9 Ways to Extend the Life of Your Fruits & Vegetables
We all know most food products have a shelf life — fruits and veggies having one of the shortest life spans on the market. In order to not feel like we are wasting so much food and money, we scoured the 'net to find some of the top food-preservation systems and gadgets that promise to extend the life of your produce, if only for an extra day or two.
1. Onion Saver
The Hutzler Onion Saver contains onion odors within its rounded shell while keeping cut onions fresh and moist. Made to look like an onion, the onion saver will never get lost in the fridge or forgotten. The two sides simply attach by a twist lock, and the saver is dishwasher-safe and BPA-free.
Hutzler Onion Saver, available at Amazon
2. Avocado keeper & storage container
Never waste leftover avocados again. The Joie avocado keeper allows you to store leftover avocado halves to ensure they stay fresh, firm and odor free and also prevents browning.
Joie avocado keeper, available at Amazon
3. Fruit life-extender liner
The fruit-life extender liner keeps produce fresher longer with its open-cell foam material that allows air to circulate beneath food in refrigerator drawers. Fruits and veggies stay crisp and full of flavor longer.
Fruit life-extender liner, available at Amazon
4. Banana bag
Another option for produce storage is a banana bag. The airtight design of the bag drastically slows down the ripening process and can extend the freshness of fruit and vegetables by up to two weeks. Simply place your produce in the bag, pull tight and place in the fridge to keep your food fresher longer. Made from easy-to-clean nylon with a bright yellow color so you never forget the food stored in your fridge.
Banana bag, available at Amazon
5. Farberware Food Huggers
Food Huggers by Farberware is a set of four reusable silicone food covers that help preserve the freshness of leftover fruits and vegetables. Simply push the leftover half of the food down into the closest-size Hugger and save it in the fridge until you need to use it again. The food hugger works by creating a seal to hold in the natural juices and prevent exposure to circulating air, which contributes to food spoilage or dehydration. They work great on dry items like nuts, candy and cereals too.
Farberware Food Huggers, available at Amazon
6. Produce mesh bags for hanging storage
These reusable fruit and vegetable mesh bags provide convenient hanging storage for produce such as potatoes, onions, peppers, fruits and garlic. Made from polyester, the mesh is breathable and helps prevent the growth of bacteria. The bottoms of the bags have a hole with a Velcro fastener to allow for easy access and prevent items from falling out.
Mesh produce bags, available at Amazon
7. Herb Saver
Herbs are one of the hardest types of produce to keep fresh. Recipes only call for a minimal amount, and you are usually left with a large bundle that gets placed in a plastic bag to spoil in your drawer. The Hutzler Herb Saver is the perfect way to store fresh herbs — the three-piece set includes a base to be filled with water, a holder ring for keeping herbs in place and a cover to keep them clean and dust free. This device stores them at the optimum vapor pressure and a humidity that keeps them fresh longer.
Herb Saver, available at Amazon
8. Fruit & vegetable freshness extender
Lastly, we have a fruit and vegetable freshness extender by Fresh’n Crisp. This innovative product extends the life of your product by absorbing and neutralizing the ethylene gas that accelerates aging in your produce to prolong their life and freshness, similar to a baking soda box. Simply place the extender wherever you put your produce or other foods and let it work its magic.
Fruit and vegetable freshness extender, available at Amazon
9. Produce Saver food storage container
The Rubbermaid FreshWorks Produce Saver food storage container has a built-in FreshVent lid filter to regulate the flow of oxygen and carbon dioxide to help keep your produce fresh up to 80 percent longer. This creates the best environment for your produce, which means fewer trips to the grocery store and more savings for your wallet.
Produce Saver food storage container, available at Amazon
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