Don't let the kids have all the fun when it comes to watermelon.
Say the word watermelon and images of lazy, hot summer afternoons and family picnics drift pleasantly through your mind. It is the quintessential summer food.
But if you thought watermelon could only be served cut in slices, chunks or scooped out in balls, think again. There are more ways to enjoy watermelon than you can imagine. It just takes a little imagination to think outside the rind
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- Buying watermelons. Look for a whole fruit that is not
bruised or damaged; make sure that fruit that has been precut is refrigerated. Do not purchase if it hasn't been refrigerated.
- Cleaning watermelon. Wash hands for at least 20 seconds before and after handling fresh fruits and vegetables. Clean all surfaces and utensils with hot water and soap, including cutting boards, countertops, peelers and knives that will touch the watermelon before and after preparation.
- Rinse the fruit under running tap water. Rub skin with a clean vegetable brush while rinsing. Dry with a clean cloth towel or paper towel. Never use detergent or bleach to wash fruit or vegetables. These products are not intended for consumption.
- Separate. Keep fruit and cut fruit separated from raw meats and especially poultry in your cart, at the checkout counter and at home in your refrigerator. Do not use the same cutting boards and utensils without cleaning first with hot soap and water
- Throw away. Toss any fruits or vegetables that have not been refrigerator within two hours of cutting and peeling or cooking. Remove and throw away all bruised and damaged portions of watermelons. Throw out any piece of watermelon that has touched raw meat, poultry or seafood.