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Extending the Life of Produce: No More Slimy Spinach

Posted on Sep 2, 2014 by in Economy, Recipes & Food | 0 comments

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Since starting my green smoothie love affair I’ve noticed that the hardest thing to keep fresh are the leafy greens. The bananas can get nice and ripe and then be bagged and frozen, same with the rest of the fruit. Fruit juices, yogurts, and the rest keep just fine in the fridge. But greens start to get nasty like it’s going out of style.

Enter the Lettuce Keeper. I’ve had this for over 6 months now and I love it. So far the spinach has lasted longer than I’ve ever had it last before and I see no signs of it being slimy at all. I don’t really see how it’s possible, but I’d actually say that sometimes it looks fresher after a night in the Lettuce Keeper than when I bought it.

I hate spending money, especially on gimmicky junk that gets tossed later on, but one method of saving money is through cutting back on waste and increasing efficiency. This little product will do just that.

As far as technical details go, the design is very simple which I like, you could probably make something similar yourself with some duct tape and a plastic container. The other thing that I like is that it’s very easy to clean, which to me is huge. If I’m going to be reusing a piece of plastic over and over again it must not get disgusting. It’s hard to predict the future, but with the simplicity of the design, I don’t see how it could get messed up.

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