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 Post subject: Re: Efficiency in the Kitchen to Reduce Food Waste
PostPosted: Tue Mar 17, 2015 12:27 pm 
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We've been rolling most green stuff in paper towel and then in plastic wrap (open ended on both), and found it helps a huge amount keeping things. Asparagus I store upright in water with a bag over it to increase humidity, but the bag is open on the end. Sometimes keep herbs in a herb keeper, which seems to work well.


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PostPosted: Wed Mar 18, 2015 7:40 am 
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I've tried keeping herbs in a container with water and plastic bag, both on the counter and in the fridge. My results were not good either way, I have better luck leaving them in their plastic bag and keeping in the crisper; they last a few days longer in there.
The climate here could be to blame, it is 'semi-arid', that is until I have my new furnace installed in a couple of months (after the heating season is over), I'll add a humidifier to the furnace that will improve the indoor humidity which usually is around 17 or so.


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 Post subject: Re: Efficiency in the Kitchen to Reduce Food Waste
PostPosted: Sun Mar 29, 2015 8:09 am 
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Okay! I've been trying the Fenugreen Freshpaper Sheets and I'm pretty darned impressed! The asparagus that I bought at Costco a couple of weeks ago was pretty near good as new. I've put the sheets in with bunches of cilantro and Italian parsley; I've got one in a bag with a Serrano pepper and Habanero.
I've got several going in with different items. I'll be back with more results later.


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 Post subject: Re: Efficiency in the Kitchen to Reduce Food Waste
PostPosted: Sun Mar 29, 2015 1:04 pm 
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Huh.

Anyone else for doing a head-to-head between Freshpaper and just plastic + paper towels? Now I'm curious.

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PostPosted: Mon Mar 30, 2015 4:12 pm 
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I have it on my wish list to come with my next order. We have a big problem with molding strawberries that I hope it can help with.

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PostPosted: Mon Mar 30, 2015 4:30 pm 
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Jim, have you tried letting them sit in a vinegar/water solution for a bit? Works for usl

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 Post subject: Re: Efficiency in the Kitchen to Reduce Food Waste
PostPosted: Mon Apr 06, 2015 2:40 pm 
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My first failure with these green papers was with strawberries; mine molded within a few days. So, Jim, I would not recommend this product for that particular use.
My non-scientific testing continues and I'll be back with more details.


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 Post subject: Re: Efficiency in the Kitchen to Reduce Food Waste
PostPosted: Tue Apr 07, 2015 11:25 am 
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Linda, all:

FWIW, the way we keep strawberries is:

1. wash and dry them

2. put them in paper-towel lined tupperware containers in a single layer

3. seal and put in fridge

This works pretty well; we've been able to keep even really ripe strawberries for 4-5 days.

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 Post subject: Re: Efficiency in the Kitchen to Reduce Food Waste
PostPosted: Tue Apr 07, 2015 11:59 am 
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I always thought that strawberries, like tomatoes, shouldn't be refrigerated because they'do lose their flavor.? And what was that business with vinegar that you mentioned earlier?


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 Post subject: Re: Efficiency in the Kitchen to Reduce Food Waste
PostPosted: Wed Apr 08, 2015 7:27 am 
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from CI:

1. Wash berries in bowl with 3 cups water mixed with 1 cup white vinegar. Drain in colander and rinse under running water.
2. Place berries in salad spinner lined with 3 layers of paper towels. Spin for 15 seconds or until berries are completely dry.
3. Store berries in paper towel-lined sealable container, keeping lid slightly open to allow excess moisture to escape.

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