Thursday, July 2, 2009

No More Spoiled Watermelon

That wonderful summer treat, watermelon, is packed with vitamins and potassium, and has the distinction of being the leader among fresh foods for lycopene. It's delicious and good for us, too. But half of the last watermelon you bought spoiled and landed in the trash, didn't it?

While there's something fun about biting into a slice of watermelon, there's something annoying about storing that huge melon in the fridge and hauling it out to cut one slice. And in these days of tight budgets, buying a whole watermelon is definitely more cost-effective than buying a plastic container of pre-cut watermelon.

So this time, buy a seedless watermelon and take ten minutes to cut it. You'll be amazed by how fast your family eats it.

Quarter the watermelon on a tray to catch the juices. Using a long knife, slice both cut sides as shown in the photo to the left. Note that it doesn't have to be perfect. Don't cut through the rind, but slice horizontally to the rind on both sides. Next, slice downward over the exposed red edge, pulling the knife through so that it cuts down to the rind, but not through it. Pick up the quarter, position upside-down over a large bowl or container and the pieces will fall out. If any remain, simply run the knife around the edge, just above the rind.

Repeat with each quarter. Store the container in the fridge. It's now easy to add watermelon to meals. Pop a few chunks on a plate next to a sandwich. Serve a bowl at breakfast. And it's a perfect snack for hot days. Plus, that big clunky melon isn't hogging a shelf in your fridge anymore!


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