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Top 4 Hacks for Fresh Fruit Arrangements

Perfectly-cut pineapple flowers, strawberry roses, and skewers of grapes look sweet, luscious, and inviting – but not if extreme weather gets involved. When the fruit in floral arrangements needs to travel or viable for prolonged display, here are a few simple tricks to keep colors bright and flavors sweet and juicy.

Fruit Arrangement Hack 1: Procrastinate a Bit.

The closer to “presentation time” that fruit is cut into arrangement shapes, the less time it has to soften or oxidize. Plan to cut and assemble your fruit arrangement shapes just before assembling and transporting them to the lucky recipient. Chances are they’ll want to dig right in once they see how beautiful it looks, and this handy tip keeps the fruit tasting fresh as well. If the route from your kitchen to the gifting spot is a little longer than you’d like, consider packing cut fruit in airtight containers and doing the final assembly in secret once you arrive.

Fruit Arrangement Hack 2: Stay Sharp.

Bruising, browning, chunking, and smooshing happen when a knife fails to cut fruit cleanly. Always use the sharpest knife you have to slice fruits like apples and strawberries, as this will give you the best control over variables like slicing thickness and prevent ragged, unsightly edges on your pieces. If you’re planning to use shaped cutters to make shapes in your fruit, slice off a large, flat “fillet” of the fruit first and use the cutter on it. This will minimize the stress and pressure of the cutting edge on the fruit, hopefully offering a smooth, clean shape.

Fruit Arrangement Hack 3: Ward off Browning.

A quick dip in pineapple juice, a 1:1 lemon/water ratio, or even ginger ale will help cut fruit stay looking bright and fresh for longer. The key is to make it a quick dip, as soaking the fruit may change the taste. These solutions have acidic qualities that help slow or stop the oxidation that causes ugly brown spots on items like cut apples. If the visual impact is especially important, try dipping half the fruit in one of the solutions and the other half in melted chocolate for a stylish two-tone effect.

Fruit Arrangement Hack 4: Hide Some Chill.

Most fruits don’t take well to freezing, turning unsightly colors or becoming soggy and messy as they thaw out. Grapes are one of the notable exceptions: because they’re mostly made of water, they freeze solid relatively quickly. Try skewering a few grapes and placing them in the freezer until they turn solid. Once they’re removed from the freezer, they can then be slid off the skewers like beads and interspersed with cut fruit to keep it deliciously chilled for longer.

Your cut fruit arrangement is destined to dazzle your lucky recipient with beautiful colors, lovely aromas, and deliciously sweet bites of fruit. The next time you’re creating a masterpiece, use these easy hacks to put your best fruit forward and give them a mouthwatering gift they’ll never forget.

 

 

 

 

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