Deprecated: The PSR-0 `Requests_...` class names in the Requests library are deprecated. Switch to the PSR-4 `WpOrg\Requests\...` class names at your earliest convenience. in /home/customer/www/ on line 24
Keep Produce Fresh Longer

Keep Produce Fresh Longer

One of my favourite parts of summer is the abundance of fresh fruits and vegetables available from the grocery store, farmer’s market and my own garden. I have a tendency to stock up when something I really love, like peaches or green beans, is in season. In the past, this meant I often ended up having to throw some of these yummies away because I couldn’t eat it all before it started going bad. (And when I say “throwing away,” I mean throwing into my composter, so it wasn’t TOTALLY wasted. But still…)

But a few years ago, I found these cool ExtraLife Produce Saver Disks and now I rarely have this problem.

At first I thought they would be another one of those “As Seen on TV”-type things that not only sound too good to be true but turn out to be, in fact, not true. But they really do work and they’ve been great for both saving me money and helping me maintain a clean conscience.

Some fruits, like apples and bananas, produce a gas called ethylene, which allows them to keep ripening after they’ve been picked. This is why if you have an unripe banana and you put it in a closed paper bag, it will ripen faster because the gas is concentrated around it. The problem is other fruits and vegetables are also sensitive to the gas and if they’re stored near the gas-producing fruit, they’ll quickly start to rot.

Here’s a great article from the Vegetarian Times explaining how the process works and which foods should and should not be stored near each other. (It also has lots of other great tips liking keeping a cooler in the car to prevent produce from heating up if you’re going to have to make stops after grocery shopping so definitely check it out!)

Spoiled Rotten – How to Store Fruits and Vegetables

But, if you’re like me, you might want to just throw one of these disks into each of your crispers instead. They contain a filter that absorbs the ethylene gas, keeping the produce lasting longer. (I also keep one in the main section of the fridge because my crispers normally can’t handle all the fruits and vegetables I buy! 🙂

The disks last three months so it’s easy to time the changeover with the seasons. My next set will be going in in a few days.

You can also get a reusable produce preserver that has a disposable insert so you’re not throwing away as much plastic.

You may also be interested in:

Untech: Two Great Sources for Your Holiday Coffee Gifts

Sharing: What Food Banks Need Most

Elizabeth Kricfalusi

Recent Posts

T4L Monthly Update: February 2019

CES 2019, FaceTime bug, streaming the Super Bowl, Wi-Fi calling for Android phones.

5 years ago

Top Tech Stocking Stuffers

Big-ticket electronics get all the attention, but these little extras are always appreciated.

6 years ago

Four Ways to Access Control Panel in Windows 10

Microsoft is doing its darndest to hide the classic Control Panel from Windows 10 users.…

6 years ago