There's a New Ally in the Fight for Fresher Fruits and Vegetables

Approximately 40 percent of the food in the US goes uneaten -- to the tune of roughly $165 billion each year, according to a report from the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC). A large part of this food waste? Produce....

Approximately 40 percent of the food in the US goes uneaten -- to the tune of roughly $165 billion each year, according to a report from the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC). A large part of this food waste? Produce. Luckily there are some things you can do to minimize food losses in your own home while enjoying fresher, longer-lasting produce.

One of the latest weapons leading the charge? The OXO GreenSaver Produce Keeper. Let's take a closer look at this revolutionary system designed to keep fruits and vegetables fresher longer, along with why it's a must-have for money-minded, health-conscious households.

The Trouble with Food Waste

There's nothing worse than reaching for a head of lettuce or apple only to discover that it's gone bad. Unfortunately, this is a common phenomenon in American households. In fact, Americans end up throwing away about 19 percent of the vegetables and 14 percent of the fruits they purchase, according to a report from the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.

While rotting is a natural part of the lifecycle of produce, a number of factors -- such as air, light, temperature, moisture, and microbial growth -- can accelerate the spoilage process. This isn't just an inconvenience; it can also be a significant hit to your monthly food budget as well as to the environment as it compounds the massive amount of uneaten food rotting in landfills.

So what can you do to slow down the rate at which your produce spoils? For starters, shop wisely by choosing undamaged, vibrantly colored fruits and vegetables, and select your produce at the end of your shopping trip so items requiring refrigeration aren't kept at room temperature for any longer than necessary. Also, be sure to plan ahead to ensure that you buy only what you will use and need.

Other useful tips aimed at slowing food spoilage? Avoid cutting fruits in advance; quickly remove rotting fruit before it spoils the rest; store foods properly; and set your fridge to 40 degrees or lower. Keeping your fridge clean can also help as other foods are more likely to spoil in the presence of leftover food residue and mold spores.

Your New Best Friend

But what if you could do more than just prevent your produce from rotting? What if you could proactively extend the life of your fruits and vegetables instead? Enter the OXO GreenSaver Produce Keeper.

This innovative system keeps produce fresher longer in several different ways. An all-natural activated carbon filter (it's made from coconuts!) traps and absorbs ethylene gas, which slows down the aging process and keeps fruits and vegetables fresh longer, while an elevated basket -- which can also be used separately as a colander for rinsing -- keeps produce free and clear of the container walls to promote optimal air flow.

Fruits and vegetables

Additionally, an adjustable top vent slides open and closed to allow users to set the humidity depending on the type of produce. Plus, it's roomy enough for heads of lettuce, bunches of apples and all of your other favorites.

If you're aiming to eat healthier in the new year, you'll need plenty of nutrition-packed fruits and vegetables to reach your goal. If they're spoiling before you can consume them however, you're not only wasting money, you're also preventing yourself from fulfilling your goal. With the OXO GreenSaver Produce Keeper, you can have the best of both worlds: saving money without having to skimp on fresh, delicious produce. For more great content for home chefs, be sure to register with Cilantrotoday.