Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Watermelon Jelly Time!

I wrote that to the tune of Peanut Butter Jelly Time, but now that I re-read it, it makes me wonder about making watermelon jelly.  Not sure if its possible, but I like the idea of it.  Mmm... it would be refreshing, sweet, and thicker than I can think of how to make it.  Guess it'll stay in make-believe land for now.  But I do want to share something with you on this How Tue(sday).  Hehe... I like it, but I don't think I made it up.  Pretty sure I stole it from The Lettered Cottage.

So, what is today's How To?  Today, on this first Tuesday after the unofficial start of Summer, we're appropriately going to cover ...

How To Cube A Watermelon
An ancient technique taught to me by SandraDarling, a sweet friend-o-mine!

Its going to be a little picture heavy, but all the better to instruct you with, my dear.

And we're off.

First, cut your watermelon in half.

Then, cut it in half again, and then in half again.
No, I'm not stuttering, you heard me.
And don't ask me to say it again, I don't chew my cabbage twice.

Pick one of the 3 "faces" and cut parallel (yeah, its a math term. Sue me.) lines
the width you want your watermelon cubes to be.

Turn your watermelon half-of-a-half-of-a-half a quarter turn.
Its not essential, but I suggest clockwise.
Counter-clockwise if you're in the Southern Hemisphere.

Once you've turned it, cut more parallel lines just like last time.
This is how I hold the watermelon when I cut it.
In case you want to be like me and do the things I do.

See, at this point, you've got lines cut on two of the faces, both running parallel to one of the sides.

At this point, you'll want to have a container at the ready to drop your beautiful little candy cubes into.
Mmm... I love watermelon.
Handsome thinks it tastes a little bit like pumpkin.  He's so weird.

Finally, cut some lines parallel to the third face.  

And boom.
Out they fall.
Tilt the watermelon some to make them fall out.
Beware the juice that flows like milk and honey, except more like juice.

When you're done, this is what will be left.
Yes, there is some waste, but you can either get all frugal on me and cut it closer,
but then you'll get some not-so-wonderful-tasting pieces.
Or, you could go all granola instead and say to yourself,
"Self, this is just more for the compost pile."
And then throw it in the garbage that goes to the dump.
However you want to play it.
There.  You've been educated.  Don't you feel smarter already?

You're so smart.  Now go get a watermelon.  I know I am.

Fruit stands are my favorite,


  1. A few things:

    1. I didn't do any major redesigning on my blog; just updated the "extras" along the side a bit.

    2. Your mother and I were talking at dinner about this watermelon cutting technique, and I said I thought I had learned it from SandraDarling (great moniker, btw), but I couldn't remember how to do it. Thanks for the refresher course.

    3. I don't begrudge your sneaky math antics at all. When you said something about lines running parallel to each side of the melon, my first thought was "and/or perpendicular to one another." I also actually clicked the link to the wiki article about the knapsack problem a while back... and I found it very interesting. You have changed me.

  2. Dang it... I jut cut my watermelon minutes ago and mine didnt go anything like yours...next time :)

  3. Anonymous5/31/2011

    Hi my friend. I see you have changed things up a little. I only quarter mine. I cut my mellon in half, and then cut the halfs in half. I also cut the watermellon off the rind(is that the right word)firts,then allowing the watermellon to lay in the rind I cut it into cubes. Love that you give me credit for showing you this :)


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