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Does it Work: Rubbermaid Produce Saver?
By: Lauren Keith

Tired of buying fresh produce only to have it spoil on you just a few days later?  Rubbermaid's new Produce Saver containers promise to keep your fruits and veggies lasting up to 33% longer. Let's see what our comparison test finds in the kitchen of Amy Diamond of Cape Girardeau.

"Apparently, the tray on this is supposed to dry the moisture away," notes Amy as she looks at the lids on the containers.

That's the idea behind the so-called "Produce Saver" by Rubbermaid. The fresh vent allows your produce to breathe and the tray inside the container collects any excess moisture.

Amy Diamond already likes these containers. She e-mailed me, letting me know how well they've already worked on broccoli, carrots and cauliflower. So, I had to see it for myself.

"They're totally dry. They're crisp. Usually, when I have them in the fridge they get slimy and soggy after a week," she notes.

I look at her broccoli, also after one week, in these containers, and I'm pretty impressed. "You can tell the ends haven't even started getting brown or anything," says Amy.

Still, she and I want to know how strawberries and fresh lettuce will do in these containers. "There's probably a trick to strawberries I don't know. Nothing seems to work on those. You have to eat them right away!" I agree.

So, we take half of the fresh strawberries and put one set in the Produce Saver container. The others stay in the original plastic tray. We'll compare one bag of fresh lettuce to the greens we place in the large produce saver. "If broccoli and cauliflower I've done are any indication, I'm thinking these will definitely do well," predicts Amy.

One week later ... here's what our comparison test found. "Lettuce still looks good in the containers; very fresh, but the lettuce still looks good in the bag, too!" says Amy.

But not much hope here for the strawberries. "Oh boy, yeah these don't look good," I say looking at the spoiled berries.

In fact, both sets of strawberries have mold growing on them, one week later.  While I'd be quick to say I'm not too sure just how much the Produce Saver really lives up to its promise, Amy is still a believer.

"B or B plus. It definitely worked for what we use it for, having stuff cut up and ready to eat. The broccoli, lettuce and cauliflower I think worked really well in these containers," she says.

Her boys do eat those the most. So, it appears you might save some money keeping certain produce fresher longer in these containers...others seem to make no difference at all.

"The carrots have been in there for over a week, and they're not slimy, still crisp. For me, that's a huge plus. When we leave them in the bag, they get slimy in a few days," says Amy. 

The $10 dollar 4-piece set gets a fresh B minus on this Does it Work test. I bought the set at the Sikeston Wal-Mart.

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