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Question about real fruit

Postby Gage » Sat Jul 30, 2011 8:08 pm

Hello everyone. It's been a while, and now that were in full-on prep mode, I was hoping for some advice...

I want to bring outruit this year, for personal consumption & for gifting throughout the week. I have a Trike with a cooler, and I would like to take fruit out with me everyday... Does anyone have suggestions on how to best store it for the trip/week? And then maybe some suggestions for serving portions & way to serve it throughout the day while I'm oot-n-aboot?

Thanks ahead of time for your suggestions! :D
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Re: Question about real fruit

Postby Elderberry » Sat Jul 30, 2011 8:33 pm

Lots of people are going to be advising you against it. Personally, we bring fresh fruit, but we also bring an electric refrigerator. You don't want to pass out anything with a large pit in it, like a peach, because that will stand a good likelihood of just becoming moop. Same goes for rinds, like watermelon. If you are serving that, make sure it's seedless and cut it off the rind. (not maybe so good for passing out from your trike.) At camp, we'll cut up a whole watermelon and pass around slices on the rind. But in our camp, everyone knows where the rinds are supposed to go. Skin as in oranges isn't a good idea because of the moop factor, but you could server orange sections already peeled.

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Re: Question about real fruit

Postby gyre » Sat Jul 30, 2011 10:21 pm

I always take some fruit out.

Bananas I leave in the open, in shade.
Mango and some others I keep in the tray in the top of the warmer cooler.
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Re: Question about real fruit

Postby Gage » Sat Jul 30, 2011 10:22 pm

Thanks for the reply JK. I was leaning more towards frozen grapes & pineapple, and fresh strawberries...
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Re: Question about real fruit

Postby Eric » Sat Jul 30, 2011 10:36 pm

GageNdG wrote:Thanks for the reply JK. I was leaning more towards frozen grapes & pineapple, and fresh strawberries...


Holy crap, frozen grapes mid-week would be heaven! Pull them off the stems, put them in small ziplocks in quantities you think would work to carry around, carry those with you.

Couple of warnings: make sure you're extremely clean in your prep for this, and, whatever you do, do not let anyone reach into the bags!! You really want to make sure food is clean, the food sickness isn't something you want on the playa! It would probably be easiest to pour a few into people's hands.
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Re: Question about real fruit

Postby Elderberry » Sat Jul 30, 2011 10:38 pm

That sounds yummy! And would be a hit on the playa IMHO. All you'll have to do now is figure out how to keep the grapes frozen.
GageNdG wrote:Thanks for the reply JK. I was leaning more towards frozen grapes & pineapple, and fresh strawberries...
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Re: Question about real fruit

Postby Minxy » Sat Jul 30, 2011 10:54 pm

Oh dear god, a frozen grape is sheer heaven out there. Seriously. Better than an orgasm.
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Re: Question about real fruit

Postby Eric » Sat Jul 30, 2011 11:07 pm

jkisha wrote:That sounds yummy! And would be a hit on the playa IMHO. All you'll have to do now is figure out how to keep the grapes frozen.
GageNdG wrote:Thanks for the reply JK. I was leaning more towards frozen grapes & pineapple, and fresh strawberries...


Same way you keep anything frozen out there- ice, a cooler that only gets opened once a day and a "regular" cooler, the grapes for that day get moved to the regular cooler, the other cooler doesn't get opened again.

Check the "cooler" threads.
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Re: Question about real fruit

Postby Gage » Sun Jul 31, 2011 10:23 am

Love you guys/gals! Thanks for the replies! I hadn't thought about other people diving into my food. I'll find a way to give out small portions at a time without creating more moop...
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Re: Question about real fruit

Postby Elderberry » Sun Jul 31, 2011 10:31 am

They make zip lock bags that are standard width of sandwich size but only 3" deep give or take. That might work. Or, if you're looking for something even smaller, try head shops or coin shops--search for small zip lock backs on Google.
GageNdG wrote:Love you guys/gals! Thanks for the replies! I hadn't thought about other people diving into my food. I'll find a way to give out small portions at a time without creating more moop...
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Re: Question about real fruit

Postby theCryptofishist » Sun Jul 31, 2011 10:52 am

jkisha wrote:They make zip lock bags that are standard width of sandwich size but only 3" deep give or take. That might work. Or, if you're looking for something even smaller, try head shops or coin shops--search for small zip lock backs on Google.
GageNdG wrote:Love you guys/gals! Thanks for the replies! I hadn't thought about other people diving into my food. I'll find a way to give out small portions at a time without creating more moop...

Bead shops will also have small bags, hardware stores. Food grade? No. Does that matter?
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Re: Question about real fruit

Postby Elorrum » Sun Jul 31, 2011 10:57 am

Minxy wrote:Oh dear god, a frozen grape is sheer heaven out there. Seriously. Better than an orgasm.

you might be doing it wrong.... Frozen grapes are great!
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Re: Question about real fruit

Postby Minxy » Sun Jul 31, 2011 11:05 am

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Re: Question about real fruit

Postby gyre » Sun Jul 31, 2011 11:43 am

theCryptofishist wrote:Bead shops will also have small bags, hardware stores. Food grade? No. Does that matter?

Electronic suppliers sell them by the millions, various sizes and strengths.
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Re: Question about real fruit

Postby jella » Mon Aug 01, 2011 11:28 am

I couldn't imagine a week without fresh fruit personally , last year a cut up melons at home cut into chucked and mixed with grapes and berries then stored in gallon zip lock bags in our rv fridge. I shared a little but consumed most of it myself soooo hydrating and refreshing !
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Re: Question about real fruit

Postby phil » Mon Aug 01, 2011 11:53 am

People often hand out fresh fruit and veggies on the playa. My objection is that we then have people wandering around with apple cores, banana skins, orange rinds, and the like, looking for a place to put them. If you're going to hand out stuff that generates garbage, kindly stick around and collect the waste.

People _love_ the fresh stuff, but it's really aggravating having them wander around asking people to take their garbage because they don't want to carry it around.
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