The 2012 Watermelon Carving Contest is in full swing ($500 grand prize, anyone?), and I thought I’d offer some tips to all you aspiring watermelon carvers out there. Actually, just one tip today. I’ll post another one in a few weeks, but check back here on Monday for some insight into how to store your carving.
Until about six months ago, I didn’t know the first thing about watermelon carving. I was adept at watermelon eating, but the only watermelon carving I had mastered was using that really long knife to turn a watermelon into wedges in about 60 seconds flat. Since then, I’ve carved a watermelon hedgehog, a watermelon T-Rex, and a watermelon shark.
If there’s one thing I’ve learned while carving each of those designs, it’s the importance of being patient and taking your time. Carving a watermelon requires a little extra care and precision. It’s not like carving a pumpkin, which has a more rigid and forgiving surface. Not to mention that my watermelon carvings were much more intricate than any pumpkin carving I’d ever done (most of which were just three triangles and a jagged mouth).
So take your time with your watermelon carving and think about each step and each cut before you make it. A good watermelon carving might take you an hour or two to create, but it’s definitely worth the time and effort. Good luck, and keep those entries coming for the 2012 Watermelon Carving Contest!