Sunday, September 2, 2012

Bluapple™ Helps Produce Last Longer (Win One!)


At any given time, you can look in the vegetable/fruit drawer of my refrigerator and find any number of things in various stages of decomposition. It's because of a not-so-secret habit I have of keeping fresh ones there until they're not so fresh anymore. Why don't I eat them before they get that way? I have no clue. It's just one of those things.

Fruits and vegetables ripen because of ethylene gas, which they produce in order to help themselves ripen at a uniform rate. When they're enclosed in a crisper drawer in the refrigerator, the gas accumulates, becomes highly concentrated, and continues to ripen these edibles, hastening spoilage.

Trucks that transport picked fruits and vegetables use a product inside the trucks that absorbs this gas, so as to slow down the ripening process.  Wouldn't it be great if we could have a product that does this in our homes? Well, now we do!

Bluapple™ is a small apple-shaped device that contains this same absorbing material in an easy-to-use form that you just put in your crisper drawer with your fruits and vegetables. Each packet of absorption material lasts about three months and you can get refills for it so that it can be used over and over. Bluapple™ can also be used outside the refrigerator - in a fruit bowl, for example - but they likely won't last as long since they will absorb ethylene gas from other sources too, such as that given off by gas stoves.

Zeolite
You're probably wondering what the absorption material in the Bluapple™ is. It's zeolite, which is ancient volcanic ash turned to rock over time, treated with potassium permanganate. This is an organic product that is OMRI listed and once it's outlived its usefulness, it's recommended that you simply add it to your houseplant soil. It will add trace amounts of minerals to the soil that your plants can use! You can read more about how Bluapple™ works here.

Bluapple™ hard at work in my crisper drawer!

The company that makes Bluapple™ sent a pair of them for me to try and that's what I'm doing right now. I can't tell you if it works well or not yet, because I haven't had them long enough, but the principle is sound, so I have no doubt it will. They offer a money-back guarantee if you aren't happy with the results.

The people at Bluapple™ want you to try it too, so they're providing three of my readers with a pair of Bluapples™ !


To be entered to win:

1.  Leave a comment to this blog post, telling me what your very favorite fresh fruit or vegetable is.
AND

2.  Enter your information on the Rafflecopter form below so I'll know how to contact you if you're a winner.




a Rafflecopter giveaway

The giveaway will end on Sunday night, September 9, 2012, at midnight, and is open to residents of the U.S. and Canada.

Bluapple™ has a Facebook page (which they would be happy for you to "Like!"), where you can find current information about retail locations where they can be purchased. For example, some Whole Foods locations carry it, but some do not (yet). You can also buy them directly from their website.


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Bluapple™ sent their product to me to test and it is the only compensation I received.

27 comments:

1st Man said...

Apples and cukes are my favorites!

marmee said...

i feel like half my stuff ends up in the compost. i am trying to be better but i never know who is going to be home and who is not. this would help. i am going to look for it. thx.

recipecrazee said...

I love mangos and baby spinach. (I know. You said one but I couldn't choose so I listed both!)

I'll be very intrigued to see how this works for you! I'm constantly clearing out produce well past its prime. In fact... I should probably check what's in my drawer now. :/

Debbie said...

I love so many - I think this week it's nectarines :)

Julie Kroske said...

Now that I have been making salads for two daily, the produce drawers are always full. I tend to have problems with the bananas. I am the only one that eats than and sometimes they get overlooked. I wonder if this will help? It would be hard to overlook something that blue in the drawer!

Renee Wright said...

It's hard to choose, but I'm a big fan of those little mini sweet peppers--so perfect for so many different dishes, from salads to pizza! And that's not to mention grilled with a spicy cheese filling, sorta like jalapeno poppers.

Modern Mia said...

Peaches are my favorite fruit. I can't wait to see how the Blueapple works for you. Sounds perfect for my..ahem..fridge and fruit issues.

Jackie said...

my favorites are cucumbers and tomatoes.

ruthie said...

My favorites are mangos and cucumber. Thanks

Shawna Lee Coronado said...

My favorite fruit are cherries. And I love them prepared in cherry cobbler. Nom. Nom. Nom.

Shawna

Bklynebeth said...

This might just save my marriage! My hubby and I were talking pet peeves last night in our otherwise blissful relationship and his big one for me was that our fruit and veggie drawers are often on their way to becoming compost bins. Hoping to win one for sure!

Laura Cottrell said...

Peaches and pears are my favorite,but I hate to buy much produce, cause it usually ends up spoiling.

Carla Field said...

Hard to narrow it down... but I would love it if my strawberries, cucumbers and spring greens would last longer. This product is a FANTASTIC idea! I can't wait to have a couple!

mrsjjdavis said...

Wow! Kylee, I am in awe of this product and surprised that I haven't found one before. I would love to keep ALL of my produce fresh. Yesterday I grabbed my peppers to cut and they were squishey...YUCK. And with the prices of produce going to go higher and higher the blue apple would be my best friend.

StarofMoonDancer said...

I so need this at my house tried everything..Lost so much because of rot...HELP !!!!!the BLUE APPLE to the RESCUE !!!!!!!
Thanks...

BarbR7 said...

Avocado is my very favorite; I eat it virtually every day.
As a seasonal special, it would have to be sorrel.

When it comes to fresh produce, I find that my eyes are bigger than my stomach. I would love to find out if this works so that only scraps wind up in my compost, not the beautiful veggie or fruit I wanted to eat.

Kylee Baumle said...

Julie and Barb, they have a special note about avocados and bananas on their Q & A page. Yes, they help both of them, but there's more to it than with other edibles.

Just a reminder to everyone, you must BOTH leave a comment AND fill out the Rafflecopter form. As of right now, there are 16 comments and only 9 Rafflecopter entries. Both are really easy to do!

designeddecor said...

I have squash that is going bad, I need one of these!

Karen said...

I'd love one of these - I don't purchase a membership in our local CSA because everything goes bad so quickly! No more liquid lettuce!

Mia Graves said...

My favorite veggies are peppers, brocolli, and turnips. I think using the bluapple would draw my attention to the veggies and I would eat them faster. Plus, blue is my favorite color!

Shelley said...

It's hard to pick as I love bananas and a good crisp apple. Although we love our Hale melons.

char012247 said...

Love bananas and tomatoes.

Nancybeth said...

My favorites are raspberries and asparagus.

Nancybeth said...

My favorites are raspberries and asparagus

Julie said...

Oh Kylee...if you could see the cucumbers from the garden that melted in the produce drawer...you would feel much better about your own refrigerator! Yuck. I love anything fresh from the garden--probably tomatoes (although they don't go in the refrigerator) and strawberries are my favorite. Can't wait to hear how the Blue Apple works for you.

Jennie said...

I always have lots of produce in the fridge, and I hate it when it goes bad! These are a great idea.
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lola said...

we have a lake at my daughters home that needs it badly and we are just getting started as we rved since 1999

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