Unfortunately, a lot of produce ends up in the garbage because it isn't eaten right away and soon rots.
But a product that you may have "Seen on TV" promises to keep fruits and vegetables fresh for up to a month.
With the cost of produce, that could mean big savings.
It's called the Debbie Meyer Green Bag.
It’s made of a natural mineral that absorbs and eliminates the ethylene gas that ripening fruits and vegetables release.
Conventional plastic bags and Tupperware containers trap those gases and cause the produce to rot.
I have two of each of the following types of produce: bananas, iceberg lettuce, peppers, and baby carrots. I'm going to put one in the Debbie Meyer Green Bag and the other in a conventional form of storage.
First we're going to try some iceberg lettuce. What I'm going to do is take it out of its normal wrapper and put it in the Debbie Meyer Green Bag. They suggest that you not use twist ties because they could poke holes in the bag. They tell you to just fold the top over.
Eight days later, I went back to look at the lettuce. The one we didn't store in the green bag has a little bit of discoloration and the leaves are a little soft. But this doesn't look like a head of lettuce I wouldn't eat. The inside also looks okay.
Let's look at the head of lettuce placed inside the Green Bag. You can see there's some discoloration on the bottom of it. The first layer is a little soft, but underneath that it's crisp. Maybe one, possibly two of the top layers are a tad on the soft side, but the rest of them are nice and firm and seem fresh.
How about bananas? We're going to take a bunch of bananas and put it in the Debbie Meyer Green Bag. The other bunch we'll just leave out like most folks do with their bananas.
Nine days later, the bananas we didn't put in the green bag are obviously starting to ripen; there are several bruises, the stems have pretty much turned black. The ones in the Green Bag, interestingly enough, still have some green on them.
Next I put some peppers in a Debbie Meyer Green Bag. The other set I put in a regular old plastic grocery bag.
After 16 days, the peppers in the regular plastic bag feel a bit mushy in areas.
The peppers in the Green Bag definitely seem a bit firmer, but there is not a huge difference.
After leaving a package of carrots in their original bag for 26 days, I removed some and they seem crunchy enough and taste okay.
The carrots I kept in the Debbie Meyer bag are pretty crunchy as well, but have a tad fresher taste to them.
With the baby carrots, like the peppers, I did not see a significant difference. There was a slight distinction, though. The Debbie Meyer bag did seem to preserve the produce better. It was with the tender produce that I really noticed a difference -- with the lettuce and the bananas especially.
And based on just those two tests, I would give the Debbie Meyer Green Bags the hearty thumbs up.
The Green Bags can be washed and re-used up to ten times.
Twenty bags will run you about 17 dollars, but that includes shipping and handling. That amounts to about 85 cents per bag.
For more information about the bags, or to order a set of them, visit the official site at www.greenbagsdirect.com