Are You Always Throwing Out Rotten Fruits and Vegetables? Try a Berry Breeze! Breeze Through Summer with Veggies that Last
My husband loves salad, but he buys a lot of veggies he doesn’t have time to finish. So they sit for a while in our refrigerator, and I have the unpleasant task of throwing out slimy, half-rotten greens just about every week. It’s not just disgusting, I also feel guilty ditching so much food. So when the representatives of a little food preservation device called Berry Breeze asked if I would like to try one, I thought: “Why not?”
Berry Breeze just looks like a vented plastic box (about the size of a head of lettuce) that you put in your refrigerator to oxygenate fruits and vegetables. Consider it as an eco-friendly kitchen gadget also works around the clock to defuse all ethylene gasses that speed up the rotting (of your organics). A Berry Breeze in your fridge can extend the life of fruits and veggies (beyond the week-long slimy factor) and by keeping them fresher, it also preserves more of their nutrients that may be lost as they “age.” Another plus is that it helps eliminate odors, and tastes that can taint the taste of your food. Consider as well that if you’re not throwing out greens that have turned brown, or slimy cucumbers or moldy berries you are saving money and keeping waste out of landfills and incinerators.
How Does It Work? The Berry Breeze sanitizes the air in your refrigerator with activated oxygen (O3), a powerful natural cleansing agent that reacts with surface molecules on mold, yeast, and fungus. It also neutralizes ethylene, a gas that speeds up the ripening and rotting of foods. The result is a clean environment that preserves the nutritional value of your fruits, vegetables and other foods while postponing spoilage and decay. Therefore, BerryBreeze helps you waste less food.
You simply put the battery-operated Berry Breeze unit into your fridge, and silently, it neutralizes microorganisms, germs, yeaast, fungus, bacteria and viruses. That’s not to say that your lettuce will stay crisp and green forever, and those strawberries you bought over two weeks ago will be delicious, but if you have a busy week and you can’t use what you bought right away, the unit will keep it fresher a bit longer. Usually washing fruits and vegetables hastens the rotting process, but with a Berry Breeze in your fridge, you can wash them first and they won’t turn to mush in a nano-second anymore. At least, I didn’t have to pick rotten, brown, slimy, organic waste out of the hydrator in my refrigerator….!!
The unit is fairly bulky, so if you stash it in the hydrator portion of your refrigerator, it takes up a lot of space. There are filters that can be purchased as refills. I have seen plenty of other products that also purport to save fruits and vegetables, and they work…some better than others. This one does work well. Consider the investment of just under $50 and then think about how many fruits and vegetables you have to toss. It makes some sense…..especially in the Summertime when fruits and vegetables are delicious and plentiful, but you might not eat them all in a day or two.
Save Your Food, Help Save the Earth? Right on the packaging of Berry Breeze are some facts, including this one: The average American wastes about 40% of all edible food. Savings some of that food from waste might not feed hungry kids in another land but isn’t it important to teach kids to be more mindful of waste, and reminds ourselves as well? According to Berry Breeze, we also dump about 33 millions toss of food per year, the largest component in United States landfills. So if Berry Breeze keeps food fresher for longer “as-is” you don’t need to wrap it so much, also eliminating landfill waste.
All in all, it’s a good thing. You can get Berry Breeze on their website for $49.98 plus free shipping.