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.
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™ 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.
2. Enter your information on the Rafflecopter form below so I'll know how to contact you if you're a winner.
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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.
Bluapple™ sent their product to me to test and it is the only compensation I received.