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Produce Fresh 5/17/13

Produce can look so beautiful and irresistible in the store, but fresh fruit and
veggies are fragile. Those ripe berries can easily turn to this.

"It's like the sacrifice you got to make to have fresh vegetables."

"I try to buy a little at a time, but then I find run out and then that's also
annoying, so it's like hard to balance."

A new product called FreshPaper promises to keep fruits and veggies fresh
two to four times longer … and organically at that.

Gayle Williams
Consumer Reports

"It's made from a mixture of spices, including fenugreek, which supposedly
inhibits bacteria growth."

Consumer Reports wanted to check it out.
Testers placed two sets of blueberries and strawberries with FreshPaper into
this fridge - one set in its original store packaging, the other in airtight
plastic containers. In a different fridge, the same set of berries but no

Testers checked the fruit every day. The FreshPaper did not appear to have
any effect on the blueberries.

After two weeks ALL the blueberries looked pretty much the same - no
matter which container.

The strawberries in their original store packaging without FreshPaper
showed some mold growth.

The strawberries with the FreshPaper didn't have any mold, BUT they were
starting to spoil - same as the berries without the paper.

As for the strawberries in the airtight containers … nearly three weeks later,
the ones with the FreshPaper and the ones without the FreshPaper showed
signs of spoilage.

Gayle Williams
"Your best bet to store fresh produce is to put it in a cool, dry place. And no
matter how good it looks in the store, resist the urge to buy more than you

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