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How to Cut a Cantaloupe

Updated on February 25, 2013

The Easiest Way to Peel and Slice a Cantaloupe

It's easy to tell when cantaloupes are in season by the sweet, mouthwatering smell of fresh picked ripe melons. I prefer to purchase cantaloupes at a nearby market from the local farmers. However, yesterday I just couldn't resist one at my local grocery store. Cantaloupe was advertised as local produce and for $2.99/piece price tag and honey like smell I just had to have one.

The smell gets me every time!

I touched at least a dozen of melons looking for that perfect ripeness before making my final selection. Now it's time to cut into it and satisfy my little taste buds.

Need help choosing a ripe cantaloupe?

Click on wikiHow for step by step guide in choosing a Melon!

Wash your Melons

Make sure you wash your cantaloupe before slicing into it. Cantaloupes sit in dirt, then get handled by farmers, market vendors/store employees and finally the consumer. How many cantaloupes have you touched before picking the ripest one to purchase? Now think about how many other people have done the same.

Slicing the cantaloupe without washing it may transfer the bacteria from the outside in. It is a good habit to wash all your fruit and veggies and keep yourself and your family healthy.

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Tools needed for cutting a cantaloupe

Sharp 8-inch chef's knife makes the job of slicing and cutting the cantaloupe pretty easy.

Flexible cutting boards help with transferring cut slices into a serving dish or storage container almost effortless.

How to peel and slice a cantaloupe

1. Trim 1 inch off each end

2. Peel the skin off

Place cantaloupe upright and using the curve of the cantaloupe as your guide, slice off the rind in strips.

3. Cut cantaloupe in half

Cut cantaloupe in half lengthwise.

4. Scoop out the seeds

Using a large spoon, scoop out the seeds from the center of cantaloupe and discard.

5. Cut in cubes

Cut into cubes or slices in desired size and serve.

Container that extends life of produce - Tupperware FridgeSmart

Tupperware FridgeSmart Small Container
Tupperware FridgeSmart Small Container

I store left over cantaloupe slices in Tupperware FridgeSmart container. This container keeps cantaloupe fresh longer due to unique venting system.


Leave a comment if you love cantaloupe!

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    • peachplanet profile imageAUTHOR


      5 years ago

      @anonymous: melons are considered low breathers so i would keep both vents closed to extend the shelf life. this is general rule of thumb for all fresh cut fruit

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      5 years ago

      What venting do u prefer on the fridgesmart container (mine isn't marked for melons...just curious). Thanks

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      5 years ago

      I love cantaloupe, and this is an easy way to cut one up. :)

    • casquid profile image


      6 years ago

      Delightful and delicious!

      Thank you for stopping by and liking two of my lenses.

    • LisaMarieGabriel profile image

      Lisa Marie Gabriel 

      6 years ago from United Kingdom

      I like to cut it into wedges before I scoop the seeds. I love melons :)


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