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Old 07-29-14, 02:03 PM   #1
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Transport soft, juicy and tender fleshy in-season fruits?

Does anyone have an ingenious (clever or simple) way to transports those delicious in season fruits. I mean nectarines, peaches, plums, apricots and the such? Mine always get to work as bruised as a red headed step child (I am a red headed step child).

I would enjoy them a bit more if they were not soft and mushy in some spots.
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Transport soft, juicy and tender fleshy in-season fruits?

Does anyone have an ingenious (clever or simple) way to transports those delicious in season fruits. I mean nectarines, peaches, plums, apricots and the such? Mine always get to work as bruised as a red headed step child (I am a red headed step child).

I would enjoy them a bit more if they were not soft and mushy in some spots.
You get a milk crate or wood produce crate and some of the paperboard that fruits are shipped in & stack them in layers, with the hardest stuff on bottom & softest stuff on top. Other option is layers of medium bubble wrap, with bubble wrap all around the sides too. Lastly, avoid road chasms & other bumpy type things.

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This is the paperboard stuff i'm talking about.


Wood produce crate:


Fruit is shipped with just these 2 things via may different conveyances, from belts in the packing house to railcars, to bicycles and vans, so you should be safe using this setup.

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In the plastic bag with handles. I've carried them hanging from the handlebar, tied over the top, but I really don't like carrying anything that way. Fruit in soft panniers don't work for me either.

Bungie cord over the center of the grocery bag on top of a pack on the rack, the cord between groups of fruit in the bag, but even that bangs them up some if they bounce. Better yet in the very top of a backpack loosely filled, often with things like bread or eggs.
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Thanks Andy.

The paperboard will certainly work if I trim it down to fit in a pannier. I had not considered the paperboard and will snag some from the store my next stop.

I have to rule out the crate. I am thinking more along my daily lunch, which is usually 4-5 pieces in a pannier. Plus most days I have no access to my rear rack, so the crate is out.
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Oh, lunch - I was thinking shopping.

I never bring lunch so I'm just spitballing but what if you just excessively wad the fruit up in the throwaway plastic shopping bags? That's what I do with six-packs (not to work obviously).
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not at the bottom of the bag... how else?
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If you stick the fruit in a zip-lock bag, you can blow some air into the bag before sealing it. This will create an air cushion that protects your fruit.
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In the lunchbox area of department stores (Big W or Target in Australia) I've seen individual cupcake holders. They are round and small. Designed to hold just one cupcake.


That might be suitable for you :-)
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Same way my wife carries a loaf of bread in a shopping bag? Loaf of bread in first, gallon of milk on top?
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Wrap in kitchen towels.
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Small tupperware like containers.
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fruit shaped containers : https://www.google.com/search?q=frui...h=756&dpr=0.85
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I have a Timbuk2 Catapult specifically to carry eggs and bananas.

Bananas don't get bruised and I put a plastic bag, wadded up, on top of the eggs in the carton. Have yet to break an egg. The first 100% successful method that I've tried.

And, it will hold a six pack of tallboy Buds.
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I use a banjo brothers grocery pannier (or 2) for farmers markets runs almost every weekend. I put the harder stuff on the bottom and use some towel scraps or something to cradle anything fragile on the top. No problems.
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Front bag on my Brompton , here .. Sunday street market includes Fruit/Veg sellers..
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I went with the towel yesterday with two peaches and two nectarines and a hand full of plums. They made it pretty well.

I also want to try to keep away from the huge bulk containers, since I already take too much. But the shaped containers are nice looking.

I also can not pull off the weekly one time delivery. Or else I would need a whole pannier just for the fruit.


@mrogers I have tried this method for the days I want smoothies. I add some coconut and seeds when I get to work and pout it in my mug. The grit I pass off as insoluble fiber.
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You must eat a lot of fruit! I generally carry an apple and banana every day in my racktop bag or saddlebag. Apples aren't usually a problem but bananas get bruised if I am carrying too much hard-edged gear. If that's the case, I stick the banana in one of my jersey pockets. I haven't tried carry peaches, plums, etc., for the reasons you mentioned.
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Yeah I tend to eat at least 5-6 pieces a day.
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I have been bringing soft fruit to work for the last couple of weeks in my panniers. I put them in a plastic bag and then on top of the plastic bag that contains my clothes so that my clothes will soften the movement/bumps. My 4 kiwi survived this morning (well, until break time that is).
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mmm. kiwi, I have not had them in a while.

I am awaiting figs, plums and pear season. Possibly my favorite three.

There are two fig trees in someones yard on my commute I want to raid. They were not ready last week and I have not checked yet this week.
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I'll often do what wphamilton says, carry them in a bag hanging from my handlebars or ride one handed and carry the fruit in my other hand. If I'll be carrying a lot, like from the farmers market I'll put my stecco rack on and throw a small towel in it to cushion them.
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When I buy fruits such as peaches, nectarines, bananas, apricots I choose the ones which are a little on a hard side and let them ripen and get soft at home, they are easier to transport when hard...I also buy frozen berries which are easy to carry.
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