The Best Way To Cut A Watermelon

When you're looking for a way to quench your thirst and water just isn't enough, watermelon is a great alternative. Watermelon is made up of 92 percent water and with the extra natural sweetness, it's a great way to hydrate your body and fuel it with nutrients without the unnecessary added sugars of drinks like Gatorade. It's best to purchase a whole watermelon and cut it up at home, but with the unstable surface its round shape gives, it can be hard to figure out exactly how to cut it so it doesn't end up rolling off the counter. Don't worry — with these four easy steps from Delish, cutting up watermelon will no longer feel like a chore, and you're less likely to cut yourself in the process, too.

The best way to cut a watermelon is to grab your cutting board, place it on the counter, and lay your watermelon on top. So far, so good, right? Start by cutting each of the ends off first, but don't cut in too far. You'll probably slice a little bit of the watermelon flesh off, but that's okay. There's plenty more inside. After you remove the ends, stand the watermelon up so that one of the flat ends is now resting comfortably on your cutting board and make a vertical cut right down the middle of the watermelon. Lay both halves of your watermelon down so that again, the flat parts are on the cutting board. Cut one more vertical slice, width-wise down the middle of the watermelon so that you now have four equal slices. 

You're almost there. The last step of the cutting process is to then turn each quarter piece horizontal and cut one-inch slices across the length of the watermelon. Congratulations, in just one minute you have cut yourself perfectly portioned triangular slices of watermelon to enjoy. Now you're free to get creative in the meal department with watermelon pizzas or simply slice off the rind for a tasty watermelon salad. Of course you can always enjoy watermelon just the way it is, but don't forget to sprinkle a little salt on it for maximum flavor.