How to Use a Melon Baller

Although the melon baller is a small tool with a specific name, it has many uses. Whether you need to produce perfect balls of melon, cheese or chocolate, or require a tool that gives you precision and a sharp rounded edge, a melon baller is what you need. Melon ballers are readily available and inexpensive. They also come in a variety of sizes. Chose the melon baller that will produce the size ball you want. The cup of the melon baller is the size of one-half of the resulting ball. If you plan to ball a harder food, such as cheese, choose a metal melon baller rather than plastic.


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      Press the top edges of the mellon baller deeply into the surface of the food you are balling.

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      Twist the baller clockwise, forming a ball of food.

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      Pull the baller out of the food and place the ball of food in a bowl or on a plate.

Tips & Warnings

  • If you're left handed, it may be more natural to turn the baller counterclockwise.
  • On produce, use your melon baller to remove the choke from an artichoke, seed a watermelon, hollow out vegetables, remove the strings and seeds from squash and core apples.
  • Other uses include forming truffle balls and miniature ice cream balls. You can perform any chore that requires round edges and precision with a melon baller.
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