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How to Carve a Melon Basket | from Blue Bells and Cockle ShellsDid your mom used to carve melon baskets when you were young? The memory of my mom’s melon baskets really stands out for me. In my younger self’s mind, nothing short of pure genius and magical talent could make something as cool as a watermelon basket. It was always the highlight of a summer get together when she brought out the melon basket. I’ve meant to carve one for many years, but have always been a too intimidated to even try. Recently, however, we were having a summer barbecue and I decided to try my hand carving one. It ends up that it wasn’t hard to do at all! The results were striking to look at, but even better to eat! Equally delicious was the frozen watermelon stars that I made to flavor our Minute Maid® Lemonade. Because what says summer more than watermelon and lemonade? And what better than lemonade that is made with the goodness of real lemons? Minute Maid Lemonade is the quintessential refreshing beverage with the great taste of a simpler time. And right now, you can buy any 2 Minute Maid or Sprite® 2 liters and save $1 off your watermelon purchase.

How to Carve a Melon Basket | from Blue Bells and Cockle ShellsIn order to carve the melon, I found it easiest to use a pencil to mark guidelines into the watermelon’s skin before making any cuts.

How to Carve a Melon Basket | from Blue Bells and Cockle ShellsI first cut off the top two “quarters” from my melon, leaving the “handle” of the basket uncut.
How to Carve a Melon Basket | from Blue Bells and Cockle ShellsI decided to use the flesh from these two large pieces of melon to cut out some watermelon stars using a cookie cutter. I laid these stars flat out on a parchment paper-lined baking sheet and popped them into the freezer while I finished cutting the rest of the melon.How to Carve a Melon Basket | from Blue Bells and Cockle ShellsAt this point, I started using a melon baller to scoop out the rest of the watermelon. How to Carve a Melon Basket | from Blue Bells and Cockle ShellsI then used the melon baller to scoop out a cantaloupe and a lemon drop melon. I never had lemon drop melon before, but they were selling them at our local QFC, so I had to try one! It reminded me of honeydew, but had more of a sweetly sour taste than honeydew does (kind of like honey dew and lemondrop candy combined). How to Carve a Melon Basket | from Blue Bells and Cockle ShellsAfter I had thoroughly scooped out all of the melon flesh, I went over the watermelon’s insides with the side of a spoon, scraping out all of the remnants of the juicy flesh.How to Carve a Melon Basket | from Blue Bells and Cockle ShellsThen I put all the melon balls into the watermelon basket, mixing them up as I went.

How to Carve a Melon Basket | from Blue Bells and Cockle ShellsWhen I was ready to serve everything, I removed the watermelon stars from the freezer. They had been in the freezer for about 45 minutes and while they had some frost on them, weren’t quite frozen solid. They were really good! I had to exercise some self control to not eat them all myself, as eating them right out of the freezer was like eating a watermelon ice pop. I popped them into the glasses of lemonade and they worked awesomely as “ice cubes”, while adding just a hint of watermelon flavor to the lemonade. Does anyone else’ family have an obsession with flavored lemonade?

How to Carve a Melon Basket | from Blue Bells and Cockle Shells

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Have you ever carved a watermelon basket? It was much easier than I had thought it was going to be. It also was a big hit with my family. If you are interested in trying to make one, you can find everything you need in the produce section of your local QFC. And while you’re there, be sure to stock up on two liter bottles of Minute Maid Lemonade, which can be found in the soft drink section. Be sure to look for the tear pad of coupons to save even more money!

How to Carve a Melon Basket | from Blue Bells and Cockle Shells

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