When it comes to buying groceries and eating or cooking with fresh produce, one of the most frustrating parts is when food spoils before you have a chance to use it. While we try our best to minimise wastage in our home, sometimes certain produce lasts barely a couple of days before losing crispness or starting to rot.
Over the years I have tried different methods to help increase the lifespan of certain fresh foods, such as storing them in different ways, separating, wrapping in foil, pre-rinsing and other random suggestions, mostly found in my Pinterest feed. They haven’t made a lot of difference though.
Why Does Produce Go Bad?
Apparently the cause of speedy wilting of vegetables is due to the release of ethylene gas, which speeds ripening. Bananas are a huge culprit of this and can speed up the ripening of other produce when stored together.
It is also the combination of improper airflow and uncontrolled humidity in the fridge that cause the produce to wilt and over ripen quickly.
So when Howard’s Storage World offered me the chance to check out their newest range of products, I jumped at the chance to do an OXO Greensavers review, and was gifted a set to try at home.
OXO GREENSAVERS PRODUCE KEEPERS
These unique containers have an activated carbon system to extend the life of fruits and vegetables. The carbon filters trap and absorb the ethylene gas, which slows the aging process and helps your produce to stay fresh longer.
They also have an elevated basket inside the container to promote airflow, which slows the rotting process, plus an adjustable vent at the top of each OXO Greensaver container, which slides open or closed to maintain optimum humidity for different produce types.
With all this combined, your fruit and vegetables stay fresh longer, reducing the amount of food wastage in your home.
Are they safe?
I can imagine some of you may be worried about the idea of having a carbon filter in your food containers, and the possibility of it letting off chemicals or toxins. No need to worry. The filters in the OXO Greensavers are made from natural coconut husks, so they are non-toxic and safe. Awesome!
Do the OXO Greensavers Work?
No doubt you are keen to hear if these new products actually do what they claim to do and the simple answer is YES!
Since using the OXO Greensavers, we have not had to throw out any of the produce we stored in the containers. One of the most frequently wasted products in our home has always been lettuce, gone soggy and starting to rot because we didn’t use the whole thing up within the first few days. The current lettuce we have is about 2.5 weeks old… and while it may not be as crisp as it was on day one, it’s not showing any signs of going bad as yet and is still fine to use.
The OXO Greensavers are also doing a great job keeping our carrots from going soft as they sometimes do when we don’t use them up soon enough. Instead they are crunchy and fresh, and thankfully there is a container that is the perfect fit for longer veggies.
Where Can I Get Some?
You can purchase the OXO Greensaver Produce Keepers from Howard’s Storage World, either in store or online from their website.
See below for the available OXO Greensaver range:
- 1.5L Container – RRP $39.95
- 4L Container – RRP $59.95
- 4.7L Container – RRP $69.95
- Crisper insert – RRP $16.95
- Carbon refill – RRP $24.95
Want to win $100 to spend?
Now that you’ve read about these fabulous new products from Howard’s Storage World, I bet you’d love a chance to buy yourself a set, right? Or to grab some of the many other awesome products that will simplify your life and help you get organised at home. Lucky for you, HSW have also been generous enough to provide a $100 gift voucher to one of my lucky readers.
For your chance to win, leave a comment below sharing your best tip for minimising food waste.
*Note: Giveaway open for Australian residents only. Winner will be chosen based on most creative answer. Entries close midnight on 7th September and will be contacted via email, so make sure you keep an eye out if you are the winner.
I was gifted a set of OXO Greensavers products from Howard’s Storage World in exchange for writing a review. All opinions are my own.