Three Methods for Slicing a Cantaloupe

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Here are three tasty ways to enjoy cantaloupe: sliced, wedged, or cubed. It's a helpful guide that demonstrates how to cut a cantaloupe into the form of your choice. 👌🏻

cantaloupe cut into 3 different shapes shown on a wood cutting board

Keep in mind that you can use the same technique to slice a honeydew or any other type of similar melon. Here's a bonus tutorial I made on how to slice a watermelon, if you're interested.

Selecting a Quality Cantaloupe

To begin, find a perfectly ripe cantaloupe. The skin should be smooth and free of any external spots or soft areas. Cantaloupes are ready to be picked when they yield just slightly to finger pressure. Cantaloupes can now be peeled and sliced with much less effort.

Most of the time, I have to settle for an unripe cantaloupe, in which case I simply let it sit out on the counter for a few days until it's perfect. Cantaloupe is more enjoyable and convenient to work with when it is fully ripe. 👌🏻

If you want to get rid of any dirt or pesticides that might be on your cantaloupe, give it a good rinse. You can use a wash made of fruits and vegetables if you like. Young Living's produce cleaner is my go-to, but there are many others great ones out there.

Of course, the best tool for the job is a razor-sharp chef's knife.

Instructions for cutting a cantaloupe in half and removing the seeds

One of the first things I do is snip off the top and bottom of the stem. An indicator of the cantaloupe's previous life as a vine-grown fruit can be found at the fruit's terminal stems.

Cutting off stem ends of melon

This aids in establishing a stable, flat surface for peeling. Therefore, after slicing off the ends, you should flip the fruit onto one of its flat sides. Then, using a knife, cut downward in a C shape to carefully remove the skin.

cutting peeling off cantaloupe

Simply keep turning the fruit until you have peeled off the majority of the skin. Do not fret if some green strips remain. You can use my knife to go back and tidy those up if you like.

peeling a melon with a sharp knife on wood cutting board

Cantaloupe should now be halved. Cut it in half lengthwise and leave it sitting on its flat base like you did when peeling.

cutting cantaloupe in half on wood cutting board

Eventually, the seeds will be revealed. Extremely simple to take off A spoon can be used to remove the seeds and membranes. Things are more relaxed now. And then, using the same spoon, scrape out the seeds.

removing seeds from a melon with a spoon

It's time to decide on the slice shape you prefer.

Method for making uniformly thin slices of cantaloupe

Cantaloupes can be stretched to feed more people when they are sliced thinly, and they look and taste better for it. When placed on a fruit platter with a wide variety of fruits, they make a pretty presentation.

At first, you should flip the cantaloupe so that the inside (where the seeds were) is facing up. The flat sides of the stems should face left to right, as shown in the diagram. You'll carefully slice thin slices in the same direction you cut off the stem ends.

cutting cantaloupe into thin slices on a wood cutting board

Attempt to cut slices of uniform width; perfection is not required. Finally, you can use your knife as a scoop to move the fruit from the bowl to a serving plate or tray.

scooping thin cantaloupe slices up with a knife

All you have to do is arrange them in the middle of the space you have designated for them. When you fan them out with your hands, they'll spread out like a cascade of cantaloupe slices and look very pretty.

fanning out thin cantaloupe slices on a white plate

Cantaloupe slices like these are best served with tongs.

Instructions for making cantaloupe wedges

I'm going to use the remaining half of that cantaloupe to demonstrate how to make cantaloupe wedges. Put the hollow side of the cantaloupe half down on the table. This time, however, the flat ends of the stem should be facing upwards and outwards.

I'll show you how to cut this cantaloupe in half so that you get 8 wedges (or 16 if you use the same method for the whole fruit). You should divide this in half.

cutting cantaloupe into wedges on a wood cutting board

Next, divide each set of quarters in half. Aiming at a 45-degree angle, I attempt to cut through the cantaloupe toward its center.

cutting melon into wedges on a wood cutting board

Put in the effort on both sides, and you'll end up with 4 nice, even pieces. For a total of 8 wedges, cut each remaining piece in half. This time, angling the knife toward the stem's center at the end is helpful.

cutting melon into wedges on a wood cutting board

Instructions for cubing a cantaloupe so that it is easily digested

At the outset, follow the directions for slicing a cantaloupe into wedges above. Then, lay four of the wedges flat in front of you, hollow side down. Gently squeezing them with your hands will help keep them together. Cut at right angles to one another (like a chessboard).

cutting a cantaloupe into cubes on a wood cutting board

Just keep slicing across until you have cubes. Use the remaining 4 wedges in the same manner.

Preserving Cantaloupe Slices

It's best kept in an airtight container, which is why I use one with a lid.

cantaloupe cubes in a glass container with green towel

After you've prepped it by cutting and peeling it, store it in the fridge.

Can you tell me how long cut cantaloupe keeps? Usually, we only keep ours for a week. Following a quick Google search, I learned that it has a shelf life of 4-7 days when refrigerated.

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  1. I begin by snipping both ends of the stem. There is a tiny mark at the stem ends that indicates where the cantaloupe was attached to the vine.

  2. Place the fruit, flat side up. The next step is to take your knife and carefully make a downward cutting motion, almost in a C shaped curve, to remove the skin.

  3. To remove the peel from a fruit, keep turning it until you've gotten most of it.

  4. If there are any leftover peeling bits, go back and cut them away.

  5. Cut it in half lengthwise and leave it sitting on its flat base like you did when peeling.

  6. To remove the membranes and seeds, use a spoon to scrape the inside. In a way, this helps to relax the situation. Remove the seeds with the same spoon.
  1. In order to remove the peel and the seeds, please refer to the above instructions.
  2. To begin, you should invert the cantaloupe so that the bottom, where the seeds used to be, is facing up. As shown in the images, the direction of the flat ends of the stems should be left to right.  

  3. After carefully removing the stem ends, proceed to cut thin slices in the same direction as the stems.

  4. Put the fruit on a serving platter by scooping it up with your knife.

  5. Slices should be centered where they will be served. Then, fan them out with your hands; they'll spread out a bit, looking like a lovely cascade of cantaloupe slices.

  1. Refer to the previous section for details on peeling and de-seeding.

  2. Put the hollow side of your cantaloupe half down on the board after you've peeled and seeded it. Place the stems with the flat ends facing upward and downward, as shown in the images above.

  3. Separate this in two halves.

  4. After that, divide those two halves in half. Make a 45-degree angle with your knife and slice through the middle of the cantaloupe.

  5. In this way, you'll have 4 even pieces after doing this on both sides.  
  6. After that, divide the remaining halves in half once more so that you have 8 wedges. In the same vein, angling the knife toward the stem's center helps.

  7. Do the same with the other half of the cantaloupe, making sure to remove the seeds.

  1. Peeling, seeding, and slicing into wedges are all covered in the steps mentioned above.

  2. Put the hollow side down on a flat surface and turn four of the wedges horizontally toward yourself. Squeeze (gently) with your hands to keep them together.  

  3. Cut at right angles to one another (like a chessboard). Repeat this process until all of your wedges are cubes.

Put in a sealed container and refrigerate for 4-7 days.

The best tool for the job is a sharp chef's knife.

When pressed gently, a ripe cantaloupe will give just a little.  

For illustrative aid in slicing a cantaloupe, please refer to the images above.

Daily values (DV) are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
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