Always Fresh Storage Containers

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Today,  I will be reviewing the Always Fresh Storage Containers from Gourmet Trends.  The idea behind these containers is they remove damaging ethylene gases released from ripening produce, meats and bread. Ethylene exposure has been proven to hastening the aging process of produce at a substantially increased rate. We’re about to see if special plastic can consistently absorb ethylene and maintain freshness. I already like the fact that the containers are far easier to clean vs. similarly promoted bags and should last much longer. We’re already getting off on a good note, like sex on a post-it.

I bought four items to store in the containers: One carton of fresh strawberries. They say, “fresh.” I am trusting them. A container of plain yogurt— none of that fancy fruit-on-the-bottom shit, we’re on a budget. One small carton of fresh blueberries, “freshness” is, again, self-proclaimed. Finally, one filet of fresh flounder. I can tell it’s fresh because it doesn’t smell at all like brass pole. The packaging states that they can also be used for poultry and cheese. Yogurt isn’t cheese, but it is dairy and cheese lasts much longer. So, I figured a more perishable dairy product would provide a shorter shelf-life and faster results.  Besides, I’m testing this in my parents fridge and don’t want my rot garden to interfere with their lives for too long.


The normal shelf life for these food items are:

  • Strawberries: 2-5 days:
  • Blueberries: 2-5 days
  • Yogurt: 7-14 days
  • Fish:  1-2 days

Let’s put it right in the fridge:

—Yes, that’s the Shocker right under “Linda’s Kitchen.”  What mama don’t know… can still ruin her dinner party.

Who will tell her?   Someone… someday….I’m waiting for the call.

Friday, January 8, 2010

I am hesitant to open the containers at all,  oxygen aides deterioration. Everything looks the same as when I originally started the experiment. The flounder appears a little dry, but there is no smell outside the container. I won’t open it, yet. I am going to let these babies ferment and open them  next week for an in-depth status update.

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

OK. Let’s see what we have here:

The blueberries still look blue and berrylike. They are in decent shape, round, except for one that appears to be growing mold. I am tempted to remove it from the bunch but will see if it has an effect on its neighbors.

The liquid that normally appears in a container of yogurt is beginning to turn yellow. As bad as the urine-colored, chode slurry on top of the yogurt looks, it doesn’t have a foul smell at all and I’m guessing it would still taste normal. I will leave the liquid in the container to see how quickly this turns into a biological weapon. Personally, I don’t like it when food looks like excrement. Taste and smell should not be the first line of defense when it comes to food.  I never cared for chocolate soft-serve either, my ice cream comes in scoops.

Now for the fish. I am nervous and am practicing breathing through my mouth. I still cannot smell anything in the fridge or outside of the container as I hold it.  Either the fish is still good as new, or these containers are the Febreeze of the food world.  Ok… {gag}… lid’s off… {gag}… FAIL! FAIL! FAIL!  I’d rather bob for apples in the blowhole of a rotting whale. Though the fish looks good, I wouldn’t dare eat it. The flounder is moist, but the smell clearly suggests the moisture is from rampant bacterial growth. I noticed some fellow Lab Rats tried food from the Freshness bags even though it looked and smelled rotten. Well, good for you. I love this project of yours, but like mama always said: “If it looks good, but smells like road kill, call her a cab and call it a night.”  I’m throwing the fish away before I Linda Blair vomit across the kitchen.

RESULTS:  The containers will keep in foul stenches, but will do absolutely nothing to extend the life of fish or seafood.


The strawberries are faring well.

For this portion of the experiment I bought two cartons, so I could also test berries in a standard container. These strawberries are actually doing better.

I washed and trimmed those in the standard container.  I kept the berries in the Always Fresh container au natural.  One or two of the berries in the A.F. containers look as if they are starting to turn. All of the berries in my standard container look and taste just fine. At this rate, I find it hard to believe the box which displays a picture of delicious strawberries 20 days after placed in the A.F. containers.  It has only been 6 days and a couple have already started heading south.  You boys like Mexico!?

Sunday, January 17, 2010

I am leaving for Los Angeles tomorrow and returning home on the 19th day of the experiment. According to the box, those strawberries ought to be bright red and juicy delicious after 20 days. We shall see.  In the meantime, let’s take a pre-vacation look:

Not much has changed. There are more moldy blueberries and strawberries, but only a few have been affected. The majority still look bright and edible. By comparison, the strawberries in the standard container look the same as the Always Fresh berries. In this case, there doesn’t seem to be any difference between the regular container and the Always Fresh plastic.

The yogurt still looks like a scary liquid puss puddle, but it smells just fine.  No visible change in the color, texture or aroma. So far so good, but one more week might be too much. Time will tell.

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Always Fresh proudly claims that 20 days of brutal ripening is no match for their cutting edge containers.  It’s been 20 days and it’s time to see just how much gusto these suckers have got. I haven’t taken the lid off in days so your guess is as good as mine. Personally, I am expecting some compost.

The yogurt STILL looks exactly the same.  Like mashed potatoes floating in very old pina colada mix.  I am pleased to inform that there is no foul odor whatsoever.  The juice is still off-putting, but if you had these containers, you would probably have drained that right away.  No change in color, texture or odor.  Looks like dairy will last pretty long.  It has been 7 to 13 days longer than the normal shelf-life.  NICE ONE!

The blueberries have gotten worse.  But not all of them. The mold did spread to a few more berries. But honestly, many of them kept their shape, color and plumpness. Berries left in the standard plastic carton they come in (with holes) would have shriveled and rotted after 6 days. Again, if you were eating these, once a berry appeared moldy it would be thrown out. Looks like the blueberries lasted much longer than they should have.

The strawberries had a similar fate. Some of them look bright red and appetizing, yet mold has spread throughout the container. They definitely ARE NOT the same as the strawberries pictured after 20 days on the container box. <shock>  False advertising indeed. The strawberries in the standard container have the same amount of mold. The green containers do not fare any better at keeping fruit fresh than any other air-tight container.

If you are going to ante up and buy these containers, don’t expect magic. Any well sealed container that prevents the flow of oxygen would probably do the same job in keeping your food items fresh. If Always Fresh actually worked on seafood, all of our fishsticks would be wrapped in it by now, considering freshness is the primary battle in the seafood racket. To put it simply, RAT OUT!

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