How To Cut Watermelon Sticks // Fun Finger Foods

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Summer has arrived and what a great time for a chilled and juicy watermelon.

watermelon sticks servingWhy not try cutting and serving watermelon sticks instead of the usual wedges? It’s a fun presentation and they really are easier to pick up and eat.

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Tips For Choosing A Good Watermelon

You’ll want to select the right watermelon.

  • Choose one that feels heavy for its size. Pick up a few and compare the weight of similar sizes. The heaviest of the bunch will be the ripest.
  • Also, look for ones that are free of dents or bruises and are symmetrical in shape, especially if you’re making watermelon sticks.
  • Look for a creamy-colored field spot. The darker yellow field spot usually means it was on the vine longer and is full of flavor.
  • When the melon is shiny it is under-ripe.

This site had a great info-graphic that helps you see what to look for.

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What You’ll Need To Make Watermelon Sticks:

  • A ripe watermelon
  • Large cutting board
  • Serving platter or tall rectangular container
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How To Cut Watermelon Sticks

  • Before cutting the watermelon, wash the exterior really well and place it on the cutting board
  • Cut the watermelon in half down the center.
  • Place one of the halves flat-side down on the cutting board. Start cutting the watermelon into slices about 1-2 inches thick. Try to make the cuts as perpendicular and as straight as you can.
  • Discard the two end pieces because they will be mostly rind.
  • Carefully rotate the cutting board and start cutting slices at 90° to make 1-2 inch squares.
  • Repeat the process with the other half of the watermelon.
  • Separate the slices and tad ah, you have watermelon sticks.
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How To Serve Watermelon Sticks

These cute little sticks look beautiful on a white serving platter or in a rectangular glass container.

This is such a fun, unique way to serve watermelon at a party or gathering.

Enjoy!

 

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Jan Howell

Whether it’s a new recipe, a fun craft, or some handy tips for your garden and home, I hope to empower and inspire you with skills that you can use to create joy, improved health, and to do it in a simple way.

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26 Day Detox – Phase Three

I am currently in the middle of PHASE THREE of the 26 day detox. I made it through 2 days of nothing but watermelon (barely). This was the kidney cleanse part. It wasn’t quite as bad as I thought, but last night I was pretty dang hungry! My husband and I usually go out to eat on Friday’s for our date night, and it sounded so good and FUN to go out to eat. We went to the mineral hot springs instead. I took a big glass of lemon ice water and munched on the ice. Instead of stopping for a bite to eat on our way home from the hot springs, we came home and had a nice bowl of watermelon, sprinkled with some lime juice. A juicy hamburger sounded REALLY good.

I really do have an awesome husband who supports me and keeps me going with this detox. If he would have said, “ahhh one meal won’t kill you,” I may  have cheated. But he didn’t, he just joined me.  So, my kids dropped off the detox, not a good time for them with their work schedules. They definitely have stepped upped their eating habits though. My husband, had to take a week trip to Brazil for work, so he did the best he could there and jumped back in when he got home. Me, I am still doing it 100%.

Today I started the second part of phase three, which is the liver & gall bladder cleanse. Today I was able to have a berry green smoothie for breakfast and a yummy green salad with kidney beans. Oh, those kidney beans tasted good! Between meals on an empty stomach I am supposed to drink apple juice. (1 quart a day)

Dinner will be another green smoothie. The 3rd day of this part, I will eat very little and do a gall bladder flush at night by drinking a mixture of lemon juice and olive oil. Then it’s to bed and sleeping on my right side. Should be interesting.I will let you know how it goes.

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