Activated Oxygen Refrigerator Deodorizer
Keeping Fruits and Vegetables Fresh!
A few years ago I got involved in eating more fruits and vegetables and even tried the raw food diet for a while. Unfortunately I missed eating meat, poultry and fish and have since given it up.
However, I still eat a lot more fruits and vegetables than I used to and even have a green smoothie every morning for breakfast.I don't know about you, but one of the most frustrating parts of buying and storing fresh fruits and vegetables is that it isn't long before they end up going rotten in my refrigerator.
It seems that in order to stop this from happening I have to buy small amounts, enough that I can eat in two or three days. This often results in going to the market a lot more times a week than I want to or I end up throwing out the fruits and vegetables that have gotten moldy or dried out.This is not only a waste of money but it is frustrating as well.
I tried washing and then rolling vegetables like lettuce and kale in paper towels and then storing them in plastic bags. This helped a little but it wasn't the solution either.
I even bought those "green" bags; you know the ones that are supposed to make your fruits and vegetables last longer. I found they seemed to collect a lot of moisture which meant the food decayed quicker!
I was looking for a solution and I came across this great new invention: Berry Breeze. It keeps fruits and vegetables as well as other foods fresh for at least four to five times longer than storing them in the crisper or bags alone.
Update: I have had the activated oxygen refrigerator deodorizer in my fridge now for several months and I can't believe the difference it has made in the life of my produce! I normally have to throw out things like lettuce, carrots and broccoli after three days because they either go limp or turn brown. I've had some carrots in the fridge for over two weeks and they are still firm and fresh. As well I've had fruit like pears that have stayed firm and fresh. Even greens like kale last a lot longer now.I'm so glad I bought this little machine because it is saving my fruits and vegetables as well as my money!
What's it All About?
BerryBreeze is a device that will filter and clean the air in your fridge. Using a patented technology, your refrigerator will be filled with activated oxygen that neutralizes bacteria, mold and other harmful microbes.
It will result in your food staying fresher longer and the fridge staying clean without you having to use chemicals and cleaners.
Did you know that in the US alone, it is reported that on average, Americans throw away about 40% percent of all edible food every year. If we could save just 15% of that amount it would be enough to feed 25 million people!
As well, you will be helping to eliminate pollution since you won't be sending your rotten food to the land fill and thus reducing the amount of methane emissions that would be produced.
Not only will it sanitize your refrigerator, but will also get rid of germs, molds, yeast, fungus, bacteria and viruses. It is also a cure for "sick refrigerator syndrome" so you won't have to worry about the safety of your food.It is a simple device to use. Simply add in the batteries and put the unit in the fridge. No filters! Just replace the batteries every six months.
Tips for Optimum Vegetable Storage
Use these tips in conjunction with the BerryBreeze and you fruits and vegetables will stay fresher longer.
- Always select the freshest fruits and vegetables.
- Sometimes a little dirt is needed. Root vegetables such as potatoes and carrots will actually last longer if they aren't scrubbed clean!
- Avoid cutting and trimming your fruits and vegetables - leave them whole in the refrigerator.
- Select the best temperature for storage. Root vegetables and onion do best when stored at cooler temperatures. However vegetables such as tomatoes, eggplant, squash, peppers and beans will lose their flavor if stored in the fridge.
- If you like your avocado a little soft, ripen then on the counter and when they reach the right softness you can place them in the fridge to maintain that level.
- Vegetables that tend to sweat should not be covered with cling wrap or put in bags. Let the surface dry out and then trim and discard before using.
- Refrigerators tend to have dry air so minimize dehydration by putting fruits and vegetables in the crisper.
- Keep fruits and vegetables out of direct sunlight.
- Tomatoes will lose their fragrance when refrigerated.
- As well bananas produce ethylene gas when ripening so it is best to keep them out of the refrigerator as they could ripen other fruits and vegetables as well.
Eat More Fruits and Vegetables
Everyone knows that there are lots of health benefits to having a diet rich in fruits and vegetables such as lowering blood pressure, reducing the risk of heart disease and stroke and even some cancers. As well eating more fruits and vegetables can lower the risk of eye and digestive problems and even keep your appetite in check by reducing blood sugar.It is recommended that we eat at least nine servings, or 4 cups of fruits and vegetables a day. This should include dark leafy greens, tomatoes and fruits and vegetables that are rich in yellow, orange or red color.Here are Some Quick Tips on How to Eat More Fruits and Vegetables:
- Always keep fruit where you can see it as you are more likely to grab a piece of fruit when you are hungry and not something that is calorie laden.
- Fill have your plate with vegetables at lunch and dinner and you will find you will feel fuller sooner and not eat too many calories.
- Explore the produce aisle at your grocery store and try some new variety of fruits and vegetables. You never know you may find something that you really like.
- Reduce starchy vegetables such as potatoes and try alternatives such as yams or sweet potatoes or even whole grains or rice.
Check Out These Pictures on the Power of Berry Breeze!Click thumbnail to view full-size
Roasted Balsamic Vegetables
1 red pepper
2 summer squash
1 tsp dried oregano
1 clove garlic, sliced thin,
1 tbsp canola oil
2 tbsp balsamic vinegar
1 medium sized tomato, chopped
1 cup chopped fresh basil
Preheat oven to 3500 F. Cut the pepper, zucchini and summer squash into 2-inch pieces. In a large bowl combine the pepper, zucchini, summer squash and garlic slices. Drizzle the oil, add the oregano and toss. Place the vegetables on a sheet pan in a single layer and bake until tender. Remove from the oven, drizzle with the balsamic vinegar and return to the oven for two to three minutes. Remove from the oven, add the tomato and basil, toss and serve. Serves 4-6 people.
Recipe courtesy of Harvard University Dining Services
Note: You can change up this recipe by adding other vegetables such as onions, carrots, broccoli, etc.
My Berry Breeze Experiment by Frederic Patenaude
Here's a review from one very happy customer!
I went to Europe for 10 days but every time I travel, it's the same story. I have a ton of stuff to finish before I leave, and I rarely manage to get it all done. One of the things that must be done before leaving for a couple of weeks is to make sure no food is going to rot in the fridge or kitchen. So, before my last trip, I decided to try a new experiment. I decided to leave a box of blueberries in my fridge, which was already old. By the time I left, the blueberries were already 12 days old.
I wanted to see if Berry Breeze would work as well as advertised, and if the blueberries would last during my trip. I didn't think they would, but it was worth a shot. I also left other type of produce: mushrooms, parsnip, and apples.
When I came back, I was flabbergasted. The blueberries were still going strong! So were the parsnip and apples. However, the mushrooms were gone, but at least didn't completely rot and make a mess. They just didn't last like the rest of the produce.