do this while I'm watching tv and when I'm done...I just cover with plastic wrap and throw it in the fridge. This is most enjoyable while watching korean or japanese dramas (:

        I can eat half a watermelon in about 1 or 2 sittings. Good thing the restroom is right around the corner, cause I have to make frequent stops .......

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          1. re: bitsubeats

            When I was a kid and mom was cutting into a new watermelon, we would always fight over who got to eat the "bowl" (i.e., the first slice of the rounded end) rather than a regular slice. Now I love those baby watermelons because it is all bowl.

          2. You can also cut the watermelon into regular eating slices, rind and all, then cut the slice down vertically into three pieces then cut horizontally into appropriate size cubes. Discard the rind when done, or rub over your face as sort of a skin cleansing/exfoliator - remember to wash it off. I find cutting the rind by itself unnecessarily messy, so I figured out that way as a substitute.

            My mom gets driven absolutely nuts when my brother digs into a watermelon with a spoon - it's bizarre to see a hollowed out watermelon in the fridge!