6/9/11

UPDATED: CLEARLY FRESH PRODUCE BAGS COUPON CODE NOW AVAILABLE



Bananas are a favorite fruit of my husband, but many times the bunch start to get speckled and overripe before he can find them all.  They don't go to waste in our household because I instantly pop them into the freezer to use for future banana bread and banana bars but when I was given a sample of a new vegetable/fruit storage bag to try from clearlyfreshbags.com, my plan was to test them on our favorite fruit and vegetables to see if I would notice in how long our produce stayed fresh verses my regular storage habits.

bananas in my freezer
If you've never heard of breathable storage bags, please check out their faq page for more information.

Clearly Fresh bags look similar and feel similar to the large clear zip bags most of us have in our homes.  These however are equipped with a breathable 3 inch square membrane on one side.  They allow you to keep your fruits and vegetables fresher longer by allowing the bags to 'breath' while regular plastic storage bags do not.  At 12"X14" they are large enough to allow you to store an entire bunch of bananas or a whole head of lettuce. 

Because I couldn't personally test more than one or two fruits or vegetables, here is a list from their website showing some of the items they feel Clearly Fresh works best on:

• Bananas
• Avocados
• Apples
• Mangos
• Papayas
• Asparagus
• Broccoli
• Carrots
• Lettuce
• Cucumbers
• Berries

This week I ended up testing the Clearly Fresh bags on green onions, celery and cucumbers.  I didn't get a chance to test my banana theory as my two 'banana eaters' in the house were both gone this week so didn't purchase them during my last trip to the store.

In the end I'd say the bags provided excellent storage for the green onions and cucumbers, while the celery performed at best, average but I think that is because I washed and cut it before storage and of course celery likes to be stored whole and unwashed until you need it.

Their website states that strawberries are best stored in the bag unwashed and uncut as well;  which I couldn't test because the strawberries I came home with were immediately grabbed and gobbled up by my teenage son and his girlfriend!

UPDATE:
*Clearly Fresh Bags would like to offer all my readers and subscribers a 15% off discount on all orders placed in the next 15 days. The offer code for the 15% off is "AHM15". The offer starts Saturday, June 11th and is good until July 1, 2011. In order to receive the 15% off discount,  readers will need to check out through the clearlyfreshbags.com website and enter the promo code when you are in the shopping cart/checkout prompt.




*I can say that I have now used the bags to keep leaf lettuce fresh as well.  I bought the 'bagged' ready to eat lettuce, which goes gooey within about 3 days it seems.  I removed it from the grocery bag, used the Clearly Fresh bag and 4 days later finished the last of it - still quite fresh.  I did place a clean, folded, white paper towel in with the lettuce and that helps absorb moisture from the leaves.

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