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The final results – cheap Glass Jars vs. Rubbermaid vs. FresherLonger food storage containers ... no miracle

Oh ye of little faith in the ‘miracle’ FresherLonger food storage system ... ok ... in this case you were right to be skeptical.

In my tests, the expensive FresherLonger containers were only VERY little better than trusty, affordable Rubbermaid. FL was no better than glass jars.

A test to see which of these products would keep food fresher started two weeks ago;

Day 1 – the hype & the hope (with link to FresherLonger)
http://www.chowhound.com/topics/show/...

Week 1 results
http://www.chowhound.com/topics/show/...

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

Here you go ...

- sliced beef/chicken (Rubbermaid / FresherLonger

)

I kept the meats a week each. They did equally well in either container. Absolutely no difference.

- Whole strawberries (glass jar / FresherLonger)

This is the only category that the FresherLonger is still running neck in neck with glass jars.

After two weeks the berries in both containers still look and taste market fresh ... an update next week. Rubbermaid will keep berries about 7 – 10 days. They are still edible but looking a little tired. They in NO way look like the strawberries in the Sharper Image picture.

The one plus for the FL container is it stacks and takes slightly less room in the fridge. A set of four FL containers is $29, and two of those are too tiny for strawberries. Twelve glass quart canning jars cost about $8 and have three times the capacity of the FL starter set. Your choice.

- Sliced strawberries (glass jar / FresherLonger )

Glass jars trumped FreshLonger where as of today I have a MOLDY mess. FL makes claims that it inhibits mold ... nuh, uh. There is no mold on the slices in the glass jar.

The surprise here was that SLICED strawberries could be kept for days. On day two, I wouldn’t star either in a dessert, but they would be fine in oatmeal or muffins.

After the second day there was no change for a week. On the 7th day I let the strawberries rest and stopped tasting them ... both just looked slightly slimy. On day 11 (yesterday), the FL strawberries started to mold. Looked today, day 12 ... yep healthy growth of mold. Glass jar strawberries ... no mold.

- Bread (Rubbermaid / FresherLonger / Ziplock bag)

The oatmeal bread bought the first week refused to go bad. So last week, it was replaced with a seeded baguette and ciabatta bread.

All three smelled stale on day two. While still soft, they were only fit for toast, bread salad, bread pudding... etc

This morning a tiny piece of mold appeared on the ciabatta stored in the Rubbermaid container. Bread in the Ziplock bag and FL remained without mold. With the Ziplock, air can be squeezed out so that’s probably where it has the advantage over Rubbermaid. Even so, they all went stale the next day. Putting this type of bread in the freezer is probably the best way to go.

Again ... box of Ziplock bags, $3 ... FresherLonger, $29. BTW, FL just came out with plastic bags ... $12 for a dozen.

CONCLUSION:

Some people are enthusiastic about the FresherLonger containers. I think they never did a back-to-back test with their regular plastic containers.

I was surprised how long food can be kept, no matter what container. My impression was that food goes bad much sooner than it did.

IF I hadn’t learned how well glass jars worked, I might have been more impressed with FresherLonger. The more air-tight a container, the longer most food will last. Glass does that very effectively.

As far as the silver particles in the FL container ... food still molds ... and anyway, long before it molds, it is stale ... so big deal.

So I munch on my sandwich with
- week-old toasted ciabatta
- week-old chicken breast
- two week old cherry tomatoes (glass jar stored)
- heaven only knows how long that mayo has been in the fridge

Yum.

As SNL’s church lady would say “Isn’t that special?”

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  1. Well given your results, Costco (at least in So Cal) has a good deal on Pyrex glass containers with lids - 22 assorted ones for $29.95. That's a lot cheaper than the stuff from Sharper Image and it's glass to boot.

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    1. re: monkuboy

      Depends on the lids. With plastic lids, you might not be keeping enough air out. My glass jars with plastic lids don't keep things as well as the jars with metal screw caps.

      There's not a HUGE difference, but they go a couple of days longer.

      1. re: monkuboy

        Pyrex containers with lids are not particularly air-tight. At least, not the ones I've had.

        When you buy the food inside, the glass jar is free. Pickle jars are particularly handy, as they're big enough to store a reasonable amount and have wide mouths.

      2. thanks for doing this and reporting

          1. I'm so glad Google found this test for me. I know I just saved $70. I saw these last night in the Sur La Table catalog. Anyone have any luck with Fresh Vac Professional Series Food Storage Containers? They are on the same page.

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            1. re: Chicago Wine Geek

              I broke your question out into a separate topic so it would get more response.
              http://www.chowhound.com/topics/358422

              However, first of all their web site is more than a little inaccurate about how long food keeps in conventional containers.
              http://www.freshvac.com/compare.aspx

              The thing to also ask yourself is what you want to use these for and how long you REALLY want to store food. Do you really want to keep fruit and veggies three weeks ... if indeed it does.

              For me, the glass jars work so well that it was difficult to keep the food until it actually expired. It was hard to hang onto that summer squash for a month. I don't even know how long parsley and some herbs will keep because after a month I had used them up.

              If I wanted to keep things more than a couple of weeks, I'd probably go for one of those cryo-vacing food sealer type of systems.

              The only review I found was one line that said Fresh Vac was about the same as Tupperware. That's what I found with FresherLonger. Until you do a side by side comparison, you don't realize how long stuff keeps in Tupperware or even the cheap-o disposables like Glad.

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