Wednesday, May 16th, 2012...5:43 am

FreshPaper – A Product that Might Keep Refrigerated Produce Fresh for Longer

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Fridge (before) by pat+sarah

Yesterday when reading one of my favorite newspapers, I found out about a new product that I want my readers to know about.  The new product is manufactured by a company I do not know; nor do they know TheGardenLady when I tell you about this product. So this is NOT an advertisement.But let me digress.

I have to clean out the vegetable bins in my refrigerator. This is a job I hate doing. And one of the reasons I hate doing this job is that I feel sick to my stomach when food goes bad on me. Growing up poor, on a farm, we never wasted anything. So it is difficult for me to see waste. Yes, I compost any rotting food, so it is not a complete waste. However, I believe in the adage, ” Waste not, want not.”¬† But sometimes, when company is coming, I buy more produce than I can consume in a short time or sometimes the produce is sold in larger packages than I can use. So the produce in my refrigerator spoils waiting to be used. I understand that one quarter to one third of the world’s produce is wasted each year. “American and European consumers toss out between 210 to 250 pounds of food per person each year. A study at the University of Arizona at Tucson in 2004 estimated that household food waste in the United States alone adds up to $43¬†billion each year.” I feel guilty of wasting my share.

Now I learn that there is a new product designed to keep vegetables in the refrigerator fresh for a longer period of time. It is a sheet of paper called FreshPaper that is impregnated with herbs that supposedly keeps refrigerated produce fresh for 10 days longer than it would stay fresh without it. The company is called Fenugreen.

ThisGardenLady knows that I am going to try to buy FreshPaper. I hope it is effective. If any reader has already used it, please let us know what you think of the product.

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