1) Is there any way to check lettuce on Shabbos? 2) If the lettuce had been put into a liquid that kills the bugs before Shabbos, is there then a way to check it?

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As always, CYLOR. But here's what I found while looking around the web:

From here:

330. The outside leaves of lettuce which are not fit for eating may be taken off on Shabbos in order to reach the good leaves, provided that this is done just before the meal. Lettuce leaves may be examined on Shabbos to make sure there are no insects on them. Insects that are found should be removed along with a piece of the leaf.

And here:

SHABBOS CAUTION: Because of the Shabbos prohibition of selecting, Borrer, whenever an insect is found on a vegetable the insect alone may not be removed. Rather, part of the vegetable containing the insect and an additional portion should be cut away, thereby effectively removing the insect from the vegetable. Any procedures requiring soaking the vegetable in salt water should not be done on Shabbos.

  • How would removing a bug from a leaf be borer more than removing a fork from the table? Does the bug's "adhesiveness" to the leaf make it like it's attached?
    – YDK
    Nov 21, 2011 at 2:41
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    The difference between the bug-lettuce scenario and the fork-table scenario is that in the former, the bug is undesirable, and is being removed from something desirable. In the latter, both the fork and table are desirable. At least, that allows for the second solution by @yydl. Unless you meant a single-use fork which will subsequently be disposed of, in which case I have the same question as you. Nov 22, 2011 at 5:22

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