My small, urban home is equipped with an older model fridge, and while I really have no complaints about it, I occasionally long for some of the features that are built into the newer versions available in stores today.
Specifically, I’m a fan of anything that keeps my food fresher for longer, so when my friends at KitchenAid Canada recently asked me to take their new Produce Preserver for a test spin, I was thrilled to see if I could turn my well-used refrigerator into one that resembles those with more modern features.
As it turns out, the KitchenAid Produce Preserver is a pocket-sized tool that’s currently saving me both time and money in the kitchen. The small box attaches to the inside of any refrigerator crisper via the suction cups located at the back of the case, and the Keep Fresh packets tucked inside are designed to absorb the ethylene gas naturally released by fresh fruits and vegetables. The result is produce that stays fresher for up to 25% (or 4 days) longer than usual.
Not only is this reducing food waste in my home, but it also makes getting meals on the table a little easier, because I know that when I pull out the produce for the night, it’s sure to be fresh and firm, not flimsy.
The kit is reasonably priced at $16.99 and the refill Keep Fresh packets sell for $12.99 (the indicator at the top of the Preserver box will let you know when you need a new one – usually after 6 months of use). Considering that Canadians waste approximately $2.9 billion of fresh produce per year, this is a small investment to make in the fight against food waste.
Are you interested in testing out the Produce Preserver for yourself? I have one to give away, as well as a $50 grocery gift card to help you fill your fridge with your favourite fresh fruits and vegetables. To enter, leave a comment telling me which piece of produce you’re most likely to throw out or have trouble using up. A winner will be selected at random on Saturday October 4th. Good luck!