I really like watermelon.
Its a great base for tasty summer smoothies.
The problem in my house, is that I'm the only one that eats it.
So I needed to find a way to preserve one of those big ole melons all week long, without it going bad or leaking all over the fridge.
This is my solution:
Start by determining your melon's flat side.
its usually the lightest side of the melon... the side with the dirt.
This will be its "bottom" the most stable side of the melon.
Give your melon a bath in your sink, remove all dirt.
Clean the top of the melon with a bit of dish detergent, since this is the side where you will be doing your surgery.
Dry off the melon.
Cut a large "D" shaped hole in the melon's top with a sharp steak knife.
How large? I make mine about 8 inches.
Angle the blade of the knife so that the cut is at a 45 degree angle, rather than straight up and down.
This is known as the "Jack-o- lantern Principle".. a way of creating an entry ithat will keep the D from falling back into the melon when you reposition it after you're done removing your share of melon.
Lift off this "D",
Reserve the red flesh to eat and the D to make... well a Door from which you will be extracting your melon's flesh with a long handled serving spoon for the rest of the week.
When you are done removing melon, put the D back in its place and put your melon back in the fridge.
CAVEAT: DO NOT DISTURB ANY MELON FLESH YOU ARE NOT GOING TO EAT THAT MEAL!!!
With this method, all the juices stay in the melon, it doesn't pick up fridge odors, the flesh remains crisp, the seal is adequate to keep the melon's flesh firm AND you don't have to use a container or plastic wrap.
When you're done at the end of the week, just compost the shell.
Lively Girl asked for a pic, so this morning I took one:
Thx everyone for their comments, I enjoyed reading them!