My friend Katie, recently started a blog, How to Heal a Cowboy, about all this natural stuff (read more about why she started the blog here, its a compelling story). She's totally awesome. I asked her to review these Clearly Fresh Bags for me as I KNOW that her kitchen looks like a farmer's market with all her fruits and veggies. I love her writing style and how she can give all kinds of info without it being too dry or above my head. If you want to read more about how to have a healthy life style, check out her blog,
And now, Katie's review of the bags:
My assignment: find out if the life-extending bags made for fresh produce really do what they claim:
"...to keep fresh fruits and vegetables deliciously fresh - longer!"
Being that I have two over-loaded produce drawers in my fridge every week, I went in hopeful, longing to rid myself of ever having to throw away another vegetable that had been bought with good intentions (of course I'll eat one whole head of broccoli each day??).
I read the directions: "put fresh, dry, un-cooked produce into the bag....gently push out some of the air from the bag....zip the top closed....store your produce as usual." Simple enough.
Enter bananas (with thick skin).
What a bummer. To give Clearly Fresh Bags some credit I did only test bananas and I'm sure (kind of) that they may work for other fruits and vegetables better. But as stated before, I would never let my produce touch the bags directly anyway (maybe avocados?). Are they at least BPA-free, you ask?? Not that I can find on their website or on their packaging.
- Save your money by not buying bags that can extend the outside of your produce- no head of romaine lettuce is asking to be the "Joan Rivers" of your vegetable community
- I would avoid exposing your produce to toxic-smelling plastics
- Is our fresh produce meant to have an extended shelf-life? I think the closer you eat it from the time you cut it from its root or source, the better. Nature has told us in a lot of other ways not to mess with its design. If peaches last five days, I'm cool with that, because that's what they're designed to do.
I planned on testing these bags out myself as well. But I keep forgetting to put the fruit in the bag when I buy it. Lame. I don't remember the toxic smell that Katie found but then again, I just may be immune to it because I am sure it is all around me. I, 100%, agree with Katie's assessment that maybe we aren't meant to stretch out the life of things. I know that the BreatheWay technology is often found on bagged vegetables found in the stores where business and money come in to play so an extended life is desirable. I emailed the company and asked them about some of Katie's questions. Here is their answer: