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There's a moldy Grape Tomato/Strawberry in the middle of my pint!!!

paulispumonti Jun 4, 2009 07:09 AM

It never fails, I scour the outside of the containers at the market and everything appears to be fresh and firm....Then I'm preparing a meal and there is almost ALWAYS at least one shriveled, molding, festering, and repulsive grape tomato or strawberry.....It's neighbors in the container appear to be healthy and edible, but I tend to discard them as well...often I'm tempted to dispose of the entire container.......How do you handle this matter????

  1. Veggo Jun 4, 2009 07:16 AM

    I toss the bad guy and rinse the good guys and move on. I think it's harmless.

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    1. re: Veggo
      Janet from Richmond Jun 4, 2009 07:21 AM

      This is what I do also.

      1. re: Veggo
        cstr Jun 4, 2009 09:14 AM

        2nd that, haven't died yet.

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          Nicole Jun 4, 2009 11:40 AM

          Same me. I only discard the one offender. The neighbors always taste fine and I've never gotten sick. It's inevitable.

          1. re: Veggo
            enbell Jun 4, 2009 01:52 PM

            Same here as well. It's happened to a grape or two amongst a bunch more than once. Same goes: remove, rinse, enjoy.

          2. viperlush Jun 4, 2009 08:12 AM

            It is a PITA when you spend time picking what you thought was the perfect carton. I probably go overboard but I throw away the moldy one and those touching it (unless I plan to eat them right then). All the others I closely inspect and discard any with signs of mold.

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              MattInNJ Jun 4, 2009 08:26 AM

              I either
              a - Discard the rotten offender and move on, knowing that if this is the worst thing that happens to me today life isn't really that bad.
              b - Goto the gas station, get a gallon of gas an proceed to burn down the store where I bought the rotten produce. Then when I stand over the managers disfigured body I scream "Why do you hate my freedom to have fresh produce!!"

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              1. re: MattInNJ
                Veggo Jun 4, 2009 08:41 AM

                Yo, Matt, ease up on the morning caffeine.

                1. re: MattInNJ
                  occula Jun 4, 2009 09:05 AM


                  1. re: MattInNJ
                    ricepad Jun 4, 2009 11:43 AM

                    Is one gallon enough?

                    1. re: MattInNJ
                      jfood Jun 6, 2009 04:45 AM

                      i was a juror in a similar case in NJ and we sent the guy away for 10 years.

                    2. Kajikit Jun 4, 2009 01:19 PM

                      Get rid of the icky one/s as quickly as possible before they contaminate the whole punnet, rinse and use their neighbours the same day... and count it as the luck of the draw. I bought a punnet of beautiful-looking strawberries at Publix on the weekend - came to use it the next night and the whole punnet had magically turned into a mould farm while my back was turned! I had to throw the whole lot out because they were almost all contaminated :(

                      1. The Professor Jun 4, 2009 01:52 PM

                        I agree with all...get rid of the bad one and rinse and enjoy the rest.

                        I didn't mean to be redundant with a "me too" post...but just wanted to say that I enjoyed learning a new word here today: Punnet.
                        I like it.
                        Great name for my next cat.

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                          Paulustrious Jun 5, 2009 08:42 AM

                          Punnet to me was always a UK word - and the dictionary agrees...


                          What's the US equivalent? It is not a clamshell as a punnet tends to be either a plastic lace-work container or a recycled cardboard thing, both being open at the top. The sort of thing you see at farmer's markets and not often in US supermarkets because they cannot be stacked. (That reason is just my guess.)

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                            Sooeygun Jun 5, 2009 10:24 AM


                            AFAIK, we would call it a pint or quart box depending on the size.

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                          bdachow Jun 5, 2009 10:45 AM

                          Unfortunately, it's a fact of life here in Bermuda, having produce shipped in kind of does that.

                          Toss the offender and any others that look slightly furry/fuzzy, give it a rinse and enjoy. A little mold won't kill ya, after all cheese is aged and so is beef and don't forget all the dirt we ate as kids. Lol.

                          1. jfood Jun 6, 2009 04:47 AM

                            give the offender a good lecture and send him into the Insinkerator. wash the rest and enjoy.

                            happened to jfood with the costco campari tomatoes last night. Those are great tomatoes

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                              bayoucook Jun 6, 2009 06:10 AM

                              our Sam's carries those - they are soooo good

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