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Want to know how to slice a watermelon in just minutes? Here are two easy methods for handheld wedges and perfect bite-size cubes.
Hi friends! I am beside myself with excitement to be telling you today about my partnership with Meijer grocery stores. When I tell you that I had no idea what was missing in my life before we moved to Ohio and I discovered Meijer, that is exactly what I mean.
We’ve been in Ohio for over a year now and while I may have had favorite stores in AZ, there was nothing anywhere I’ve been that can compare to both the selection and the prices at Meijer.
Many of you messaged me when I first moved here and told me basically “Go to Meijer asap! You’re going to LOVE it!” And you were 1000% correct. I love Meijer.
We drive about 25 minutes to get to the nearest store, passing several other grocery stores along the way. All I have to say about that drive is that it is truly worth it.
I’d be loyal for their amazing cheese selection alone, but lucky for the rest of my family there’s more than just cheese to love.
The produce is always fantastic. Every. Single. Time. We eat a crazy amount of fresh produce and being able to shop for it all in one place (and consistently find top quality!) is a huge plus.
The fact that they also sell my beloved Certified Angus Beef?? I actually squealed the first time I shopped at Meijer and saw the cases of available C.A.B. meats.
Meijer has every single thing you might need (and more!) to make your 4th of July celebration terrific. From food to games, chairs to tents, grilling equipment to patio furniture – it is all waiting for you there.
The outdoor play promo that’s in stores now has all the games and summer gear you can imagine. We invited another family over and the kids had an absolutely epic water balloon fight.
I picked up a few of these rocking camp chairs for some extra seating on the deck. We did a huge hot dog bar (I can hardly wait to share that with you in a couple of weeks!) with lots of cold side dishes and a massive amount of fresh watermelon.
My guys will happily eat a whole watermelon in just a day or two. And I’m not even going to deny that I can do some real damage to a watermelon all by myself.
Tips For Picking A Great Watermelon
The melon should feel very heavy and dense for its size – this means plenty of water making it juicy.
When you knock on the melon, there should be a hollow sound instead of a dull thud – this means it is full of juice. (This can be kind of hard to determine, but if you get the weird dull sound, you’ll know.)
There should be a yellow or orange spot on the melon – this means it rested on the ground until it was ripe. You also want a duller watermelon – the less ripe melons are shinier.
Lastly, I look for as much webbing (or bee stings – is this an old wives tale?) as possible. I’ve read that the webbing or bee stings are there either because bees can tell when watermelons are ripe or because this is where sugar is seeping out and indicates a sweet melon.
Following those tips, I’ve had great success with selecting watermelons. So, good luck, friends! Here’s to awesome watermelon snacking all summer long.
Two Ways To Slice Watermelon
To slice handheld wedges, slice the melon in half lengthwise. Slice each of those halves in half again lengthwise. Trim and discard the ends. Slice each of the lengthwise sections into thin wedges.
To create bite-size cubes, begin by cutting off both ends of the melon and cut the melon in half. Stand up the melon on one cut end. Cut downward, following the shape of the melon to remove the rind in strips. Repeat and remove any remaining white areas.
(A large mixing bowl next to the cutting board works well for gathering all of the rind pieces.)
Turn the fully “peeled” watermelon on its cut side and slice 1-inch thick slab-like sections. Make a stack of 3-4 at a time and then slice lengthwise into long “sticks.” Turn the cutting board and slice the long stick pieces into cubes.
Two Great Ways To Slice Watermelon
- 1 ripe watermelon
To Make Hand-Held Wedges
- Begin by cutting off both ends of the melon and then slice it in half lengthwise.
- Slice each of those halves in half again lengthwise. Slice each of the lengthwise sections into thin wedges.
To Make Bite Size Cubes
- Begin by cutting off both ends of the melon and cut the melon in half. Stand up the melon on one cut end.
- Cut downward, following the shape of the melon to remove the rind in strips. Repeat and remove any remaining white areas. (A large mixing bowl next to the cutting board works well for gathering all of the rind pieces.)
- Turn the fully "peeled" watermelon on its cut side and slice 1-inch thick slab-like sections. Make a stack of 3-4 at a time and then slice lengthwise into long "sticks." Turn the cutting board and slice the long stick pieces into cubes.
Three Tips For Picking A Great Watermelon1. The melon should feel very heavy and dense for its size - this means plenty of water making it juicy. 2. There should be a yellow spot on the melon - this means it rested on the ground until it was ripe. 3. When you knock on the melon, there should be a hollow sound instead of a dull thud - this means it is full of juice.
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Holly N says
Perfect timing!! Great tips, thanks for this! I notice if I have things prepped, my family eats way more fruits and veggies!
Mary Younkin says
Isn’t that the truth? I love having fruits and vegetables prepped and ready to go in the fridge, Holly.
I love seeing how you do this so easy! Hugs,
Another way to tell if a watermellon is ripe is if it has bee stings. They look like little scratches. If it’s sweet enough for a bee, it’s sweet enough to eat.
Mary Younkin says
Thanks for the tip, Roberta. I just heard that too and tested it with one I bought yesterday. It worked!
Nasia asif says
Like your videos 👍
Mary Younkin says
I’m glad you like them, Nasia.
Can I use iodized salt to replace the kosher salt in any food making
Mary Younkin says
You’ll want to use half as much salt if it isn’t the larger kosher grains, Amanda.