How to cut and store watermelon

Follow this step-by-step guide for how to cut a watermelon, learn how to store it and get lots of fantastic watermelon recipes!

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How to make the most out of watermelon

What’s better than a crisp triangle of watermelon to munch on as a fresh summer snack. As Aussies, this tradition starts early on in life. But our relationship with watermelon has now blossomed into something far more fruitful than a simple slice. Here’s how to make the most out of watermelon in sweet and savoury recipes.
We now love this summer fruit in Mediterranean-style salads, as a refreshingly sweet pizza base, as a quick and easy appetiser and more.
See below for our ultimate seasonal guide to all things watermelon, including how to cut and store this wonderful fruit.
When is watermelon in season in Australia?
While you can usually find watermelon throughout the year in Australian green grocers, it is at its seasonal peak from October to February.
How to cut watermelon
If cutting a large watermelon, it's important to use the right tools. Use a large, sharp knife. Place the watermelon on its most steady side before beginning to slice, if required, place a folded wet tea towel on your board to help steady the watermelon.
  1. Cut the whole watermelon in quarters - start by cutting across its middle to create two large halves, then turn the halves face down (to keep them steady) and cut through the middle again to form 4 large wedges.
  2. Working with one quarter at a time, cut the melon into 2 cm wide slices.
  3. Lay the individual slices of watermelon on their flat side.
  4. Cut away the green rind carefully by drawing the knife close to the white rind - you can use a smaller knife for this.
  5. Lastly, chop each melon slice into cubes or cut into pizza-slice triangles and enjoy.
What’s the best way to store watermelon?
Whole watermelons can be kept at room temperature for a few days, but will keep better in the fridge. Once cut, watermelon should always be stored in the fridge. Wrap the cut side tightly with cling film. Try to replace the cling film each time you re-wrap your watermelon.
Store cut pieces of melon in an air-tight container in the fridge.
How to make watermelon balls
Watch how to use a melon baller and make frozen watermelon balls for the most refreshing summer fruit water!
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Watermelon recipes to try
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The sweet-salty combination of feta, watermelon and olives in this simple salad is a flavour revelation.
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This super simple dessert "pizza" is an effortless treat that's great on a hot day, and it's a nice way to use up lots of watermelon.
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