Peter Piper picked a peck of pickled peppers, and then he put them in the fridge and somehow they got pushed to the back behind the eggs and milk and then he forgot about them until one day he found them... all soft and shriveled. Ever happened to you? I hate to admit it, but I find more produce in my fridge that I had planned to use and then forgot about than I care to say. Such a waste.
As a mostly plant based family, my fridge is filled to the brim with fresh veggies and fruits, and as I mentioned earlier, occasionally my eyes get the better of me at a local farmer's markets and I arrive home with not one, but 4 gorgeous bunches of various colored lettuces.
With all good intentions I toss together a salad, and then another the next day. The third day may find me blending some of the tender leaves into juice, but the fourth day has met tired of lettuce. So I let it sit a day or two, and by the time I'm back to it the beautiful leaves have begun to wilt, or perhaps have even become slimy and spoiled.
Enter the Greensaver. I love a good science experiment, and when OXO sent a Greensaver with Activated Carbon System in combination with some of my favorite multicolored Mini Sweet Peppers from Melissa's Produce I placed most of the peppers directly into the Greensaver leaving a handful in the bag they arrived in. And I tried to forget about them.
But for once I couldn't forget about my gorgeous perfect produce and checked them almost daily. Peppers, though, have a longer shelf life than many greens, and I didn't really see much of a difference in the first week in the fridge.
But then I did forget about them. Really... they got pushed to the back, and it wasn't until I realized my Oxo deadline was fast approaching that we dug back into the fridge half expecting to find a science experiment gone too far.
Pulling the peppers from the bag I found somewhat soft and shriveled fruits. Still edible, but no where near their prime. However, popping the top of the Greensaver we contrarily pulled out gorgeous, photo-worthy (photos show each and every blemish) crisp fruits!
|Can you guess which pepper had a stay in the Oxo Greensaver??|
That's when I turned tail and headed to the store for more Greensavers. Yes, I'm now the proud owner of 4 Greensavers and tomorrow morning they will all be filled as I arrive home with that extra produce I just won't be able to pass up at the local market.
Storing my veggies and fruits in the bags I brought them home in has been something I've always done. Occasionally I place a paper towel in the bag, but more often than not I don't. But after some research, I've come to find that storing produce this way may actually cause it to go bad faster, ergo that slimy lettuce when I reach for it to make my salad after just a few days in the fridge.
The three main reasons produce rots and spoils are:
- Ethlyene Gas - Fruits and vegetables give off Ethlyne Gas. Exposing produce to the gas speeds up the ripening process (ever put an apple with bananas to ripen them faster?) and can cause over ripening which can then lead to spoilage.
- Improper Airflow - When produce rests up against the walls of a bag or container, moisture can build up and cause rotting.
- Uncontrolled Humidity - Fruits and vegetables require a perfect balance of humidity to remain in peak condition and prevent softness or wilting. To make things harder, different varieties of produce have different humidity requirements.
First the Ethylene Gas. The Greensaver uses a plant based (coconut husk - making them safe and non-toxic) carbon filter to absorb the gas which in turn slows down the ripening process and slows spoilage giving you more time with that gorgeous lettuce.
Airflow. The Greensaver uses an elevated basket lifting the produce up and away from the bottom and sides of the container and allowing air to "flow" around the produce. And as a bonus, the basket simply lifts out of the box and can be used as a colander.
Humidity. A vent on top of each Produce Keeper slides open and closed to maintain optimum humidity levels for different kinds of produce keeping them crisp and fresh.
According to my experiment (we actually followed the scientific method!), this OXO Greensaver works. And not only does it work to keep the produce crisp and fresh longer, it organizes your fridge! I love the clear boxes allowing me to throw away those opaque grocery store bags where you can't really see what's in them and instead to see directly into each bin and know exactly you have on hand.
My thanks to OXO and Melissa's Produce for sending us a Greensaver and those crisp, sweet mini peppers. I'm sold on the Greensaver. And my produce? We're enjoying more time together!