Frugal living blog Squawkfox does a straightforward experiment to test the claims made for food preservation bags.
“Save money by eliminating waste.” That’s the claim that first caught my eye when I picked up a box of Debbie Meyer Green Bags. Who doesn’t want to “prolong the life” of produce by stickin’ it in a pretty green bag designed to remove the ethylene gas that accelerates rotting? Easy.
But do they really work?
In one corner (of my refrigerator) I lovingly bagged and stored a wide variety of fruits and vegetables in those expensive Debbie Meyer Green Bags. In the other corner I zipped and sealed a complementary produce stash in comparably sized Ziploc Freezer Bags.
After 22 days of refrigerating broccoli, apples, lemons, carrots and parsley, and storing bananas on my counter, I harvested these ripened results…
Tip: @PharmacistScott on Twitter
Her conclusion? She wants a refund. The Debbie Meyer Green Bags cost $0.67 per bag compared to Ziploc Freezer Bags for $0.10 a piece. The Green bags did not perform any better than the cheaper ones but neither helped very much. The author also concluded that the best way to save money is to plan your use of perishable foods.
Skepticism is an important part of consumer protection issues. Many consumer products offer big claims that sound to good to be true. Simple tests like this one on such products are easy ways to show the world the claims ARE too good to be true.
Check out the link to the Squawkfox blog to see pictures of the results. Yeah… moldy bananas.
Tip: I store my lettuce heads in a ziploc bag with the corners snipped off for air circulation. Keeps it from rotting. But don’t believe me, do the tests yourself.