Pamela's Kitchen: Melon Meter - The Packer

Pamela's Kitchen: Melon Meter

07/09/2012 03:53:00 PM
Pamela Riemenschneider

I’ve never been much of a melon thumper myself, having always relied on the tried and true advice from watermelon queen contestants from a National Watermelon Association convention I attended back in 2006: Always pick a watermelon that’s heavy for its size, a uniform shape, and has a nice yellow patch on the bottom.

The Melon Meter app, available for $1.99, is supposed to take that guesswork out of choosing a watermelon that’s ready to eat.

All you have to do is find a quiet place in the produce department, place your smart phone on top, launch the meter and thump away.

It took a while for Ike and I to get the hang of it, but once we did we were professional watermelon thumpers.

I gave this a 6/10 for usability – we had a lot of background noise that interfered with the app and it was hard to get a good thump at first, but for fun, that’s totally an 8/10. Even the checkers got into it, borrowing my phone to thump melons at the checkout.

This was definitely $2 worth of fun.

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Arroyo Grande  |  July, 10, 2012 at 05:11 PM

I didn't see Pamela taste the melons. It's all about the flavor, you know!

Austin, TX  |  July, 13, 2012 at 11:28 AM

Hi, I did try them, (all were sweet and tasty, except the yucky one, which I didn't try) but I didn't judge that for Pamela's Kitchen because the app doesn't claim to detect sweetness, just density as an indicator of ripeness. In other news, I've had enough watermelon for a lifetime. Pamela

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