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Glass Jars vs. FresherLonger Miracle Food Storage containers

rworange Aug 27, 2006 06:13 PM

Will SLICED strawberries really last 2 weeks?

Will my organic bread be bakery fresh 10 days from now?

Will baked chicken taste oven-licious and not get that next day fowl flavor?

Stay tuned ... and a word to the wise ... never ask a street vendor the price of a flat of strawberries.

I bought the starter set yesterday. The only food duking it out with the glass jars will be strawberries. I am also testing to see how other foods not candidates for glass jars storage keep in the FresherLonger (FL) containers.

The FL containers have “containers are infused with silver nanoparticles because silver (yes, the metal found in silverware) is safe and naturally anti-germ, anti-mold and anti-fungus.”

This makes it different that some of the other containers with silicon locking systems and is what interested me.

Here’s what is in the first test group

- Whole strawberries (also a comparison group in glass jars)
- Sliced strawberries (glass jar also)
- slices of organic oatmeal applesauce bread
- sliced beef (no poultry yet)

I decided on organic bread so it wasn’t just the preservatives in the bread keeping it fresh. This is the type of bread that becomes croutons the next day.

As soon as I use up the beef, I’m trying chicken. That would be really exciting if a sliced up Thanksgiving turkey could be stored for a while in the fridge without turning funky.

If these work, I might be really interested in the milk container to see if it keeps milk for a significantly longer time.

These are pricy little containers. I misread the Sharper Image online catalog. The starter set is $29.95, not $11.95 ... that’s just for the three year warranty ... right ... I’m going to take out a warranty on a plastic container ... AND THEY ARE small .. real small.

Two containers could fit about a half of a sandwich, another four slices of bred with a little space left over. The large container did fit about three dozen whole strawberries and it has a little tray on the bottom to allow water to drain from veggies.

No kidding about these being good for diets. There are four locks on each side of the container and it takes a while to get these open ... it doesn’t just keep air out, it keeps people out.

I was thinking about buying the containers. Getting out of my car at home, I made eye contact with a street vendor rolling by with flats of strawberries.

“How much”, I asked

“Fifteen dollars”, he said

“No, thank you though”

“Twelve”

“Maybe next time”

“Ten. Beautiful strawberries from Salinas”

At this point I was afraid if I kept going, he was going to pay me for the berries. So I bought a flat which he carried to the kitchen for me. I love my neighborhood ... potato chips, tamales and other goodies delivered to my door and now a flat of strawberries.

I hate haggling too. I really didn't want the berries.

They are really nice fresh strawberries too. There are really A LOT of strawberries in a flat and only two people in the house. I heard the call of the FL.

It seemed like a sign from the food gods. I've never seen a strawberry vendor before and what are the chances that one will be rolling by as I'm getting out of the car.

Will let you know how it goes.

Fresher Longer Food Savers
http://www.sharperimage.com/us/en/catalog/productdetails/sku__ZN024

Glass Jar Experiments
http://www.chowhound.com/news/show/10449

Previous Chowhound post
http://www.chowhound.com/topics/show/...

  1. pikawicca Aug 27, 2006 06:30 PM

    I've been thinking about buying these, but am skeptical. Will be interested in your findings.

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      peachblossom Aug 29, 2006 04:45 AM

      I too am interested in the outcome of your experiment

      1. Alice Patis Sep 1, 2006 04:54 PM

        This is related to your other thread, i.e. finding a baguette type bread to see if it goes stale in a FL container. I think bread will go stale in the FL container just as fast as in a plastic or paper bag, because it's the air around the bread that will dry out the bread, not any micro-organisms. Or should I say nano-organisms ;-). So the silver in the FL won't help baguettes stay fresher, but according to their claims it would help prevent mold from growing. So you might be better off testing a Bimbo or Wonder bread something witht he moisture that mold loves.

        But yeah tell us how the strawberries hold up!

        1. rworange Sep 1, 2006 08:18 PM

          My dear S/O has the horrifying habit, to me, of keeping baked goods hanging around forever and eating them no matter how ancient. I refuse to buy him good croissants any more because he rarely eats them "THAT DAY".

          There is a month-old loaf of Bimbo bread sitting on top of our microwave. It hasn't molded yet. If the world ends and all that is left is cockroaches, they can feed themselves into eternity with leftover Bimbo bread.

          I'll report tommorrow on the one-week anniversary. As I said elsewhere, it's been a little frustrating since everthing kept REALLY well no matter what they were stored in ... even the SLICED strawberries.

          I'm hoping overnight that at least one of the items will suddenly die. It's like my whole house is in one big tupperware container. I should look as good as all this food.

          I think you may be right about the bread and air. I feel the ugly compulsion to buy one of those things that pumps the air out of stuff and cryovacs it ... then someone will invent an air-pumper-out-of food system with nano silver particles. It will never end.

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            peachblossom Sep 1, 2006 09:33 PM

            Are you storing green onions or cilantro in your test? I'd be interested to see how they fare since those are the items that hold up the worst in my fridge

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              rworange Sep 1, 2006 10:12 PM

              No. But I'll buy some at the farmers market this week-end and first test out glass jars which I know work. How many days do you usually get in the fridge for green onions and cilantro? How do you store them?

              I don't usually buy those two things, but I'm always interested if glass stores things better. I only have four little FresherLonger containers and Week 2 will be bread (again) and roast chicken. The strawberries look like they are going to keep going like the Energizer Bunny.

              I'm beginning to feel like I'm keeping the veggie version of "Dorian Grey" ... twilight zone zucchini ... oh, that reminds me, I want to give summer squash a try in glass jars this week.

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                peachblossom Sep 1, 2006 11:12 PM

                The tops of the green onions normally start turning after about 4 days. You have about 1.5 weeks before all of the green starts to really deteriorate. For the cilantro you have a week, tops, for hte entire bunch before all of it starts to turn too yellow to be able to use. I don't do anything special when I store the green onions or cilantro; just store them in the normal grocery bags you get at the store. The thing I love about cilantro is the flavor it gives but I hate having to dig through it to find the fresh leaves once part of it has starting to go yellow. The leaves start turning yellow after about 2 days.

                1. re: peachblossom
                  mabziegurl Sep 2, 2006 06:28 AM

                  my grandma/mom dries them a bit when they buy green onion just for 2-3 hours. i don't have the time, and i live in southern california (they live in sf) in a extremely hot and humid apartment, so it wouldn't help anyways, and then wrap them in newspaper. i wrap mine in newspaper which lasts longer than in the plastic bag.... my mom gives me groceries everytime i go home, she even wraps my green onions in newspaper for me, hers last longer than mine by a day or two.

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                    peachblossom Sep 5, 2006 06:08 AM

                    Is there ever a worry that the newsprint will rub off on the green onions? I know the newsprint is made of something which is nonp-toxic but I always worry about ink on food that I will eat, especially food that may be eaten raw

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              KRS Sep 1, 2006 11:21 PM

              The Sharper Image is infamous for making extravagant claims and charging stratospheric prices for stuff that doesn't work even a little bit -- fanless air "purifiers," lie "detectors," and on and on.

              Good luck, but I don't hold out much hope.

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