Vegetable Storage Containers

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Vegetable Storage Containers

Of all our favorite foods, fruits and vegetables are the most likely to end up in the garbage. Consumers throw out well over a quarter of the produce they buy. Knowing that, certain manufacturers of food-storage containers are making claims that their products can prolong the life of fruits and veggies by anywhere from 33 to 80 percent. We bought seven preservation systems with freshness claims and tested them. We followed the directions for each, adding water where indicated and setting vents to the proper position. We also kept some produce samples in their original containers. Although clamshells and other containers might seem flimsy, some forethought has gone into their design, says Julia Collin Davison, the executive editor of the book division and co-host of the America’s Test Kitchen shows on PBS. And some produce does better when left alone, especially if handling it can cause bruising. For our tests, we bought supermarket containers of strawberries, raspberries, and two kinds of lettuce—mesclun mix and heads of leaf lettuce. We transferred produce to containers made by Debbie Meyer, Oxo, Prep­works, and Rubber­maid, and kept some in original containers. We put the strawberries in one refrigerator, the lettuce in another, and so on, with one original container in the produce drawer with an ExtraLife Produce Saver disc and a second (our control) in the main compartment. The third original container of each type went into the main compartment of a dual-­evaporator fridge. Then we waited, checking every few days during the next two weeks to see how the produce looked, smelled, and felt. In the first week, certain containers extended produce life a bit, but none were much better than the original containers. After two weeks none of the food was good enough to eat. The bottom line: Use produce as soon as possible. That said, the containers have some convenience features and the virtue of being stackable. Here are the results of our tests.

Vegetable Storage Containers

Consumer Reports tested seven different produce storage containers that claim to extend the shelf life of fruits and vegetables—including the popular Oxo Good Grips Greensaver and Rubbermaid Fresh Works containers—to see if they really keep things fresh longer. As it turns out, they’re about as effective as any other container out there. In fact, as Bernie Dietrick explains in the video above from the Consumer Reports YouTube channel, the plastic clam shells your produce usually comes pre-packed in works equally as well. That said, if you buy in bulk and want to keep a large quantity of a certain fruit or vegetable together in one container, these products may still warrant a purchase. Otherwise, just use what you get for free. Besides, according to Consumer Reports’ Ellen Klosz, what matters most is actually your refrigerator, its settings, and where you store things inside of it.

Vegetable Storage Containers

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For our tests, we bought supermarket containers of strawberries, raspberries, and two kinds of lettuce—mesclun mix and heads of leaf lettuce. We transferred produce to containers made by Debbie Meyer, Oxo, Prep­works, and Rubber­maid, and kept some in original containers. We put the strawberries in one refrigerator, the lettuce in another, and so on, with one original container in the produce drawer with an ExtraLife Produce Saver disc and a second (our control) in the main compartment. The third original container of each type went into the main compartment of a dual-­evaporator fridge.

Vegetable Storage Containers

Rated 4 out of 5 by DMPendleton from Perfect for Whole30 and healthier eating This is a sponsored review, I received free product from SheSpeaks. However, this does not affect my opinion. I adore my Rubbermaid FreshWorks containers! This month, my husband and I started the Whole30 program which requires us to eat a lot of fruits and veggies. We’ve been able to keep them fresher for longer in our FreshWorks containers. Produce is not cheap and there’s nothing worse than having to throw money away. Date published: 2017-05-24

Vegetable Storage Containers

We also kept some produce samples in their original containers. Although clamshells and other containers might seem flimsy, some forethought has gone into their design, says Julia Collin Davison, the executive editor of the book division and co-host of the America’s Test Kitchen shows on PBS. And some produce does better when left alone, especially if handling it can cause bruising.

Vegetable Storage Containers

Then we waited, checking every few days during the next two weeks to see how the produce looked, smelled, and felt. In the first week, certain containers extended produce life a bit, but none were much better than the original containers. After two weeks none of the food was good enough to eat.

Vegetable Storage Containers

Debbie Meyer UltraLite GreenBoxes, $25 for a 16-piece set (green container shown bottom left, above) Resemble regular food containers. At the end of weeks one and two, the raspberries in these and the berries still in the original containers stored in the main compartments of the test refrigerator and the dual-evaporator fridge looked best. All of the others were moldy at the two-week mark.

Vegetable Storage Containers

Best for Raspberries Debbie Meyer UltraLite GreenBoxes, $25 for a 16-piece set (green container shown bottom left, above) Resemble regular food containers. At the end of weeks one and two, the raspberries in these and the berries still in the original containers stored in the main compartments of the test refrigerator and the dual-evaporator fridge looked best. All of the others were moldy at the two-week mark.

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People are always looking for the best way to keep their produce fresh longer, and some companies make plastic storage containers that claim to do that. But they aren’t cheap. And while they technically work, you’re probably better off saving the $50 you’d likely spend on a full set.

Of all our favorite foods, fruits and vegetables are the most likely to end up in the garbage. Consumers throw out well over a quarter of the produce they buy. Knowing that, certain manufacturers of food-storage containers are making claims that their products can prolong the life of fruits and veggies by anywhere from 33 to 80 percent. We bought seven preservation systems with freshness claims and tested them. We followed the directions for each, adding water where indicated and setting vents to the proper position.

Rated 5 out of 5 by Momsreview4you from Keeps Produce Fresher, longer. This is a sponsored review, I received free product from SheSpeaks. There is nothing more frustrating than buying fruits or vegetables and then having them going bad within a few days. There are times that my kids do really good and eat them fast but other times we need them to last just a little bit longer. I was so excited when I heard about the Rubbermaid FreshWorks Produce Saver Containers because this was the answer to my frustration. They allowed my produce to last longer so we were able to consume it before going bad. This saved us money and helped us to be less wasteful. I have been very impressed with the quality of the Rubbermaid FreshWorks products and love that they are easily stackable in my refrigerator. This is a great product to help keep your produce fresher, longer. Date published: 2017-05-24

Oxo Good Grips GreenSaver Produce Keeper, $20 (container with colander shown top right, above) Features a colander, an adjustable vent, space for water, and an activated charcoal filter to capture off-gasses. A week in, both kinds of lettuce were doing well in the Oxo, and the mixed greens in the original containers were fine. After two weeks, they all smelled funky and bits and pieces were rotting. By then, the top layer of the mesclun in the Oxo was the most wilted.

Figs‐ Don’t like humidity, so, no closed containers. A paper bag works to absorb excess moisture, but a plate works best in the fridge up to a week un‐stacked.

Best for Salad Greens Oxo Good Grips GreenSaver Produce Keeper, $20 (container with colander shown top right, above) Features a colander, an adjustable vent, space for water, and an activated charcoal filter to capture off-gasses. A week in, both kinds of lettuce were doing well in the Oxo, and the mixed greens in the original containers were fine. After two weeks, they all smelled funky and bits and pieces were rotting. By then, the top layer of the mesclun in the Oxo was the most wilted.

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