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You stand at the refrigerator looking for things to pull out for lunch.  Reaching for that pint of blueberries you purchased a few days ago your face drops.  They’re shriveled and beginning to mold.  Into the garbage they go.

Somedays it feels like it would be faster to just throw the money directly into the garbage can.

Over the past 18-months the amount of produce coming through our kitchen has increased.  (Check out Creating a Healthy Food Kitchen for more on that.) I prefer not to do fresh shopping everyday as stocking up for the week is a better fit.  To make that work with produce, I needed out to figure out how to make that produce stay fresh longer.  Throwing away money every time I cleared out the fridge was getting old!

In my search I stumbled across Rubbermaid FreshWorks Produce Saver Food Storage Containers and thought I would give it a try.  I ordered a set of three containers to give them a shot.

(BTW, this Rubbermaid produce saver review is my opinion — Rubbermaid did not contact me or provide the produce savers to me for purposes of a review.)

Rubbermaid Produce Saver Review

Each container has three pieces – the clear container, a green tray that helps air circulate, and a white lid with a built-in filter system.  (It’s important to note that you should never open this or remove it.  It’s permanent, not refillable.)

The lid snaps on easily and is equally easy to remove.  Depending on the sizes you have, they can next nest neatly for easy storage (though this may not always hold true as some containers are rectangular and others re square).

The largest container is perfect for lettuce as it holds quite a bit.  After using it for a while, the biggest difference I noticed was that the lettuce no longer developed that bitter taste which tends to creep in after a week in the fridge.  The lettuce also remained crispy and we actually finished off all the lettuce in the container rather than tossing it out because it had turned.

That was encouraging.  But what about something more fragile, like blueberries?

For this one, I actually did a comparison test.  I took a package of blueberries and split it in half.  Half I kept in the original container and half in the small Rubbermaid FreshWorks Produce Saver Food Storage Container.  Placing both containers in the back of the fridge, I pulled them out and checked every few days.

The test of time

Three weeks later (yes, you read that correctly) blueberries in the Rubbermaid FreshWorks Produce Saver Food Storage Container were amazing.  They were still plump, juicy, and tasted fresh while the berries in the original packaging were dried out and shriveled up.

The containers are easy to care for and are top-rack dishwasher safe.  They stack nicely in the refrigerator and because they are clear it’s easy to see what’s inside.  If you wanted to have one permanently reserved for something (like lettuce) it would be easy enough to label.

I’m looking forward to trying out some other sizes for other produce – like green onions – that often don’t last long, let alone store well, in the fridge.

The verdict

It’s a bit of an investment up front, but with consistent use over time, with all the food these containers will save they’ll more than pay for themselves.

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