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Video:Cut a Cantaloupe

with Rachel Edelman

A subtly sweet melon, cantaloupe is a refreshing summertime snack. See the different ways to cut a cantaloupe, from chunks to slices.See Transcript

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Transcript:Cut a Cantaloupe

Hi, I'm Rachel Edelman for About.com Food. Today I'm going to show you two easy ways to cut a cantaloupe. To get started you will need a large knife and a large melon ball tool.

Choosing Cantaloupes

You know your cantaloupe is ripe when it:
  • yields to slight pressure
  • has yellowish skin
  • has a fresh aroma at the end where the stem was attached
  • has a healthy outer rind free of tears or cuts

Prepare the Cantaloupe

First, thoroughly wash and scrub the melon under running water to remove dirt and bacteria. Next, cut off the top of the melon where the stem was attached.

Scoop Cantaloupe Balls

If you d like to make melon balls, turn the melon so that the cut side is down on your cutting board. This will help keep your melon stable as you cut. With your knife, push down and cut the melon in half. Remove and discard the seeds. With your melon-ball tool, scoop out the melon and place it on to your plate. Continue scooping until you've gotten all the fruit that you need.

Cantaloupe Slices and Rings

You can also cut slices of melon with the rinds still on. Another way to cut your melon is to remove the ring first. To do this, first cut off where the stem was and then cut off the bottom.

Cantaloupe Chunks

To make chucks or slices of melon, you can remove the rind first. To do this, first cut off the bottom of the melon. Stand your melon on one of the cut ends. Take your knife and slice downward all round the melon until all the skin is removed. Make sure you get all the green spots and the rind that was near the bottom or the top of your melon.

Next, cut the melon in half and take out the seeds. Instead of scooping out the seeds you can hold the melon in your hand and slide the seeds out. Use your knife to cut thin slices. Slices like this are great for a fruit platter. To make chunks, cut thick slices and then cut those slices into pieces.

Storing Cantaloupe

Be sure to refrigerate the sliced melon in plastic bags or airtight containers within 2 hours of cutting it.

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