How to Cut a Cantaloupe

Pre-cut melons may be convenient, but they are pricey. Here is how to safely cut your own.

Cool, sweet hydration. That is what we long for during the dog days of a hot summer. Thankfully, our gardens, U-Pick Farms, and markets are filled with produce, both fruits and vegetables, that are bursting with mouthwatering juices that keep us satisfied.

While a delicious peach or berry is easy to work with, preparing a melon, such as cantaloupe, for a fresh fruit salad requires a little more work, which is why we are often tempted to purchase one pre-cut at the grocery store. Not only is this expensive, but you cannot guarantee that the melon inside the package will be good once you get it home.

Here is an easy method for cutting your own cantaloupe, which not only saves you money, but ensures you are buying a good melon.

How to Cut Cantaloupe

Before you have a melon to cut, you need to pick a good one from the field, farmers' market, or grocery store.

Choose a Good Cantaloupe

If you decide to cut your own melon, make sure you select a good one. There are a few things to look for when choosing a melon at the grocery store or the farmers' market:

  • As with picking any fruit or vegetable, avoid any cantaloupes that have soft spots or bruising.
  • Choose a fruit that feels heavy for its size.
  • Finally, use your sense of smell. When you gently press at the stem end of the melon, it should yield a bit and give off a slightly sweet scent.

How to Cut a Cantaloupe

Now that you have your cantaloupe home, let's get started. You will need a large, sharp knife (a serrated edge works well) and a clean cutting board.

1. Wash the melon: You don't want the knife blade to transfer any bacteria from the outside to the interior of the melon.

2. Dry the melon: Use a lint-free towel to thoroughly dry the outside of the melon.

3. Cut the ends: Once you have dried the cantaloupe, cut a thin slice off of each end of the melon to create two flat surfaces.

4. Remove the rind: Place one flat end of the melon on the cutting board, and start cutting away the rind. Run your knife down the side of the cantaloupe, moving in a c-shaped motion, cutting in wide strips until all of the rind has been cut away. Be careful not to cut away too much of the edible flesh. If some rind remains, go back around with the knife to clean it up.

5. Halve it and remove seeds: Next, cut down through the center of the cantaloupe to create two halves, which will expose the seeds inside the melon. Use a spoon to remove the seeds from the melon, applying just enough pressure to remove the seeds without digging too far down into the melon.

6. Slice it: Flip the cantaloupe halves over, and cut slices (all in one direction) on the melon, then cut slices in the other direction to create chunks.

7. Serve immediately: Or store in an airtight container in your refrigerator.

Tip: This same technique can be used to cut a honeydew or another similar melon.

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