How to Make a Fruit Tray
Want to serve a fruit tray at your next gathering? Not sure how to swing it so that it looks pretty? No problem. Follow these easy tips to make pretty fruit platters with very little work.
Party season approaches! Passover, Easter, Mother's Day, Father's Day, weddings, graduations, baby showers, not to mention the endless parade of summer barbecues – time to get on your game when it comes to dishes to serve at your next party or to contribute to the next potluck.
One of the easiest and most well-received party platters is the classic fruit tray. It's simple! It's fresh! It fits almost any diet!
If you haven't honed your fruit tray game, now is the time to sharpen your skills. Trust me, this is not hard. You can prepare Pinterest-worthy fruit trays in no time.
There are beautiful, fresh, and delicious fruit trays and there are sad, soggy, gooey messes. We're going for the former here.
What is the Best Fruit for a Fruit Tray?
The best fruit for a fruit tray is the fruit that's in season! By purchasing in-season fruit you not only maximize the quality, but you also take advantage of best pricing.
While many fruits are imported and therefore available year-round, you may find better flavour and pricing in season.
Consider these fruits for your tray, depending on season:
- spring: berries, apricots, kiwi
- summer: peaches, plums, melons, berries
- fall: berries, pears, apples, grapes, citrus
- winter: grapefruit, oranges, kiwi, apples
- tropical, available year-round: pineapple, bananas, mango, papaya
Can I Cut Fruit the Night Before?
Cutting fruit doesn't take much time, but it's nice to have it prepped in advance for quick breakfasts and when you're entertaining guests. Make-ahead always makes life easier!
Fresh fruit can be cut the night before and stored in a covered container in the refrigerator. Not sure how to cut it? Scroll down for tips on how to cut all kinds of fruit.
How Long Does a Fruit Tray Last in the Fridge?
A cut fruit tray should be good in the refrigerator for 1 to 3 days, depending on how ripe the fruit was at the beginning. If it starts to look a bit droopy, blend it up in a smoothie.
How do you make a Fruit Tray Affordable?
Depending on which fruits you choose, a simple fruit tray can be a pricey affair! Here are some of the strategies I use to make this dish more economical:
- Meal plan around what's on sale. Check the grocery ads to see what's on sale this week. Hone in on those fruits and get creative as to how you can turn them into a great fruit platter.
- Do a price comparison. I know that ALDI is the best place for me to buy most produce when there isn't a great sale elsewhere, but Sprouts can be very competitive. I steer clear of Costco fruit because it tends to be very high priced. I keep track of prices so that I know who has the best deal where.
- Check the clearance section. Sometimes you'll find manager specials that offer you great discounts on fresh produce. There may be a blemish or two that you can easily cut away.
- Consider signing up with Imperfect Produce, a produce delivery service that partners with growers to get blemished and surplus fruits and vegetables onto your table.
- Talk to your local farmers. Head to your farmers market and talk to the growers there. They can let you know when they'll have best pricing and availability on fruits you enjoy.
- Check Freecycle or ask around your neighbourhood. Believe it or not, folks often have fruit trees that they aren't harvesting, leaving fruit just to rot. Smart folks will offer it for free to whoever wants to come pick it. Keep your eyes and ears open for these opportunities.
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