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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.

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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 :)

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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.

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PostHeaderIcon Clearly Fresh Bags – Can They Extend The Storage Life of Fresh Produce?

Recently, I was invited to review Clearly Fresh Bags – a fruit and vegetable storage bag that promises to keep your fresh produce up to 50% longer and fresher. I was looking forward to receive the product sample, which arrived at my mailbox few days ago.

Clearly Fresh Bags come in a pack of 10. Each of these resealable bags measures 12” x 14”. The produce bags look pretty much like your regular Ziploc bags except that it has a breathable 3 inch square membrane on one side, known as the BreatheWay membrane. This membrane covers a small round circle hole that is being cut on the film of the resealable bag. At first glance, this membrane looks like a normal sticker to me and it’s hard to imagine that this is the magic that works wonder to extend the shelf life of your veggies and fruits.

According to the information on the official website www.clearlyfreshbags.com , the BreatheWay membrane acts as an Oxygen/Carbon Dioxide passageway to allow the right amount of oxygen in and much more carbon dioxide out. This unique BreatheWay technology allows fresh fruits and vegetables to create their own ideal atmosphere to maximize its storage life.

Clear instructions on usage of the Clearly Fresh Bags are provided on the back of the product package. There are 4 simple steps as outlined below:

1. Put fresh, dry, un-cooked fruit or vegetables into the bag. For best results, put each produce type in its own bag – for example, apples in one bag and bananas in another.

2. Gently push out some of the air form the bag.

3. Zip the top of the bag closed.

4. Store your produce as usual.

Apio Inc, the manufacturer of Clearly Fresh Bags states that the resealable storage bags are highly effective with popular fresh produce such as apples, asparagus, avocados, bananas, berries, broccoli, carrots, cucumbers, lettuce, mangoes, and papayas.

Storing vegetables and fruits can be quite a headache for me at times. I love my greens and tend to buy lots of them for convenience reasons. But I have a confession to make – I often had to discard some of these vegetables because they had turned bad before I could even eat them. I’ll be very excited if the Clearly Fresh Bag can indeed prolong the storage life of fresh fruits and vegetables.

I’m going to run to the groceries store now to grab some fresh produce and put Clearly Fresh Bags to the test. Over the next few days, I will bring you updates and share my experience with this resealable storage bag.

Stay tuned and look out for my next post.

**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.