How to cut watermelon into sticks is the easiest, mess-free method to serve watermelon. It’s a big hit with children! You’ll see how to do it with photos and a video.
Hold something back. This is an excellent trick for entertaining kids.
After catching up and eating some food, if there is a lull or the children need to be distracted, I suggest pulling out something that will delight them.
Spoiler Alert: It’s usually more food
You can give the kids a tray of cookies with icing, fruit, and sugar that they must assemble before eating, or you can serve an appetizer with a round of cocktails after dinner for the adults.
You can also serve a platter of sticks. These mess-free and easy-to-eat spears will be a big hit with your guests. They are even simple to cut!
The Perfect Entertaining Idea
Every time I serve watermelon to a group or guest, I always get a “WOW!” and let’s face it, that is a great feeling. Being presented with watermelon sticks instead of the usual cubes or wedges is a pleasant surprise.
This method makes it easy to eat watermelon. How often have you seen someone eat a watermelon slice with dignity? 😉
Watermelon sticks are also a favorite among kids. As a mom, I like that they are less messy than watermelon wedges, which always end up with sticky watermelon smiles.
How can you tell if the watermelon is ripe?
Before you slice your watermelon, it is essential to choose a quality watermelon. Watermelon, unlike other melons such as cantaloupes, does not continue to mature after harvest. Therefore, choosing a good watermelon from the start will ensure success.
How to choose a ripe melon
- Field Spot: Look for a watermelon with a sizeable yellow-orange spot on the field. This indicates that it has been ripening for some time in the sun. A field spot that is light yellow, green, white, or even white means it was picked too early and likely not ripe.
- Weight: Choose a watermelon that feels heavy for its weight, as it is very juicy.
- Webbing Normally, imperfections are imperfect, but watermelon with webbing is usually sweeter.
- Dullness Similarly, a dull dark watermelon indicates that it has been ripening under the sun for a more extended period than a shiny and smooth watermelon.
- Avoid watermelon that has dents, lumps, or bruises. While webbing, matte finishes, and watermelon without cuts, bumps, and bruises are preferred, they should be avoided.
Expert Cutting Techniques
Here are some of my top tips on how to cut a watermelon.
- Wash and dry the watermelon. Before slicing your watermelon, it’s best to wash and then dry it. The watermelon may be dirty from the field. Also, think of all the hands who have inspected it in the store based on the criteria above.
- Stabilize your cutting board. Wet the paper towel, wring it out, and place it under the board to prevent it from sliding and moving. A kitchen towel is also handy to absorb any watermelon liquid.
- Select a large cutting board. Make sure you have enough space to cut!
- Select the right knife. A long chef’s blade is better than a paring or serrated knife. To prevent injuries or accidents, a sharp knife is essential.
- How to cut watermelon sticks
- Slice the watermelon in half width-wise vs length-wise/stem-to-stem.
- Let’s go!
How to Cut Watermelon Sticks: Step by step
You should watch this video if you are a visual learner!
Step 1: Wash the watermelon and dry it.
Remove any loose dirt on the exterior.
Step 2: Cut it in half.
Watermelon can be cut in half length-wise or stem-to-stem, but it is best to do so width-wise. One watermelon is cut side down and placed on a large board. Set the other half aside.
Step 3. Step 3.
Slice off the four sides of the watermelon’s rind with a sharp knife, but leave the top hull intact.
Step 4: Cut the watermelon.
Cut the watermelon into slices of 1 inch.
Step 5 – Slice in the opposite direction.
Turn all the watermelon pieces or rotate the board 180 degrees, then cut 1″ slices the other way to create a grid.
Voila! Watermelon sticks. This is the easiest and quickest way to cut watermelon to serve to a group or as a snack!
How to store and freeze
Place the watermelon in a large bowl or platter, arrange them, and then cover the dish with plastic wrap or glad ware. Refrigerate up to 24 hours before serving. Chilling the watermelon before slicing it so it is not at room temperature is best.
- What do you do with leftovers? Cube leftover watermelons and store them in an airtight container. Add to salads or fruit dishes. You can also add it to juices, smoothies, and cocktails.
- Freezing: Cube leftover watermelons and place them in a single, non-touching layer on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Then, freeze. (Do not skip the parchment; the watermelon may freeze in the pan. The frozen cubes can be transferred to a Ziplock bag and frozen flat.
You MUST return and let me know your thoughts if you freeze watermelon. The frozen watermelon cubes look so bizarre!
This tutorial on cutting watermelon sticks is helpful whether serving it to your family or at your next get-together or party.