A six-month stint cooking in a restaurant during grad school was all the time I needed to know that I wasn’t cut out the job. But I’m ever so glad for the experience because I picked up some pointers that continue to make cooking easier today. When I worked the brunch shift it meant cutting dozens (hundreds?) of melons. That sort of practice breeds efficiency, so I thought I’d share the easiest, breeziest method for how to cut a melon.

1. Wash well

How to cut a melon

2. Cut it in half opposite the stem end (through the equator)

How to cut a melon

3. Scoop out the seeds with a spoon

How to cut a melon

4. Set the melon cut-side-down on a very clean board

How to cut a melon

5. Use a sharp knife to shear off the rind to reveal the sweet flesh

How to cut a melon

6. Admire your succulent fruit

How to cut a melon

7. Cut melon into slices

How to cut a melon

7. If you like, cut those slices into cubes

How to cut a melon

8. Eat!

Especially sweet melons are excellent with a squeeze of lime.

How to cut a melon