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Step 1: Place washed melon on a cutting board, and use a sharp, heavy knife to slice about one inch from the stem end to make a stable cutting surface.
Tip: Always rinse a melon before slicing. Melons are grown in dirt and frequently handled: They may look clean but can harbor bacteria on the skin—especially netted varieties like cantaloupe. Thoroughly rinse so you don't transfer bacteria to fruit when cutting.