This is a true story, I’m sure of it.
I heard from a friend who heard from a friend that a lady was at the supermarket asking a clerk to cut up the watermelon she was buying.
This poor woman is probably a mom who has no time to watch cooking shows.
Before I had kids, I thought I was tired. At least I had time and energy to watch TV and cutting a melon is a technique I learned from Alton Brown.
I love Alton Brown.
Who else can teach a science lesson at every meal?
Or perhaps this woman does not own a sharp knife. Which is my #1 requirement for cutting anything in the kitchen.
Any knife not to this standard is cast away to the knife boneyard that I will someday repurpose to teach my girls the fine art of knife throwing.
Important life skills, you know.
Once you have that sharp knife than can cut through a ripe tomato without a single impression, you’re ready to sink the blade into one end of the melon, turning the melon in a circular motion until the piece falls off.
Once both ends are chopped off, stand the melon on one end.
Usually, I do this step *after* cutting the rind. Six one way, half-a-dozen the other.
Next I cut slivers from top to bottom working my way around the melon.
Bite size for my young’uns.
Grab some forks.
We’re headed to the park!