How to Keep Produce Fresher Longer
This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Rubbermaid®. All opinions are 100% mine.
My daughter, Olivia, recently returned home from university for the summer and she’s been bugging me to buy more fruits and veggies. Who is this girl? She’s changed so much from the picky kid who would never eat her veggies. The good news is that our local Farmer’s Market opens this weekend and stays open until October. Hello fresh fruit and veggies. She’ll be in her glory (and if I’m being honest, so will I).
I’ll be storing all our fruit and veggies in Rubbermaid® FreshWorks™ containers. Why? Because they are the best, in my opinion. I used them last summer for all our produce and I’ve got several more now to handle Olivia’s new healthy eating changes. My fridge will be FreshWorks™ city in a few weeks, I imagine!
Why I Love Them
The frugalista in me appreciates that I’m not wasting as much food. Groceries aren’t cheap these days so I want to make sure that we are eating everything I’m spending my hard earned money on.
Think about how many times produce has gone bad in your fridge. Maybe you forgot about it or you bought too much and didn’t eat it in time. It happens. I hate throwing food away because it’s like throwing away money. No one wants to do that.
Not only the money thing, but rotten produce is just nasty. Fuzzy strawberries anyone? No thanks. I want my food to stay fresh in the fridge and be just as delicious a few days later. Rubbermaid® FreshWorks™ keeps my produce fresher for a longer period of time.
I remember picking up a bunch of fruits a few years ago to make a fruit salad. I left them in the fridge in their store packaging for a few days thinking they’d be ok. I went to make the salad and found out some of it was rotten. Not only was I grossed out, but I was upset that I wasted my money. I was really craving fruit salad too, but felt too lazy to run back to the grocery store.
How It Works
First off, let me start by saying that you won’t find another container with this same technology. On the lid of the container you can see the little holes that are called the “FreshVent”. It allows oxygen and carbon dioxide to flow through keeping a happier environment for your produce.
When you open up the containers, there is a green tray with more holes in it that fits on the bottom. It’s called the “CrispTray” and keeps your produce out of the moisture that sometimes pools at the bottom of regular containers. It also allows for more airflow.
They come in three different sizes. The large size holds 17.3 cups and is perfect for your fresh lettuce. I love to serve salads with every meal in the summer. I can easily grab a bunch from the container to add to a bowl for our dinner.
The medium container is great for strawberries and holds 6.3 cups. I take them right out of the store container and put them in my FreshWorks™ containers as soon as I get home. The girls have been eating them like crazy.
The small container is 2.5 cups and is ideal for small berries like blueberries, raspberries and blackberries. We pick blueberries at the local blueberry farm in the summer months so I’ll need to get some more small containers. Olivia puts blueberries in her yogurt for breakfast. I like making blueberry pie!
They even stack neatly to store in your fridge. I also like that they are clear so you can tell at a glance what is inside.
For cleaning, just put them on the top rack of your dishwasher or wash by hand. The green tray is removable, but the vent on the lid isn’t. Just leave that be.
And hey! You can save money with this $3 coupon. I hope you’ll give Rubbermaid® FreshWorks™ a try this summer. I’d love to hear what you thought of them!