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PostHeaderIcon Clearly Fresh Bags Review and Discount Code

Recently, I was invited to put Clearly Fresh Bags to the test. Apio Inc, the manufacturer of Clearly Fresh Bags sent me a sample pack for review and I embarked on my experiment with four different types of fresh produce. Before I go further, I’d like to stress that I did not receive monetary compensation for this product review; my opinion are unbiased and honest.

So, what exactly is Clearly Fresh Bag? Clearly Fresh Bag is a fresh produce storage bag that promises to keep your produce fresher. It claims to be able to extend the storage life of your produce up to 50% longer. Clearly Fresh Bags come in a pack of 10 resealable bags, at a price of US$3.99. The produce storage bags look like your typical Ziploc bags, except that it has a breathable 3 inch square membrane on one side. Known as BreatheWay membrane, this hi-tech membrane creates the passageway for the right amount of oxygen inflow and much more carbon dioxide outflow. This ensures the environment within the bags is kept at optimum, thus allowing your produce to remain fresh longer.

Each resealable Clearly Fresh storage bag measures 12″ x 14″, which is a handy size for most produce. Usage is easy – simply put your fresh produce (preferably unwashed) into the storage bag, gently push out some of the air from the bag, zip the bag and store your produce as usual.

Do note that it is recommended to place ONE type of produce in each storage bag since different produce have different environmental requirements to stay fresh. Clearly Fresh Bags can be used for all kinds of produce. It works especially well with popular fresh produce such as apples, asparagus, avocados, bananas, berries, broccoli, carrots, cucumbers, lettuce, mangoes, and papayas.

As part of my Clearly Fresh Bags test, I bought four types of produce and kept them for 10 days – in Clearly Fresh Bags versus regular resealable storage bags. The results are shown in the series of photographs below. The left column displays the produce at Day One while the right column shows the condition of the produce at Day Ten.




For a detailed review of my Day Ten observation, read my previous post here. You may also like to read my Day Five observation in my earlier post.

Personally, I am surprised at the outcome of my Clearly Fresh Bags test. I was rather skeptical initially with the claims of this product but I am now convinced that this product works. BreatheWay Technology does keep fresh fruits and vegetables fresh longer!

So, what do I like about Clearly Fresh Bags? Hmm…besides its proven ability to keep my produce fresh longer, I also like the handy size and tight zip closure. I love the thickness of the storage bag too, it doesn’t feel thin like some low quality storage bags. You just know you can count on it to keep your veggies fresh.

I guess you’re probably wondering if the Clearly Fresh Bags are truly that good and if there’s anything that I don’t fancy about it. Well, I think it’ll be great if Apio Inc can offer the storage bags in smaller sizes. While the current size is good for fresh produce, I would love to have a smaller size resealable bag for my cut veggies (salad) so as to retain its freshness better with minimum opening of the zip.

I hope you enjoy reading my review of Clearly Fresh Bags. If you have experienced this product, you’re welcome to share your thoughts and leave me a comment. But if you’re new to Clearly Fresh Bags, here’s your chance to try this amazing product at a discounted price.

For a limited time, Apio Inc will be offering a 15% discount for readers of IndoorVegetableGardeningTips.com. Get more details of the promotion below.

**DISCOUNT CODE FOR YOU**

Enjoy a 15% discount when you purchase Clearly Fresh Bags today. Simply place your order at www.ClearlyFreshBags.com and enter the promo code IVG15 upon checkout. Promotion ends July 4th, 2011.
 

 

PostHeaderIcon Clearly Fresh Bags – Are My Produce Still Edible? (Day Ten)

It’s been ten days since I started my experiment with Clearly Fresh Bags. Clearly Fresh Bags are much like your regular resealable produce storage bags except that it has a 3 inch breathable membrane that is supposed to extend the freshness of your produce up to 50% longer. If you’ve missed my earlier posts, you can read more about Clearly Fresh Bags here.

To recap, I have bought four different types of produce and placed a set of each produce in a regular resealable storage bag and a Clearly Fresh Bag. The vegetables were then stored in the refrigerator while the bananas, on the counter top. I checked on them five days ago and found the result to be encouraging. Read more about my Day 5 review here.

Now that it’s Day Ten, it’s time to review my produce again.

The first thing that caught my attention was the Banana. There is such a stark contrast between the banana in the Clearly Fresh Bag versus the one in the regular resealable bag. Without Clearly Fresh Bag, the banana ripens rapidly and turned black by Day Ten. The banana was extremely soft, I’m sure even the monkeys wouldn’t be interested in it. In comparison, the banana in the Clearly Fresh Bag remains yellow in color although it has also developed black spots on its skin by now. Come on’, it’s been 10 days since I first bought it! You’re supposed to eat your bananas fresh and not keep it for souvenir, right?

The Butterhead Lettuce in the Clearly Fresh Bag looks green even on Day Ten. The outermost layer of leaves may be a little soft but those leaves within still retained its moisture relatively well. Will I eat the Butterhead Lettuce? Yes, I’ll simply peel off the outer layers and have the rest of it in my salad bowl. How about the one in the regular resealable bag? Errh… I probably wouldn’t eat it as the edges of the leaves are already rotting. Moreover, the leaves are also turning yellowish and soft. It’ll be a waste of my effort chewing the veggies if the nutrients are already lost.

Looking at the Wong Bok Cabbage here, you might think there isn’t much difference between the two. I thought so too till I looked at the underside of the veggie. Five days ago, I remarked that the cabbage in the regular resealable bag has begun to shown some black marks. The bad news is, those marks have turned darker and there are new ones appearing too. In contrast, the Wong Bok Cabbage in the Clearly Fresh Bag has lesser black marks; its texture also remains crunchy. I would say the condition of the cabbage isn’t too bad, considering that I’ve been keeping it for 10 days.

Finally, let’s talk about the Carrot. Carrots, being hardy vegetables, did not exhibit much visible differences after 10 days of storage. Generally, both carrots still look and feel fresh but on closer examination, the carrot in the regular resealable bag seems to have a dryer texture on the surface. It is still edible but I don’t think it’ll be as sweet and crunchy as the other carrot in the Clearly Fresh Bag.

I have personally reviewed the Clearly Fresh Bag without receiving monetary compensation. My thoughts and opinions of this product are honest and unbiased. If you have used this product before, you are welcome to share your experience too. Feel free to leave me a comment.

**DISCOUNT CODE FOR YOU**

Enjoy a 15% discount when you purchase Clearly Fresh Bags today. Simply place your order at www.ClearlyFreshBags.com and enter the promo code IVG15 upon checkout. Promotion ends July 4th, 2011.

 

PostHeaderIcon Clearly Fresh Bags – First Check On My Produce (Day Five)

Hey, how have you been this week? I’ve been looking forward to this day, not just because it’s a Sunday but because today is Day Five of my experiment with Clearly Fresh Bags. Clearly Fresh Bag is a resealable fresh produce bag that promises to make your fresh vegetables and fruits last longer. It looks like your regular Ziploc bag except that it has a special BreatheWay membrane which performs the magic of extending the storage life of your produce. For more information on Clearly Fresh Bags, check out my earlier post here.

Five days ago, I bought four different types of produce to conduct an experiment with Clearly Fresh Bags – Wong Bok Cabbage, Butterhead Lettuce, Carrot and Banana. I had 2 sets of each produce type, of which I kept one set in a regular resealable bag and the other, in a Clearly Fresh Bag. I’m not sure about you but I was eager to see what has become of my produce, especially the banana.

 

Let’s talk about Wong Bok Cabbage first. As you know, Wong Bok Cabbage usually do not last long. I was rather surprised to see the Wong Bok Cabbage in the Clearly Fresh Bag still looking fresh. I could tell from the texture of the leaves that the cabbage did not lose much moisture. While the Wong Bok Cabbage in the regular resealable produce bag may look about the same in the picture, the underside of the cabbage was actually showing marginal signs of oxidation, with some parts of the leaves having black marks.

The Butterhead lettuce in the Clearly Fresh Bag looks green and feels supple even after five days. Likewise, the moisture in the veggie is well-maintained. I believe the credit should go to the BreatheWay membrane that allows the right amount of oxygen to flow in while enabling much more outflow of carbon dioxide. On the contrary, the Butterhead Lettuce in the regular resealable bag appears to be losing its color. Although it is not turning yellow yet, you could see that its leaves are less green. A closer examination of the edge of the leaves shows early signs of rotting.

Carrots are pretty hardy vegetables, hence you do not see much difference between the two carrots in the picture. After all, it has only been five days. Nonetheless, looking at how the other two vegetables fare, I’m sure some changes are taking place within the carrot although it is not yet visible to the naked eye.

 

The most interesting observation has to be the bananas. I have said previously that I would be very surprised if the bananas can last for five days. Well, the banana in the Clearly Fresh Bag did last for five days. Yes, it looks more ripe than 5 days ago but it is not soft like the other banana. As seen from the picture, the banana in the regular resealable bag has become too ripe and its skin is showing quite a lot of black marks. Besides, the texture is so soft that I wouldn’t even think of eating it.

The veggies are now back in the refrigerator while the bananas are on the counter top. I will continue to monitor and bring you updates on Day Ten. Stay tuned 🙂

**DISCOUNT CODE FOR YOU**

Enjoy a 15% discount when you purchase Clearly Fresh Bags today. Simply place your order at www.ClearlyFreshBags.com and enter the promo code IVG15 upon checkout. Promotion ends July 4th, 2011.
 

PostHeaderIcon Planting Garlic In Containers

Garlic is one of Mother Nature’s best gifts to us. Not only is garlic full of medicinal benefits, it is also affordable and easy to grow, even in containers. For generations, garlic has been considered the ‘miracle drug’ because of its ability to cure several ailments. Some of these include snakebites, ulcers, headaches, pimples, measles and the more serious conditions like cancer and heart diseases. Garlic has also been used for prevention of infections (think common cold and cough) due to its anti-bacterial properties.

With so many health benefits, it is no wonder garlic is also one of the most planted plants in container vegetable gardening. In planting garlic, it is recommended to use containers that are 10 inches deep. Besides the container depth, what other factors will contribute towards the success of your gardening efforts? Watch the video below to discover more tips in planting garlic in containers.

 

PostHeaderIcon Clearly Fresh Bags – Storing My Produce (Day One)

Hi there. I’m back from the groceries store. Just in case you happened to stumble upon my blog and wonder what’s the big deal about me being back from the groceries store, well, I was there with a mission – to buy veggies and fruit and put Clearly Fresh Bags to the test.

Clearly Fresh Bag is a resealable vegetable storage bag that looks similar to your regular ziploc bag. However, it differs in that it uses a special BreatheWay Technology to keep fruits and vegetables fresh longer. As the term suggests, BreatheWay technology allows your fresh produce to breathe naturally. With this technology, your fresh produce can create their own ideal environment within the bag, thereby naturally slowing down the ripening process and enabling the produce to last longer. I guess this is also the reason why the manufacturer recommends that you do not mix different types of produce in the same bag.

I have chosen four different types of produce to conduct this experiment – Wong Bok Cabbage, Butterhead Lettuce, Carrot and Banana.With the exception of carrot, the other three items usually do not last very long. In fact, I’ll be very surprised if the banana can last for five days.

You can see from the pictures above that the veggies and banana look deliciously fresh on Day One. I wish I could have them for my salad now but I shall wait for a few days to see if Clearly Fresh Bags do extend their storage life.

Following the instructions on the back of the packaging, I placed the four types of produce separately into individual bags. The vegetables were then stored in the veggies compartment in my refrigerator while the banana was placed on my counter top. This concludes Day 1 of my experiment with Clearly Fresh Bags.

I will be monitoring the freshness of my veggies and banana for the next few days. Do check back here regularly to get first hand updates of my experience with Clearly Fresh Bags. Talk soon.

**DISCOUNT CODE FOR YOU**

Enjoy a 15% discount when you purchase Clearly Fresh Bags today. Simply place your order at www.ClearlyFreshBags.com and enter the promo code IVG15 upon checkout. Promotion ends July 4th, 2011.