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Save Money on Fruit and Vegetables

Updated on December 28, 2009

Fruit and Vegetables

A healthy balanced diet demands that Fruit and Vegetables take up a sensible part of our daily diet. Five different portions a day are suggested and nobody would argue that this is not a good thing to do.

Fruit and vegetables are, for the most part, living, growing things to the point when they are harvested. After this they start to deteriorate. At times this is desirable. Bananas need to ripen and pears  to lose some of their crunch.

 

The Problem

The problem with fruit and vegetables is that the ripening and deterioration can proceed much quicker than one would like. There cannot be a household anywhere that has not had to throw about wasted fruit and vegetables. This is like dropping money in the bin.

The refrigerator can and does help to make food last days longer. Often though it is not long enough.

What would you say of a cheap re-usable product which could make your fruit and vegetables last from three to ten times longer?

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Ethylene Gas

The natural decomposition of fruit and vegetables is caused by Ethylene gas which they give off as they ripen. If the ethylene gas can be reduced then the fruit and vegetables will last longer, NATURALLY! No waxes, freezing or chemical dips or sprays. Just reduction of a natural gas naturally.

The answer is Green Bags! There are several different Green Bag products on the market but all work in a broadly similar way by absorbing the ethylene gas.

All you need to do is clean your fruit and vegetables and when dry place them into a Green Bag. The bags are not sealed but simply folded shut. The contents will last longer, much longer than if simply left on the kichen top or in a chiller drawer.

Common Sense

Common sense and know how is the most important ingredient in the kitchen. Tomatoes taste better if not placed in the fridge, but you can extend their useful life by storing in Green Bags. Bananas NEED to ripen and appear to be the only 'fruit' unsuitable for bag storage.. These can be placed in Green Bags but are not the ideal produce to use. Mushrooms of course are a fungus and not a fruit or a vegetable. Mushrooms are best stored wrapped in newspaper. Not knowing when a fruit or vegetable was harvested can cause a bit of an error.

BUT...Green Bags do work. They can and will save you money. Each bag after rinsing and drying can be used by up to eight times. Longer if you are lucky.

Though ideal for use in the home they can be great too on camping trips or when travelling by boat.

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      Hello, hello, 7 years ago from London, UK

      A very interesting hub and an eye-opener. Thank you for this great tip.

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      Peter Dickinson 7 years ago from South East Asia

      I hope you save some money Hello, Hello.

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      dohn121 7 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York

      What a great idea, Peter. I usually just buy enough fruits and vegetables, but this can help really any household. Thank you.

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      Peter Dickinson 7 years ago from South East Asia

      Just enough is the best way. Mostly people buy too much. All the best for 2010 Dohn.

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      KellyEngaldo 7 years ago

      I've wanted to try these - thank you for reminding me. I love fruits and vegetables. Your practical tips are helpful - bananas, tomatoes and mushrooms. And now I know how they work - thanks to ethylene gas.

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      Alfreta Sailor 7 years ago from Southern California

      Very good hub. I'm going to buy some of these bags, I think I've seen them on television. Thanks for sharing this find with us.

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      Peter Dickinson 7 years ago from South East Asia

      Thanks Kelly and fastfreta. I hope you save enough for a treat.

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      Mrs. Moneypants 7 years ago from Canada and other places

      I'm all about saving money. I frequently find myself throwing out veg that has sat in my fridge for too long. Thanks for taking the time to write this hub.

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      Peter Dickinson 7 years ago from South East Asia

      Thanks for dropping by Mrs. Moneypants.

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      4hourmike 7 years ago from Thailand

      Hi Peter, Nice Hub. Are these bags available in Thailand at a price that would still provide the savings?

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      Peter Dickinson 7 years ago from South East Asia

      I have seen them Mike....everything is available in Thailand. I don't recall the price though...sorry.

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      Dave 7 years ago from Lancashire north west England

      Thanks Peter for this informative hub I shall certainly be trying them out.

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      Peter Dickinson 7 years ago from South East Asia

      Thanks D.A.L.

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      Renee S 7 years ago from Virginia

      I've never tried the green bags. I think I'll buy some fruit and veggies and try them. That picture makes me want a big fruit salad!

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      ramya 6 years ago

      useful to us

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      aqmal 6 years ago

      excuse me...can you give me examples of fruits that can cause the other green vegetables to undergo senescence, faster?

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      Peter Dickinson 6 years ago from South East Asia

      aqmal - sorry, not without some research and I am pushed for time. Perhaps I will write a hub about it some other time.

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