How To Carve A Watermelon Keg

    Published: 06-16-2009
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    Miki Knowles, food stylist with the National Watermelon Promotion Board, demonstrates how to make a watermelon keg carving.

    Miki Knowles: Hi! I am Miki Knowles and I am here today to show you how to carve a watermelon into a keg. For this you are going to need a medium to a large oval or oblong watermelon. You are going to need a spigot which you can get at a beer making supply store or order online. Twine and straight pins, a dry erase marker, a knife, an apple corer, here is two different styles, you only need one style but I just want to show you both kinds. This style has where the core goes in and it is able to push out. And this is an open style. And you are going to need a channel knife and a bowl and a spoon or bowl and scoop.

    For step 1, you are going to wash the watermelon under cool running water and pat dry.

    For step 2, on the cutting board, place the watermelon on its side and cut a quarter to half an inch from both ends being careful not to cut too deep into the white part of the rind. One side will provide a sturdy base.

    For step 3, use dry erase marker a painter tape to make a thick band on the upper 3rd and lower 3rd of the watermelon that will represent the metal bands around the keg. Then use the channel knife to trace the outline of the metal hoops. You can also use the paring knife for this. The channel knife makes it a little bit easier. Once you are done trimming away that outline, just take a towel and wipe away any of the dry erase mark that might be there.

    For step 4, you are going to hollow up the watermelon with the scoop or a spoon. Now that you have it nice and hollow remember you want to make sure that you leave about the 2 inches of watermelon towards the bottom so that you have room for your spigot.

    For step 5, you are going to use the apple corer to cut a circle for your spigot to fit through the watermelon rind, placing it about 2 or 3 inches about the bottom of the watermelon and then screw your spigot into place. In step 6, for add a detail carefully pin twine in your lines you have made to represents the metal bands around the keg. Be careful that the pins don't poke through.

    Now that you are finished, for step 7 you are going to place your keg on a pedestal or a plate, fill it with your favorite punch and enjoy.