Once the 'dog days' of summer arrive (you know what I'm talking about... HOT days, muggy nights, no end in sight) I have to remind myself that there are some things I will miss about this time of year. One of them is melon... of all kinds, and not the flavor-less melon you see in the salad bars during the wintertime. Melon is great right now - it tastes so real.
Saturday my daughter and I went to our (small) town farmer's market (one more thing about summer that I'll miss). While we were strolling around the different vendors, one of them offered us a PLUG of watermelon. As he handed it to us, I noticed the tool he was using to remove it from the melon. I thought - hey... I OWN that thing! It's a Pampered Chef Apple Corer tool - a slick little tool that has other uses than the obvious one... like cutting watermelon into a cool new shape.
It's really self-explanatory... so I'm not going to bore you with detailed instructions. The pictures speak for themselves.
|Cut a cross section of (seedless) melon that is about the same|
height as your apple coring tool. Start around the perimeter
of the melon first. Keep "plugging" away at it until you've
used most of the melon.
|The melon plugs are easy to remove by sliding the black plastic|
section down the shaft. Easy, peasy.
|This is what's left. These scraps can make another favorite...|
|BMP (Berry/Melon/Pineapple) Smoothies|
Link is HERE.
Now I just need to find a fun way to serve this... any ideas? How do you tackle that 20-30 lb beast of a melon?
In case you're interested, here is a past post on an easy way to cut melon (besides the standard "cubes"). Literally takes ten minutes to slice your melon this way.
|Watermelon Wedges 101 |
Tutorial is HERE.
|A little nicer presentation than cubed, don't you think?|