Southern Mom Loves: Keep Your Veggies Fresher, Longer

Keep Your Veggies Fresher, Longer

Friday, October 20, 2017

This is a sponsored post for SheSpeaks/Rubbermaid®.

It's harvest time and fresh veggies are in abundance. Whether you're buying them from the grocery store or enjoying the fruits of your garden, keeping your produce fresher, longer has always been a bit of a problem. I usually try to solve it by packing them into every meal, but that's not always possible and I'm left with veggies that are better suited for the compost heap. I'm going to give you guys some tips to keep your veggies fresher, longer and I'm also trying out a new product that promises to keep produce fresher up to 80% longer*!

Eating fresh fruits and veggies is a must for a healthier lifestyle. You just can't beat the nutritional value of eating fresh, but that means either many trips to the grocery store during the week or some serious meal-planning skills to make sure you use what you buy before it goes bad.

I hate throwing away good money, or even worse, throwing away our labor and time in the garden, so I'm giving Rubbermaid FreshWorks Produce Savers a try and giving you guys some tips to help keep your produce its freshest.

Did you know that as a result of throwing away fresh produce, Americans waste $24 billion worth of produce every year, which is the equivalent of $192 per household?!** In response, Rubbermaid created FreshWorks, a line of produce savers with some cool, innovative features.

It uses a revolutionary built-in FreshVent lid, which naturally regulates the flow of oxygen and CO2, in and out of the container to create the optimal environment so produce stays nearly as fresh as the day it was picked. Don't worry: The lid filter lasts a lifetime, no replacements are needed. I can't even tell you how much I love that!

The CrispTray at the bottom elevates produce away from moisture and promotes proper airflow to help reduce spoilage. That is such a great idea! 

The whole shebang is dishwasher safe, BPA-free, and made in the USA of global components.

With FreshWorks Produce Savers, you can simply move produce from the store packaging and into the FreshWorks containers before refrigerating to maintain freshness for up to 80% longer*. Find out more about FreshWorks here.

Some other tips to help your produce last longer:

  1. Don't wash before storing as excess moisture speeds up spoilage.
  2. Don't cut before storing. Whole produce will keep better than portioned produce.
  3. Separate any spoiling or rotten produce from the good produce immediately. It can help speed up spoiling for the rest of the batch.
  4. Remove any ties or rubber bands before storing.
  5. Remove any leafy ends, like the stems of carrots or tomatoes, before storing.

Those tips combined with using Rubbermaid FreshWorks can help you keep your produce fresh in the fridge and ready for whatever culinary creation you want to whip up...or if you forgot to thaw out the roast and decided to order pizza instead. No worries, your produce will ready to go tomorrow, too.

Rubbermaid has also extended its line of FreshWorks Produce Keepers to include three new sizes. So now they're available in six sizes to hold all types of produce:

  • Lare Square (11.1 Cups): Perfect for Tomatoes
  • Long Rectangle (8.4 Cups): Great for asparagus or zucchini
  • Small Rectangle (4.0 Cups): Will keep your green beans fresh.
  • Small (2.5 Cups): Ideal for small berries.
  • Medium (6.3 Cups): Perfect for strawberries. 
  • Large (17.3 Cups): Optimal for leafy greens.

I found them to be easy to use and I noticed our veggies did stay fresher for longer. I didn't have to throw out anything this week, which is a record for us! The CrispTray is a genius addition. Love them, and one lucky reader will win a set of their own below!


One winner will receive a set of Rubbermaid FreshWorks Produce Savers! Enter below and good luck! [CLOSED]

Giveaway begins on 10/20/17 at 1:00 am CST and ends on 10/29/17 at 11:59 pm CST. Must be 18 years or older, open to US residents only (void where prohibited.) Once winners are confirmed, they will be added to the Winner's List here.

Disclaimer: Southern Mom Loves was compensated for this post. No purchase is necessary to enter. One entrant per household, per IP address. All entries will be verified. Void where prohibited by law. Winner will be contacted by email; Please add to your whitelist. Southern Mom Loves/Save-A-Lot will be responsible for prize delivery to the winner. This giveaway is in no way administered, sponsored, endorsed by, or associated with Facebook and/or Twitter, Google, Pinterest, or any other social media platform.

Contact Holly at if you have any additional questions or comments, or would like Southern Mom Loves to organize your next giveaway.

What do you think of FreshWorks? Do you have problems keeping your produce fresh? I love to read your comments! 

*Based on strawberries in FreshWorks containers vs. store packaging. Results may vary depending upon produce and use.
** Source: USDA 2014

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