August 26, 2012

Watermelon helicopter and salad

This is our first time carving a watermelon into a "3D like" shape and we really enjoyed. We are excited to be part of the kid-tastic Watermelon challenge from the National Watermelon Promotion Board.  

It was fun getting ideas from my children to make a helicopter with a watermelon. We brainstormed different ideas we could try and thought of how to carve it with ease. My children helped to scoop out and my seven year old with lots of supervision :) helped cut rind pieces to put for decor.
This activity is to be done by an adult because of knives and sharp tools.
carving knife
small pairing knife
cutting boards
towel to catch the juice

1.  Draw the design on paper.  Then try to break down the steps.

2.  Wash the watermelon well and keep the long side of the watermelon horizontally on a cutting board.  Cut 1/3rd of the watermelon out, do this slowly so it will be a straight cut; it helps to go around the watermelon by rotating it. (At this point we have the option of scooping out the inside of the 2/3rd piece of the watermelon before carving) Set the 2/3rd or the large part of the watermelon on the board, this will be main part of the helicopter.

3.  We will use the 1/3rd piece of the watermelon to cut out the other shapes needed for the helicopter.  With a carving knife cut a piece out for the tail of the helicopter. Then we cut out 4 pieces of 3/4" wide and about 3" long rectangle pieces for the rotor.

4.  Place a toothpick in the place where the rotor will be going. Carefully make a mark with the tip of the small pairing knife on how you would like to draw the windows and cock pit of the helicopter, we wanted to make it cartoon like.
5.  Using the pairing knife slowly and carefully carve out the window shape, go in just enough to see the white part of the watermelon. We placed a small sticker for decoration :)

6.  Now insert 3 to 4 toothpicks 1/2 way into the 2/3rd piece of the watermelon where the tail goes.  Carefully put 3 to 4 toothpicks on the tail piece of the helicopter that was cut on step 3 and slowly push the pieces together.  

Keep the tail close to the bottom part of the watermelon for stability because of the weight.  This is important if the watermelon is going to be kept decorated as a table placement.
7.   Then for the rotor put a toothpick going 1/2 way on the width side of the 3" rectangle pieces we cut on step 3 and attach two pieces of the rectangle.  Do the same for the other two pieces. Place this on the toothpick that was placed on the top of the helicopter (which was done on step 4).
8.  For decoration we used small pieces of watermelon rind and brown sugar to represent sand. The watermelon is ready to be presented.
This watermelon didn't go to waste... we made juice, ate some and made a watermelon salad.
For the salad you will need...
about 1 1/2 cups of watermelon cubed
1 tbsp onion chopped finely
1 tbsp of mint chopped finely
1/4 cup cucumber chopped
1/8 tsp salt
1/4 tsp pepper or 1/2 tbsp finely chopped jalapeño *
1/2 tsp lemon juice
1/2 tbsp honey or brown sugar
1 tbsp parmesan (optional) sprinkle before serving

*If you are serving this salad to children, use pepper instead of jalapeño.

Toss everything except for the parmesan together. Just before serving sprinkle parmesan on top.
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  1. WOW, that's so cool and creative! My son would really love this. I've never created a 3D image with watermelon before, but I love the detailed instructions you share! So neat!

  2. Wow!!!!! It's really beautiful....helicopter u done so perfectly....

  3. Love this recipe, so refreshing for this summer day,
    Thanks for sharing!

  4. that would make a great centerpeice at a summer bbq

  5. Wow looks delicious,, watermelon is one of my favorite fruits. My boys loved the helicopter! :P

    Thanks for sharing

    rafflecopter name Tammy Dalley

  6. Mmmm yummy and cute!!!

  7. that looks really yummy. Like the jalepeno element!

  8. fun, perfect so summer great step by step instructions too

  9. Debbie White-BeattieSeptember 9, 2018 at 3:08 AM

    This is a a cute idea and the salad looks and sounds delicious

  10. the kids would love this, would be great for them to make

  11. This yummy looking salad looks & sounds super yummy, healthy, & refreshing! Thx very much for sharing the recipe.

  12. This is really cool! It would be great for a summer BBQ

  13. This is super cool , thanks for sharing , my grand kids would love this !!

  14. This looks really cool and the recipe looks very refreshing


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