1 Easy Way Keep Fruit and Vegetables Fresh Longer

I detest throwing food away, especially when it comes to produce.  For this reason, I recently purchased a few specialty containers made by Rubbermaid. They are designed to allow ethylene gases to escape, prolonging the freshness of the items within.  To see if the containers did all they proclaimed to, I decided to put them to the test.

Rubbermaid FreshWorks Produce Saver Food Storage Containers, Set of 4

The Experiment

   I used fresh strawberries, as they go bad particularly fast in the refrigerator.   I  started with a quart of fresh unwashed strawberries and placed half of them inside the special produce-saving container.   The other half  I left in the original clear plastic disposable container.  I wanted to see if the berries stayed fresher longer in the containers than if they were just left alone.  Let’s see what happened.

The Results

After 24 hours, not much change in any of the berries.  They were all still firm and fresh.

Produce Saver

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Day 2  the strawberries in the produce container showed no change. The strawberries in the original container still looked pretty good, with some discoloration.

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Strawberries after two days in the refrigerator in Rubbermaid Freshworks container.
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Strawberries after two days in the refrigerator in original container.

3 days in the refrigerator and the strawberries in the produce container were still looking very good but the others were started to show signs of deterioration.

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Strawberries after three days in a container.
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Strawberries after three days in the refrigerator left in the original container.

Ok, so some of us would have gobbled up these strawberries already, but here is how they looked after 7 days in the refrigerator.  The berries in the original container are mushy and discolored,  I would not be using these in my strawberry trifle!   However, the others are still good enough to eat!

7 days in the refrigerator in its original container

 

Strawberries after 7 days in the refrigerator in Freshworks container.

Conclusion

The Freshworks container by Rubbermaid was definitely worth the purchase price as it really did keep the berries fresher for a longer period of time.

Here is how mushrooms looked after 7 days.

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Mushrooms after 7 days in the refrigerator in Freshworks container.

Need to use those strawberries? Try this fantastic Strawberry Cream Cheese Trifle you will love it!

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