I realized, however, that this is of course a super way to peel melons as well. When cutting up a big watermelon for a week of snacking, or cantaloupe for a party, I would cut the melon in half and scoop out the seeds. Then I would slice it into strips and laboriously cut the rind off each piece.
Then my sister pointed out that you can cut the melon in half and slice off the rind — just like I do with squash. And she was right; this is so much easier! It was so obvious I felt silly I hadn't tried it before!
Now I don't peel melon any other way; it's even faster and easier to apply this technique to melons. I peeled and sliced up three melons last weekend for a big party — and I did it in record time, thanks to this tip! I also found that I really didn't waste any more of the melon this way. In fact, it was easier to make sure I was slicing all of the tough, chewy rind away.
Do you have any favorite tricks for peeling or slicing melon?
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