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Buying Ready Cut Watermelon

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What about ready cut cantaloupe?

Better safe than sorry
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Better safe than sorry

I was taught to simply cut away a small amount all over to create a fresh surface with my own knife. Interesting that rinsing with water makes things worse.

question
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question

Why does the rabbi not quote the heter in sulchan aruch to slice a sliver off and thereby cut off any part that may have touched the knife

To #2 and #3
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To #2 and #3

The rabbi does not quote “the heter” because: There is NO NEED at all to cut a sliver off from a non-sharp fruit or vegetable. It is muttar without “the heter”.

#1 Canteloupe is obviously the same as watermelon
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#1 Canteloupe is obviously the same as watermelon

And therefore no problem. Since the knife was certainly clean it doesn’t matter what its history may be.

clear-cut
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clear-cut

the rama says clearly that lemons cut in a goyishe inn ( used for tea) are mutar for 2reasons a. sakinim meyuchadim & b. even if the knife was used … its botul in the many cuts as any supermatket is cutting numerous cuts in one watermelon
however a china man or one of these small momo & pop shops one should be more careful

Clean knife
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Clean knife

What does it mean you are certain the knife was clean?

Some poskim and response to number 3
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Some poskim and response to number 3

There are some poskim that day that watermelon is considered a sharp fruit. I believe its a pri megadim somewhere in orach chayim siman 96. according to that, merely cutting of a sliver is NOT sufficient and it would either need a thicker cut off, or be totally osur. (And in response to o number 3, cutting off a sliver doesn’t always work, especially with sharp foods and therefore as a general rule the rav didn’t bring it.

Major supermarkets are ok
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Major supermarkets are ok

In large supermarkets i.e. Costco shop rite albertsons there’s no problem
The workers are terrified to take a knife from the deli and use it in the fruit and vegetable area
The scandal that would erupt would get them fired immediately
The problem is in small mom & pop grocery stores

To #1 & 5
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To #1 & 5

NO
cantaloupe is NOT the same.
Did you ever see a watermelon knife?
it looks like a machete.
No one will use a watermelon knife for anything BUT watermelon….

Local vaad
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Local vaad

The local vaad here doesn’t permit cut produce from any supermarket, but does when it comes from a produce distributor, where there’s no possibility of cross contamination.

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