If you are making a fruit salad or you want to present fruits in a different way, why not try using a melon baller? Melon ballers are relatively inexpensive yet useful, and they will save you a lot of time and effort in trying to create circular forms out of fruits. If you have never used a melon baller before, here are some simple and easy to follow instructions that will help you get started.
First, you will need to decide what fruit you are going to make balls out of. This is important because some fruits are not appropriate for a melon baller. For instance, it would be difficult to use a melon baller on a strawberry (even though it is possible). Apples would be equally difficult because the flesh is quite hard. However, melon ballers are best for large fleshy fruit, such as muskmelons (cantaloupes), papaya, mangoes, and watermelons. As you can see, melon ballers are best used for melons, hence the name of the tool.
There are different types of melon ballers. Some are made out of wood, while most are made out of stainless steel. The metal melon ballers will last for a long time, although you must take proper care of them. Most melon ballers come with two ends of different sizes. One end is for larger balls while the other end is for smaller balls. Some melon ballers will only have one bowled end, while the other end may just be blunt or may have a different function, such as scraping the fruit’s flesh. Choose the melon baller that you think will be most useful for you.
To use the melon baller, wash and cut the fruit down the center. If you are cutting a melon, you can steady the fruit by slicing off a thin piece of the bottom or the top, and then setting the melon down on that flat surface. Be sure to remove all of the seeds if you are using muskmelons. Wash the fruit again, and then use the melon baller as if you were scooping out ice cream. If you want fully-formed “balls,” you will need to make deep plunges into the flesh and then scoop. If you want half-balls, you will simply just scoop using shallow moves. Start from the middle of the fruit where there is usually a cavity. For instance, muskmelons’ centers are usually filled with seeds, and once the seeds are scooped out you have a great starting point for using your melon baller. If you are using the melon baller on a mango, just start closer to the edge. That way, you will get more “fully-formed” balls.
As you can see, using a melon baller is easy as pie. Don’t let this strange-looking gadget fool you into thinking that it is difficult to use. This is one of the easiest kitchen tools that you will use.