Recently, I was contacted by a representative from Clearly Fresh Bags, who offered to provide me with a sample of their bags.
The bags are designed to keep fruits and vegetables fresh for a longer period of time, up to 50% longer according to the company.
A few days later, I received one pack, which consists of ten bags. The bags are 12 inches by 14 inches, making them large enough to fit most items.
Each bag contains a breatheway membrane which I’ve also seen used on the large packages of broccoli at Costco.
The first thing I did was put a bunch of very ripe strawberries inside the bag. The strawberries were the last of the season at the Carlsbad strawberry fields. If you’ve ever been there, you know there strawberries are very sweet, but also very ripe and usually have to be eaten within a day or two at the most. I didn’t have a test sample that wasn’t in the bag because I didn’t want any strawberries to rot.
I did notice that these strawberries stayed fresh longer. I was able to enjoy them for closer to five days rather than the usual two. But since I didn’t have any not in the bag, it was hard to tell how well the bags worked. Here are how most of the strawberries looked at Day 5 (with a few that did get mushy that were near the bottom of the basket):
I put them in the same place on my dining table and after three days, this is what they looked like. The ones on the left were sitting in a regular plastic grocery bag. The ones on the right were inside the Clearly Fresh Bags.
This is what they looked like after two additional days.
So the bags definitely made some difference. It appears the bags are only available on their website. Hopefully they’ll be available at grocery stores for purchase soon. You can read more about them here.