One of the things that saves me time is to do my grocery shopping once a month. I have been doing this since my third baby came along and probably will do it even after the kids are all gone.
The number one question I get when I tell people about this is – “What about the produce??????”
And that, my dear, is an excellent question.
The short answer is that my monthly menu is designed to use up the fresh produce first, then we move onto the preserved produce, i.e. canned, frozen and dried. I will be releasing my entire meal planning/ shopping methods in a course in September 2018!
This works well, but I am always open to produce saving hacks when I learn of them.
Produce saving bags are something that has intrigued me for quite some time, but admittedly, I have been skeptical, as well.
So, of course, I had to run my own testing to know for sure. I thought you would like to know my findings. I chose four bags off Amazon and compared them against my usual method of storage- the grocery store plastic bags. After sixteen days I had formed some pretty strong opinions!
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Do Produce Saving Bags Really Work?
Here are the five storage options I used. . .
- The store’s plastic bag or bin (for lettuce)
- This is how I normally store produce.
- Green Fresh Bags
- These are anti-bacterial and can be re-used up to ten times.
- Formaticum Food Storage Bags
- These are made in Italy and are designed to absorb the gases that produce emits to induce decomposition. Not reusable, but can be recycled.
- Blended Bamboo Mesh Produce Bags
- These aren’t really produce saving bags, but I was curious to see what would happen if I gave the produce more air.
- Yellow PROfreshional Produce Saver Bags
- These absorb ethylene gas and can be re-used, as well.
I decided to try some produce that I generally struggle with . . .
- Salad greens
I checked everything on Day 5 and Day 16 . . .
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After a couple weeks of running back and forth with all my bags and tossing bad produce to the chickens and rabbits, I have decided on these three things:
- Strawberries need more than bags, I tried this vinegar treatment and it seemed to help.
- Cilantro and Asparagus do really well in the Formaticum Food Storage Bags.
- Salad Greens and Zucchini do really well in the Green Fresh Bags.
I will definitely be purchasing the two bags listed above in the future. What other produce saving tips do you know? I’d love to hear them in the comments!
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