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)
Week 1 results
Glass Jar Experiments
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.
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
As SNL’s church lady would say “Isn’t that special?”