How to cut cantaloupe so the kids can easily eat it, plus how to choose the perfect cantaloupe while shopping!
Because I’ve been asked a number of times in the past few weeks, and recently showed a friend who was having dinner with us, I thought I’d share how I cut a cantaloupe to serve to the kids. Two of the kids have a ‘skin issue’…meaning that they don’t like the skin on any fruit. This leaves me cutting cantaloupes like this, rather than into wedges. Watch and see…
When it comes to choosing a cantaloupe, you’re gonna have to get up close and personal with them at the grocery store. I choose them based on how sweet they smell. Grab a melon and smell the ‘stem end’ of the melon. Each melon has a ‘nub’ on one end (sometimes not very visible), and a ‘belly button’ on the other end, where it was cut off from the vine. You can usually see a little piece from the stem.
Hold the belly button end up to your nose and inhale deeply. If it smells, sweet then you’ve got yourself a ripe melon. If it doesn’t smell at all, you could still purchase it and wait for it to ripen before you cut into it!