Summer Eating: How Do You Slice a Whole Watermelon?

We're going to bet that some of you ate watermelon over the weekend. For us, watermelon's coming out party is usually the 4th of July, and from then on, it's a staple at picnics and cookouts. But when it comes time to cut into that big melon, we're always hoping someone else takes over...

Getting a whole watermelon broken down into more manageable pieces usually starts, for us, with ramming a big chef's knife into the middle and working it around in a circle. There's usually some cranking back and forth and a few prayers that the knife doesn't suddenly decide to fly through the thick rind and cut off a finger. It's treacherous.

The watermelon eventually cracks open, and once it's halved, everything goes more smoothly. But short of buying a machete (or buying a pre-cut melon), we're not sure of a better way to get it going.

So we thought we'd ask you. Anyone got some good, safe tips on halving a whole watermelon? What kind of knife do you use?

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