You can refresh yourself after a hot summer's day with a sweet, juicy watermelon without making a mess. Here's how.
Step 1: Cut in half Cut the washed watermelon in half lengthwise.
Step 2: Make lengthwise cuts Take one half with rind side down, and make straight slices one inch apart through the length of the watermelon flesh, without cutting through the rind. Hold the knife at a 45-degree angle to the surface when making the cuts.
Step 3: Turn and repeat Turn the watermelon 180 degrees and run your knife through the same lengthwise cuts again, angling your knife at 45 degrees to the surface. Cutting along the same lines twice in opposite directions ensures that the watermelon is cubed into smaller pieces.
Step 4: Slice into squares Rotate the melon 90 degrees and make evenly spaced slices through it width-wise, cutting all the way to the rind. This should create small cubes of watermelon within the rind.
Step 5: Carve around the rind Run the knife along the inside of the rind to separate the flesh all the way around.
TIP: Avoid cutting into the white pith of the fruit, which is hard and flavorless.
Step 6: Transfer to bowl Scoop the watermelon pieces out and into a bowl and dispose of the remaining liquid and rind. No muss, no fuss.
FACT: Knox City is the official Seedless Watermelon Capital of Texas.