I have a huge problem with wasting produce—I seriously feel so guilty when I don’t use that farmers market kohlrabi or a beautiful pint of organic strawberries. So usually about four days after I’ve gone shopping, you’ll find me either begrudgingly crafting some crazy meal out of all the veggies that are about to go bad in the fridge, or begrudgingly throwing produce away.
I’ve tried everything—optimizing placement in my crisper drawers, keeping fruits and veggies in different types of containers, washing and not washing produce before storing it—but still somehow always end up with wilty, sad salads. So I was pretty excited to try the BerryBreeze, which uses activated oxygen to keep everything in your fridge fresh.
The device itself is about as low-maintenance as you can get: all you have to do is insert the batteries, place it on the top shelf of your refrigerator, and let it do its thing. The BerryBreeze releases activated oxygen, a powerful natural oxidizing agent that reacts with surface molecules on bacteria and mold. It also neutralizes ethylene, a gas which speeds up the ripening and rotting of foods.
Your produce can be stored as-is on the shelves or in the crisper, without any bags or containers. Greens need a little extra humidity, so they should still be kept in the bin (or if you don’t have a bin, you can keep them in a plastic bag, or a container with holes). My BerryBreeze has been running for about a month now, and I haven’t needed to change the batteries yet. I’ve noticed my food is staying fresh about 3 times longer than it normally does—especially greens, herbs, and the limes and lemons I always forget in the crisper drawer. The BerryBreeze also eliminates odor, so no need for the ever-present box of baking soda. It takes up virtually no space in the fridge (it’s about the size of two soda cans) and my garbage can is noticeably lighter…along with my grocery bills. One of my biggest issues with buying organic produce is that I don’t use it fast enough to justify the expense, but having the BerryBreeze makes that decision a lot easier. Since I know things will last longer and I won’t waste as much, I don’t mind opting for organic at all.
Buy BerryBreeze at berrybreeze.com; it’s also available at Target, Whole Foods, and Bed, Bath and Beyond.
Disclaimer: We received a sample from BerryBreeze in order to try the deodorizer, but this had no influence on our opinion and this isn’t a sponsored post.
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