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amother
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Post Tue, Apr 02 2024, 12:07 pm
Simcha? Making a bar mitzvah Sunday night and I’m serving fresh diced fruit at the dessert table.
How long in advance can I cut it up that it won’t spoil?
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amother
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Post Tue, Apr 02 2024, 7:03 pm
Bump
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amother
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Post Tue, Apr 02 2024, 8:33 pm
Not more than a day. You don’t want it developing a seltzer taste
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amother
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Post Tue, Apr 02 2024, 9:39 pm
amother Bone wrote:
Not more than a day. You don’t want it developing a seltzer taste

So if the simcha is Sunday night I can only do it motzei shabbos?
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amother
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Post Tue, Apr 02 2024, 9:44 pm
amother OP wrote:
So if the simcha is Sunday night I can only do it motzei shabbos?


If you don’t want to second guess yourself then yes.
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amother
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Post Wed, Apr 03 2024, 10:31 am
Thank you. Can anyone else chime in to support this idea? Anyone tried earlier and it worked?
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amother
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Post Wed, Apr 03 2024, 10:38 am
I would also say the night before.
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amother
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Post Wed, Apr 03 2024, 12:35 pm
Huh when stores sell pre cut fruit I’m sure it’s out for a few days
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amother
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Post Wed, Apr 03 2024, 12:40 pm
Umm, I was about to suggest just a few hours in advance. If the fruits are cut up 24 hours earlier, won't they be soggy/stale/drying out already?
I never buy cut up fruit from stores, because I think it's old and not hygienic.
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amother
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Post Wed, Apr 03 2024, 12:42 pm
amother Slateblue wrote:
Umm, I was about to suggest just a few hours in advance. If the fruits are cut up 24 hours earlier, won't they be soggy/stale/drying out already?
I never buy cut up fruit from stores, because I think it's old and not hygienic.

If you cut up a watermelon or honeydew you eat it in one sitting?
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amother
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Post Wed, Apr 03 2024, 12:50 pm
amother DarkCyan wrote:
Huh when stores sell pre cut fruit I’m sure it’s out for a few days

This is what I thought originally too but I see I may be wrong. It may really taste awful
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amother
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Post Wed, Apr 03 2024, 12:55 pm
amother DarkCyan wrote:
Huh when stores sell pre cut fruit I’m sure it’s out for a few days


And they usually don’t taste good even though it looks so pretty and costs a lot!
I’m about to dump a $15 platter that we barely ate from last shabbos. The fruit was going bad but there was no way to know that when I bought it.
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emzod42




 
 
    
 

Post Wed, Apr 03 2024, 1:06 pm
I'll go against the grain. I think it depends on the type of fruit. Watermelon gets soggy quickly so don't do that too early. Cantaloupe and honeydew, if they're on the firm side (not overripe), will keep fine. I regularly cut these up and use all week for lunches. Berries if properly dried are ok for a couple of days. Pineapple is prob a few days if it's not overripe. These things also keep better if they're not mixed together.

I've noticed that the stores always use pretty firm melon and they have absorbent layers to catch juices. You could cut any melon on Friday and store separately, and add a paper towel to absorb moisture.
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amother
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Post Wed, Apr 03 2024, 1:33 pm
emzod42 wrote:
I'll go against the grain. I think it depends on the type of fruit. Watermelon gets soggy quickly so don't do that too early. Cantaloupe and honeydew, if they're on the firm side (not overripe), will keep fine. I regularly cut these up and use all week for lunches. Berries if properly dried are ok for a couple of days. Pineapple is prob a few days if it's not overripe. These things also keep better if they're not mixed together.

I've noticed that the stores always use pretty firm melon and they have absorbent layers to catch juices. You could cut any melon on Friday and store separately, and add a paper towel to absorb moisture.

This is so helpful. Thank you
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ra_mom




 
 
    
 

Post Wed, Apr 03 2024, 1:41 pm
amother OP wrote:
So if the simcha is Sunday night I can only do it motzei shabbos?

No matter when you do it, you must keep each cut up fruit in a separate container. Don't mix or it will start to go off in a few hours.
Try to fold up some clean paper towels on bottom of container to collect the excess moisture.
Leave watermelon for night before for sure.
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amother
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Post Wed, Apr 03 2024, 2:30 pm
ra_mom wrote:
No matter when you do it, you must keep each cut up fruit in a separate container. Don't mix or it will start to go off in a few hours.
Try to fold up some clean paper towels on bottom of container to collect the excess moisture.
Leave watermelon for night before for sure.

Thank you this is also very helpful
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lamplighter




 
 
    
 

Post Wed, Apr 03 2024, 2:33 pm
Also if you have glass containers to store in, even better.
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