Posts tagged ‘produce’

July 21, 2011

Clearly Fresh Bags Review

Yesterday’s workout… well, it didn’t happen.  After getting to work early due to my crazy workload, I really just didn’t feel like going to body pump come 6:00 p.m.  Kev so kindly reminded me that you never regret a workout.  True dat.  So I decided to drive my lazy butt from the office to the gym.  When I parked and went to get my bag out of the trunk, I realized it wasn’t there.  No workout clothes.  No shoes.  No workout for me!  I went home and did a 12-oz curl instead.

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Remember when I started my little experiment with Clearly Fresh Bags?  Well, on July 5th I put some stuff in some bags.  These Clearly Fresh plastic bags can hold whole or sliced produce, either fruits or veggies, and they supposedly keep it fresher longer than other storage methods.  July 5th was a while ago – let’s see how my produce did…

I took these photos on July 9th.  The banana outside of the bag is clearly a little more brown, but not much.

When flipped, they look about the same.  The banana test was a fail.  Since the hubby likes super fresh bananas (I prefer mine with freckles), I was a little let down by this.

banananananananaI had better luck with my zucchini.  I took these photos on July 19th.  They two veggies look about the same, but the one outside of the bag was soft.  Ick.  I tossed it.  We will be able to eat the bagged zucchini with dinner tonight.

squashSo what’s for dinner, you ask?  Dinner will be grilled zucchini, eggplant, and onion, with turkey burgers.  I’ll have my turkey burger on a mushroom cap (possibly with bbq sauce), and Kevin will have his on a bun, probably with cheese.

In summary, I don’t think I’ll buy the bags.  While I don’t discourage anyone else for buying them, I’m just a cheap-o who didn’t find them quite worth the low price of $3.99 for 10, one-gallon bags.  If you have more issues with stuff going bad, then perhaps they’re for you.

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On a side note, while pitting my cherries last night for my morning oats, I couldn’t help but think, “This is the pits.”  Yes, pun definitely intended.  Doesn’t everyone make stupid jokes to themselves while doing mundane tasks???

Well that got me thinking about the  “life is like a bowl of cherries” bit.  See, pitting cherries might not be fun, but it’s worth it. I mean, if we all took the easy road and totally avoided pits, we’d never get to experience peaches, mangoes, nectarines, avocados, cherries, and more.  I’m sorry for the cheesiness, but I just wanted to leave you with something to ponder.

 

Do you make jokes to yourself a lot too?

Have you tried produce-saving bags or other tools?  If so, how’d it go?

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July 5, 2011

Clearly Fresh Bags: It’s in the bag, baby!

Good Morning!  I have a confession to make; I have not worked out since Friday.  I know; it’s crazy.  My acne medicine was really messing up my heart.  After a minor heart-rate freak-out this weekend, I finally decided to quit taking the stuff.  Between that issue, some minor injuries, and a lingering workout funk,  I think few days off is for the best.

I still didn’t let myself sleep in today.  I got up at 5 a.m., cleaned my kitchen, and did 45 minutes of challenging yoga.  Yogis may not think it’s too hard, but I’m as flexible as an oak tree.  I have to just take a breather in pigeon pose during the balance part.  The workout is free and can be found at Exercise TV; it’s called Yoga Fitness Fusion.

I have some good news to share.  Last week, I received these Clearly Fresh Bags.  The company kindly sent me a few to review, and I’m pretty pumped about it. 

 clearly fresh

I’m not trying to toot my own horn here, but they couldn’t have picked a better guinea pig.  I go to the store once per week, and I don’t have time to make second trips.  I am also a fan of fresh produce.  Sometimes things aren’t so fresh by the time I need to hit up the store again, so I have high hopes for these.

 bag this

They look like the big ole’ freezer bags my mommy used to use for shakin’ and bakin’ our pork chops (not that she baked in the bag, but you get the idea).

 zucchini

So easy, even a CaveTiff can do it!

 cavetiff

I have the hardest time with bananas, so I’m especially eager to see how they turn out.  Even the packaging shows bananas, so I can’t wait to revisit this over the weekend.  Maybe I’ll keep it going until next week. 

 banananananana

Okay… sadly, it’s time to get to work.  At least it’s a short week; thank goodness for holiday weekends!

Have you ever used any brand of fresh bags?  Do you have any fresh produce secrets?

***EDIT (10:36 a.m.): I forgot to mention I’m a featured blogger today over at Fitblogger.  Check it out!

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