Clearly Fresh Bags

5 Aug

Last month, the kind people at Clearly Fresh Bags sent me some of their re-closeable zip up bags to try.

From their website : “Clearly Fresh® bags are large clear zip bags (12” X 14”), with a breathable 3 inch square membrane on one side. Each pack contains 10 bags. These bags enable you to keep your fruits and vegetables fresher longer for less waste and more savings. Its large size, allows you to store an entire bunch of bananas or a whole head of lettuce with room to spare. PLUS the bags are re-closeable and recyclable.”

(source)

Seeing that I buy produce on the weekly and try to keep it as long as possible, I was interested in trying these out. I tried them in my last few weeks in Charlotte and oddly enough bought a bunch of produce the day it came in the mail.

Lasts up to 50% longer? Count me in! I took them out of their package and they looked just like the gallon bags that you find in the supermarket

But still, would they really differ? How could a bag be different? At least they are not elusive, they let you know right on their packaging

The first thing that I tried was kale. I love how kale is so cheap yet so good for you not to mention versatile. I wish more produce was like this!

Oops, I overestimated how much it would hold

I separated the kale and put a bunch into the Clearly Fresh bags then another bunch into the bag from the supermarket

Because I was in the process of moving, separating from my dog for a month and everything in between, I don’t have pictures. However, I did take notes since I am good like that. I checked each bag after a week and they were both still crisp. After almost two weeks, the kale in the supermarket bag was beginning to wilt and go limp. However, as Clearly Fresh’s packaging states with it’s 50% longer, the kale was still crisp and fully green in color. Score!

I also tried this out with eggplant. I always seem to forgot about eggplant when I have it on hand which results in me wasting money which results in me getting pissed off because I loathe wasting money.

I ended up using both eggplants within the week but they were both fresh and not too tender. Another score!

You can buy these on their website for $3.99 for a 10 pack. After using them with the kale and eggplant, I would buy these again. The only thing I didn’t like was they were a bit difficult to close when the bags got wet after I put washed produce in them. Thanks Clearly Fresh for sending me these to try out on my own-I’m a fan!

Do you buy only what you need or do you have a specific list when shopping when it comes to produce? I like to frequent farmers markets in the summertime and often buy more than planned. My main problem is using all that I can in a short amount of time which sometimes gets redundant with salads, stir fry’s and such.

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16 Responses to “Clearly Fresh Bags”

  1. Stephanie@MyThornsHaveRoses August 5, 2011 at 11:12 pm #

    I should really invest in something like that. I feel like each week I waste at least $5 if not more on produce that I didn’t use up and went bad in the back of the fridge…

    • simplyshaka August 8, 2011 at 5:11 am #

      I try to keep everything right in front of me in the fridge so I can eye it before it goes bad I can’t stand when I want to use something just to realize I can’t!

  2. Abby August 6, 2011 at 9:27 am #

    I’m so jealous you got samples, as I’m always buying “Stay Fresh” bags for my stuff. Being a veggie, I have a crapload of produce in my fridge all the time. Even though it all gets eaten, I’m still at the store 4-5 times a week to keep things fresh. My biggest gripe is that the bags aren’t big enough, so I will check into “Clearly Fresh.” Thanks!

    • simplyshaka August 8, 2011 at 5:09 am #

      I try to buy as much as I can in one trip because I hate going to the store over and over again for one thing. Mostly because when going for veggies or fruit, I somehow end up over in the freezer section eyeing Skinny Cow products.

      PS-how did I not know you were a veggie?

  3. Tiff August 6, 2011 at 9:39 am #

    I’m crazy about my shopping list. I get a little upset when the store is out of something on my list, forcing me to substitute. Isn’t that odd? Having a list limits my impulse purchases.

    • simplyshaka August 8, 2011 at 5:07 am #

      Not odd at all, I get quite annoyed with that as well! Sometimes improvisation turns out well, other times not.

  4. Autumn @ Good Eats Girl August 6, 2011 at 9:40 am #

    Oh, cool! What a great product! I try to buy only the produce that I need and know that will get eaten, but sometimes I just start buying because everything looks so good and we end up with way more than we can eat in a week. These would definitely help with the spoilage of the over buying!

  5. Katie @ Legally Fit August 6, 2011 at 11:12 am #

    Neat! I definitely could use bags like that- I always forget about my produce before it goes bad!

    Sometimes I have a list- but if something grabs me in the produce section, I get it!

  6. leashieloo August 6, 2011 at 4:36 pm #

    Those bags are so cool! I usually buy what I need, but sometimes I go nuts (especially when things are on sale) and buy way more than what I would use. These would come in handy!

  7. getfitwithjuju August 6, 2011 at 5:44 pm #

    I have the cleary fresh bags, after winning them from thekitcherian’s blog, and can’t wait to try it out! I threw out some kale last week, after not using it, and I wish I had used the clearly fresh bags!! BOO HOO =P

  8. Meri August 6, 2011 at 5:55 pm #

    I’ve heard of these- i remembered because they look like the same material as what broccoli slaw comes in! I think I might look into them for the winter, but during the summer my produce goes so fast I don’t even have time to store it!

  9. Carly August 9, 2011 at 11:23 am #

    Shoot, I need to try these peeps out. I’m bad about letting produce go bad fast.

  10. Erin August 9, 2011 at 4:00 pm #

    Love the bags! I tend to use regular zip bags and find that they make the veggies last longer than just the grocery bags. Anything to make them last longer is a-ok in my book!

  11. nic - the auspicious squirrel August 12, 2011 at 3:48 am #

    Those bags look really neat. I tend to buy produce based on an meal I plan to make, but 80% of the time, I decide not to make that meal and have to try to figure out what to make with all the random produce in the fridge. Those bags might make my life a bit easier.

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