1 oblong watermelon
sharp pointed utensil
melon baller and V shaped cutting tool, optional*
Serves: A Lot!
1. Choose a large, oblong watermelon for this project.
2. Cut a thin slice from the bottom to provide a stable base. Draw the outlines for the whale as shown in the drawing at right.
3. Use a knife or decorating tool to cut the decorated edges on the side, and a knife to cut the tail and head. Cut all the way through the rind.
4. Remove the top section of rind; it can be cut into pieces to make removal easier.
5. Carve the mouth and eyes, cutting only into the green outer layer.
6. Cut a small, deep hole for a blowhole; inserting dried flowers for the water spout.
7. Hollow the shell; fill with approx. 4 cups of fruit salad.
Tip from our Readers:
Carole, a Fabulous Foodie from Milford, Connecticut sent in the following tip:
"I just read your instructions for making a watermelon
basket filled with fruit. I've made watermelon baskets and one of
the problems I've encountered is liquid from the fruits collecting
in the bottom of the "basket" which makes the fruit soggy. I corrected
this problem with the last basket I made by putting "drainage" holes
in the bottom of the watermelon after hollowing it out and before
filling with the fruit. I then put the basket in a large oval roasting
pan filled with ice cubes (to keep the fruit cold), and the water
from the fruit drained into the pan along with the melting ice.
This kept the fruit in the basket from getting soggy. Thought you
might be able to use this idea.
Melon Baller and V-Shaped Cutting Tool
These optional tools can help easily give your watermelon carvings a professional, polished look. Also great for other garnishing jobs too.
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