The only problem with cut fruit and vegetables is the short counter life. Both fruit and vegetables start to "age" as soon as they are removed from the refrigerator. Once they have set out for a short while, there is absolutely nothing appetizing about looking at them, much less eating them. This year I tried something new. I purchased several iced buffet serving trays and they were fabulous!
I actually left the cut fruits and vegetables out for hours. At the end of the day, they were just as ripe and delicious 10 hours after I first set them out. I did have to change the ice several times during the day, but that was easy. I was also able to save the leftovers to eat later.
Buffet on Ice Serving Trays with Lids
Because I wasn't sure whether I wanted the iced trays with or without lids, I purchased one of each. After using them both, I now have a clear preference for which one works best for our family. I actually liked the lidded appetizer on ice tray the best. Since the appetizers were set out for all day "grazing" instead of a short duration luncheon style buffet, it was wonderful to have the food covered.
Prodyne AB-5-L Appetizers-On-Ice with Lids
- Revolving Tray - Lazy Susan Style
- Pretty Scalloped Edge
- 3 Lidded Sections
- Lids have Handles
- Removable lidded Dip Dish included
- 16 3/6" wide
- 5" deep
As you can see in the photo, you fill the bottom tray with a layer of ice, set the tray section over the ice, then cover with the lids. When the ice melts, you remove the lidded sections, pour off the water and add a new layer of ice.
Buffet on Ice Serving Trays without Lids
Clear 2pc Appetizer Server with Ice TrayThis is the second iced buffet serving tray I purchased and used. It does not have lids, it does not turn, and it does not have the vent holes like the tray above. The sections have solid bottoms. This is a two piece design where the entire top tray lifts away from the lower tray of ice.
However, there are no lids and no removable dip dish. This style would be an excellent choice for a luncheon or buffet dinner where an open server would be preferred.
This is a perfectly acceptable appetizers on ice buffet serving tray and I will certainly use it again. But, my first choice would be the pretty scalloped tray with the lids and separate dip dish above.
Both serving trays would need to be hand-washed.
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