Today I want to briefly discuss a topic that is dear to my heart, and that is the topic of fruit- and keeping it fresher, longer. I would say that I am the main fruit eater at our house. I buy the fruits that I like, when I want, and I always eat them....EVENTUALLY. That is the key word here folks, eventually. One day I might be craving a delicious banana, but then for the next 2 or 3 days not feel like one. When day 4 comes around, said banana is no longer a beautiful ripe yellow, but an over-ripe soggy brown lump. I don't think there is ANYTHING that makes me more upset, then throwing away fruit and vegetables that have gone bad, just because we didn't get around to eating them.
Research indicates that 25% of the produce bought in the United States gets thrown away because it has gone bad. On average, American households throw away approximately $600 worth of produce each year. That’s $50 a month that could be used to go on a nice date, a small shopping spree, or just to pay other bills! That said, this is where the blueapple does it's job!
Bluapple gets rid of that guilty feeling we get when we are so excited to open that fruit drawer, only to find green or white fuzz all over those yummy red raspberries you just bought 2 days ago! Blueapple is well.... just that! It is a small, blue plastic apple filled with zeolite, which absorbs ethylene gas from your produce bin, kitchen counter, or wherever it is placed. "Ethylene gas is given off naturally by fruits and vegetables as a signaling mechanism in order to coordinate uniform ripening. However, once concentrated in your refrigerator or other storage areas, the presence of ethylene gas continues to speed up ripening and hasten spoilage."-bluapple
Each bluapple lasts 3 months in a typical produce or storage bin, and does not "run out", but rather absorbs the gas until it has reached it's capacity. After 3 months time, you can purchase refills for the inside of your bluapple, which is also "green" in that it does not add any unwanted bluapples to our landfills.
So, the big question....DOES IT WORK? Well, we have been using the bluapples now for a couple of weeks and I will say this, I have had a package of raspberries in the produce bin for 5 days and they are still red, ripe, and firm, and not soggy one bit! That is unheard of for me!!! I also have one sitting on my kitchen counter with my bananas, and they are still yellow as can be, no brown spots, nothin. I am forever now a bluapple fan, and will ALWAYS have one on hand, especially in my produce bin. I can't wait to spend my $600 dollars (that would have been on rotten fruit) on something wonderful next year! Thanks bluapple!
Buy It: You can find BluApple at natural food stores, fine retail grocers, and co-ops around the country or online.
WIN IT! Guess what? The very generous folks over at Bluapple are offering 3.. THREE of my readers each a 2-pack of bluapples! Thats a 6 month supply if you use only one at a time!
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