***Disclosure: I received complimentary samples to facilitate my post. All opinions are 100% honest and have not been influenced in any way.***
That’s 187 pounds per household. Or, if you're looking at dollars and cents, this equates to $192 per household that's literally thrown into the trash.
In my home, we know this scenario all too well. My family eats a ton of produce. The kids absolutely love fresh fruits and veggies. Even when we eat them daily, it seems that something is always going to waste. The biggest culprit would have to be lettuce. I usually buy the large tubs of organic mixed greens, and it seems like it starts wilting almost immediately.
Thankfully, the folks at Rubbermaid have a great answer to the issue of food waste. Their FreshWorks Produce Savers can help keep your produce fresh, reducing both the waste of food and money.
Small (2.5 Cups): Ideal for small berries
Medium (6.3 Cups): Perfect for strawberries
Large (17.3 Cups): Optimal for leafy greens
FreshWorks features revolutionary FreshVent™ technology to regulate the flow of oxygen and carbon dioxide, while the CrispTray™ helps reduce moisture and spoilage to keep produce fresher for up to 80% longer.
There are no filters that need to be replaced, and every component of these containers are dishwasher safe.
Easy to clean AND 80% longer life for your produce? Sign me up!
FreshWorks Produce Savers are so easy to use. Just place your unwashed, un-rinsed, produce into the containers, close the lid tightly, and stick them into the fridge. Nothing more. Pretty simple, right? It's so easy even the youngest of children can help!
We've been using our FreshWorks containers for a couple of weeks now, and I'd love to show you how well they work. We put half of our produce in the Rubbermaid FreshWorks containers, and half stayed in its original packaging.
Unfortunately, a well-meaning husband threw away most of the spoiled produce that was in its original packaging, so I don't have before and afters on anything but the strawberries. However, the strawberry photos alone should be enough to make you rush to the store to grab some FreshWorks for your fridge. The difference is dramatic, as you will see in a moment.
In my home, lettuce and greens always seem to be the first to spoil. Here you can see my Organic Mixed Greens, 2 weeks after the sale date. See that purplish lettuce? It's SUPPOSED to be purple, and is not spoiled.
The greens in the FreshWorks container fared much better than the greens left in their original packaging. In fact, the greens left to their own defenses ended up slimy, and there was a slimy puddle of goo in the bottom of the container. Yuck!
FreshWorks for the win when it comes to leafy greens. Not only are these greens still edible, they don't have any slime or funk on them at all. After 2 weeks, this is almost unheard of!
The cherries left in their original packaging started getting kind of....funky...after about a week. By week 2, they were mushy and starting to grow some fuzz.
However, the cherries in the FreshWorks container did much, much better. They're still incredibly fresh, and aren't getting soft or mushy at all.
FreshWorks for the win, yet again!
Again, the FreshWorks Snap Peas did much, much better than the ones left in their original bag. These are still crisp, and they're not turning colors or getting slimy. This is a huge victory, since I have often found myself throwing out Snap Peas before I can get around to using them.
As many of you are probably aware, blueberries are pretty delicate, and spoil quickly when they're not stored properly. We've had to toss many a berry because they've become almost unrecognizable.
Again, FreshWorks saves the day, AND the blueberries!
2 weeks after opening, these berries still look like berries, and they're still quite fresh. There's no goo at the bottom of the container, either!
Mushrooms tend to spoil quickly, and they get slimy and just plain gross. In the FreshWorks Produce Saver, my mushrooms are still as fresh as the day we bought them.
The mushrooms that weren't placed into the FreshWorks container didn't fare so well. They became gross, discolored, slimy mush, and Dan threw them away after about a week and a half. He was tired of seeing what looked like a science experiment in the fridge, so he tossed them out. I can't say I blame him. They were pretty darn nasty!
My family absolutely loves ripe, sweet strawberries, but we don't love how quickly then can turn.
The strawberries in the FreshWorks container are still red, plump, and free of fuzz. The ones left in their original packaging? Well....the photo speaks for itself. As you can see, they are covered in a disgusting, fuzzy mold.
FreshWorks clearly made a HUGE difference here!
Since we started using FreshWorks, we've been able to enjoy more fresh produce, and we've cut back on the amount of food waste we throw away. This saves us money, too, which is always a huge plus!
My only complaint? The larger sized containers don't fit into my produce drawer, so I have to make room for them in the body of the fridge. This is definitely not a big deal, though. In fact, we have some of our smaller FreshWorks containers in the "normal" part of the fridge as well.
If you're sick and tired of tossing produce that goes bad before you can get around to consuming it, I would definitely recommend checking out Rubbermaid FreshWorks Produce Savers. They work incredibly well, and are an amazing value at under $30 for the 3-piece set. Pieces can also be purchased individually. Prices vary per retailer.
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FreshWorks products can be purchased at fine retailers such as Target, Walmart, Bed Bath & Beyond, and Amazon, just to name a few!
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