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How to cut a cantaloupe 2021

Knowing how to cut a cantaloupe may seem daunting at first, but the rewards are well worth it. There are many good reasons to cut into this fruit, including the high doses of vitamins A, C, and K. Perhaps the best reason is the refreshingly sweet, surprisingly eclectic taste that is especially tasty in summer. Cantaloupe even appears in some of our most popular new cocktails, such as the frozen cantaloupe margarita. But before you can experience all that this delicious fruit has to offer, you need to know how to properly slice it.

Read on to learn how to cut a cantaloupe in just six easy steps.

1. Gather your supplies

To properly cut a cantaloupe, you need a clean, flat surface (like a cutting board) and a good quality knife. While a sharp knife should be able to do the job, you prefer to choose a serrated knife that will easily cut through the hard bark of the cantaloupe. You will also need a large metal spoon that you can use to remove the pulp and seeds.

2. Cut off the top and bottom

Make sure the cantaloupe is firmly positioned on its side by firmly pressing it down with the palm of your nondominant hand. Cut off about an inch at the top and bottom, making an effort to keep the cuts parallel.

3. Cut in half

Once the top and bottom are removed, the next step is to divide and conquer. Stand the cantaloupe upright on its upper or lower (now flat) end and cut it evenly in the middle.

4. Scoop up seeds

In the center of a cantaloupe is a soft, mushy area where the seeds are located. Using your spoon, carefully scoop this section of fruit out of both halves.

5. Cut your halves into quarters

When all you have left is the fruit and rind, place each half of the cantaloupe upside down on the cutting board. Carefully cut these sections in half again, creating quarter wedges.

6. Cut into pieces

Work through a quarter at a time, placing each cantaloupe slice face up, making vertical slices about an inch apart. Stop the knife as soon as you come into contact with the bark. Then carefully slide the knife between the fruit and the inside of the rind to break the cantaloupe into neat pieces. Once you've mastered this cutting technique, give this delicious cantaloupe and ham recipe a try.

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