Keeping Food Fresh

The Lempert Report
September 04, 2014

Sick of having to always throw away what's in your fridge?

Well guess what, you're certainly not the only one doing it. According to a report by the National Resources Defense Council, Americans throw away nearly half of their food every year. If we could just change this statistic, we'd be doing a world of good. The report also states that just a 15 percent reduction in losses in the U.S. food supply would save enough to feed 25 million Americans annually.  Thankfully innovation is here to help. There are several innovative products out there to help you make this 15 percent reduction.. here are just a few:

We know we should eat more fruits & vegetables! But how often do you wind up just throwing produce out that has spoiled in your fridge? Well, it’s not your fault. Nature never intended for us to store most produce in the fridge. So now there’s an innovation called BerryBreeze that says it will prolong the life of your fruits, veggies, even meats and cheeses, and retain the nutrients of your food. How does it work?  The timer periodically releases Activated Oxygen (which is called O3) into the fridge. This neutralizes bacteria, mold, and other microbes by inhibiting ethylene gas that triggers decay.  Check out this before and after picture of strawberries…

If you love your apps….download Fresh Box, simply snap a photo of the items in your fridge and set an expiration date so the milk doesn't go sour, produce doesn't go bad - this one doesn’t prolong shelf life…just helps you avoid spoiled foods.

Foods and beverages in your cupboards can also spoil - which is why you should look for products in shelf safe packaging.  There's even shelf safe milk for example which can be left in the pantry for up to 12 months.  Products like soups or broths, and beverages like juices and coconut water are all available  in shelf safe packaging for longer storage life and better taste.   Topline is we all need to think about ways we can throw away less..