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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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