Who doesn't love a fresh cantaloupe? They're sweet, refreshing, and juicy. If you haven't had one lately, it's definitely time to give it a try in your next fruit salad. But before chowing down, you better figure out the best way to cut this big melon into bite-sized chunks—or you could end up with melon all over your shirt! In this article, you will learn how to cut a cantaloupe plus some ways to use one so good you'll be craving them all summer long.
Benefits of Cantaloupe
Cantaloupe is a type of melon that is rich in vitamins and minerals. Some of the benefits of eating cantaloupe include improved digestion, stronger bones, and healthier skin. Cantaloupe is also a good source of antioxidants and can help to protect the body against disease. Cantaloupe is also a good source of fiber, which can help to keep the digestive system healthy.
How do you know when a cantaloupe is ready to be cut?
A cantaloupe is ripe and ready to be cut when it is soft to the touch and has a slightly sweet smell. The best way to tell if a cantaloupe is ripe is to give it a gentle squeeze with your fingers. If it yields to the pressure, then it is ready to be enjoyed.
How To Pick A Delicious Cantaloupe?
To pick a delicious cantaloupe, you'll want to look for one that is ripe. A ripe cantaloupe should have a deep orange or yellow color, and the rind should give slightly when pressed. Avoid melons with green spots or bruising, as these are signs that the fruit is not yet ripe.
Pro tip: Choose a "dense" cantaloupe - one that feels like it's too heavy for its size. This is a sign that there are few seeds and more flesh on the cantaloupe. A large cantaloupe that feels like it's too light for its size is a sign that the center is full of seeds.
Step 1: Choose Your Melon
To choose a ripe melon, look for one that feels heavy for its size and has a uniform, matte finish. Avoid any with blemishes or signs of mold. Once you've found a melon you like, give it a smell test near the bottom of the melon - it should smell sweet and fragrant. If it smells musky or off, put it back. Cantaloupes should have a dull, not shiny, appearance and feel firm but yield to slight pressure.
Once you've selected your melon, grab an extra large cutting board - you're going to need it. Once you slice the melon, it may make a mess on your countertop!
Step 2: Cut it in Half
First, place the melon on one of the ends, and try to find the center of the melon by looking for the stem. Once you have found the center, cut the melon in half lengthwise with a sharp knife. Be sure to cut through the center of the stem so that each half of the melon has an equal amount of stem.
Step 3: Remove the Seeds
Remove the seeds by simply scooping it out with a large serving spoon.
Step 4: Slice Into Wedges
After you have cut the melon in half, use a slicing motion to cut each half into wedges. You can make as many or as few wedges as you like, just be sure to cut through the melon's rind and flesh so that each wedge has a nice, even shape.
Step 5: Cut the Rind
Slice off the rind in thin strips, working your way around the whole melon, going along with the curve of the melon. I would use a very sharp nice here, so the cuts are nice and clean. Try using a 8-inch chefs knife for this cut. (Try our high carbon stainless steel knife here)
Step 6: Slice the Cantaloupe into wedges, cubes, or use a melon scooper!
Cut each half of the melon into wedges. Place the wedges on a cutting board and go ahead and cut them into thin or thick cantaloupe wedges. Here you could also cut the it into cubes instead of wedges. Alternatively, you could also use a melon scooper to get cantaloupe balls instead!
How long do cantaloupes last?
Cantaloupes have a relatively short shelf life of about 7-10 days. After being picked, they continue to ripen and degrade quickly. Once cut, they should be stored in the fridge and eaten within a few days. If you notice your cantaloupe starting to get mushy or develop brown spots, it's best to throw it out.
Do you wash cantaloupe before cutting?
It is not necessary to wash your cantaloupe before cutting it open. Melons, including cantaloupes, are typically grown in dirty conditions and are often sprayed with pesticides.
Washing your cantaloupe will not remove all of the dirt and pesticides, but it will help to reduce the amount of bacteria on the surface of the fruit. If you are going to eat the cantaloupe as part of a fruit salad, you may want to wash it to ensure that all of the fruits in the salad are clean.
Should you refrigerate uncut cantaloupe?
You can refrigerate cut or uncut cantaloupe. If you plan to eat the fruit within a day or two, it’s best to keep it at room temperature. However, if you want it to last longer, cut the fruit and store it in the fridge.
How To Retain The Freshness Of Your Cantaloupe?
To retain the freshness of your cantaloupe, make sure to only purchase a ripe cantaloupe. You can tell if a cantaloupe is ripe if it gives off a sweet aroma and is slightly soft to the touch. Once you have cut into the cantaloupe, be sure to store it in the fridge in an airtight container. This will help to keep the cantaloupe from going bad too quickly.
How to store cut cantaloupe
If you have cut cantaloupe that you need to store, there are a few different ways that you can do so. One way is to cube the cantaloupe and store it in an airtight container. Another way is to store the cantaloupe in wedges in an airtight container. You can also use frozen cantaloupe, which will last longer. To freeze cantaloupe, first cut it into cubes or wedges and then store it in an airtight container in the freezer.
Ways to use cantaloupe
A cantaloupe is a delicious and refreshing fruit that can be enjoyed in a variety of ways. A wedge of cantaloupe makes a great addition to any fruit salad, and it can also be enjoyed as a simple slice. Cantaloupe is also a popular ingredient in many smoothies and juices.