Sometimes I feel like I'm in a race to use up all my perishable foods as fast as possible so I don't waste my hard earned money. I wish I could say I always used 100% of my produce and nothing ended up in the trash. I think it's horrible to throw away good food. Unfortunately, I can't always beat the clock and cook or eat every ingredient in my produce drawer fast enough.
Do you know that on average in the United States more than 25% of fresh fruits and vegetables that are purchased are thrown out before they are even consumed. That's more than 226 pounds of good food thrown in the trash by each family each year. (Information Source: OXO)
The reason we are throwing away so much good food is because we are simply not taking the time to store it properly when we get home. I know I am guilty of keeping some of my produced in the plastic grocery store bags that I use when I purchase my fruits and vegetables. Those bags are actually part of the problem.
There are three main reasons produce rots and spoils:
- Ethylene Gas: Fruits and vegetables give off ethylene gas. Exposing produce to ethylene gas speeds up the ripening process, causing it to over ripen and go bad.
- Improper Airflow: When produce rests against the walls of containers, bags or crispers, moisture can build up and cause rotting.
- Uncontrolled Humidity: Fruits and vegetables require the perfect balance of humidity to keep them crisp and prevent wilting. To make things more difficult, different kinds of produce require different humidity levels. (Information Source: OXO)
So, OXO came up with the Greensaver Produce Keeper. This great food storage unit neatly stores your produce and keeps it fresher longer.
The GreenSaver can absorb ethylene gas, promote airflow and control humidity.
I tested out the GreenSaver with a bag of fresh sweet peppers sent to my from Melissa's Produce. The peppers fit perfectly in the produce keeper and looked so nice in my fridge.
They were plump and perfect for two weeks and I was able to get a lot of use of them. The produce keeper was easy to use and I was able to use it right away.
Melissa's Produce is the leading U.S. variety distributor of specialty and organic fresh produce. The company imports exotic fruits and vegetables from around the world.
|Disclaimer: I was sent an OXO GreenSaver Produce Keeper and Melissa's Produce bags of sweet peppers. I was not paid for this review. All opinions and recipes are my own.|
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