14 Kitchen Products That Will Help You Stop Wasting Food
You can reduce food waste (and save money!) by simply having the right gadgets and tools in your kitchen.
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Some fruits and vegetables (like apples) produce ethylene gas, which speeds up the ripening process. Each Bluapple ball contains a packet that absorbs ethylene gas and extends the life of your produce. Just pop one among your apples and bananas to extend freshness.
Why it made our list: This investment will help protect expensive ethylene-sensitive produce, like bell peppers.
Having fruits and vegetables go bad before you have a chance to eat them is a common problem. FreshWorks containers make your produce last longer thanks to a crisping tray in the bottom that keeps moisture away. (Don’t miss these produce mistakes you didn’t know you were making.)
Why it made our list: This dependable Rubbermaid product has more than 1,000 positive reviews on Amazon!
Ditch the plastic wrap and store your favorite fromages in this reusable packaging. Double up on Bee’s Wrap to store other perishables like baked goods, sandwiches and produce. (Find even more reasons why you’ll love Bee’s Wrap!)
Why it made our list: Bee’s Wrap is made of sustainable, eco-friendly materials like organic cotton, bees wax and tree resin.
As you probably know, potatoes should never be stored with onions. With these potato and onion bags, you won’t have to worry about that any longer. The breathable blackout lining and drawstring closure helps create the cool, dark and dry environment potatoes and onions love. We also love that these bags can be hung from a hook, or placed on a shelf.
Why it made our list: You can toss these bags right into the washer when they get dirty!
Tired of freezer-burned food? This food vacuum sealer keeps your favorite foods fresh for 5x longer than your go-to freezer bags. Using this tool couldn’t be any easier—place your food in the bag, attach the bag to the sealer and press the vacuum button!
Why it made our list: This nifty gadget can seal both wet and dry items.
Leftover ingredients often get thrown in wasteful plastic bags, put back in the refrigerator and forgotten. Instead, save your partially used onions, garlic and tomatoes in this food saver set. It includes four reusable containers, each shaped as the food they are meant to store. (Plus, learn how to store every type of leftover food.)
Why it made our list: This set will preserve leftovers—and contain stinky food odors to keep your refrigerator fresh.
If you know the frustration of throwing out a bag of lettuce before you even get the chance to eat it, than you need a lettuce keeper. This hard-working container has an adjustable vent for optimal air circulation, and a reservoir at the bottom to catch excess water. (Psst! Check out some of our other favorite lettuce keepers.)
Why it made our list: You can wash your lettuce right in the container!
These reusable Food Huggers are the perfection solution for half-eaten produce. Simply press the fruit or vegetable into the silicone Food Hugger and watch as it wraps snugly around the edges to keep it fresh.
Why it made our list: This nifty invention helps us cut back on using plastic wrap, foil and plastic bags.
Keep your potato chips crispy and your opened bag of carrots crunchy. If you don’t already have a set of bag clips on hand, you absolutely need these. They’ll keep your opened produce and snacks fresh.
Why it made our list: These colorful clips are both freezer- and dishwasher-safe.
More than 1,000 Amazon reviewers agree: the GreenBoxes really do work! They’re made to reduce ethylene gas, making fruits and vegetables last longer in your fridge or on your counter.
Why it made our list: This set of GreenBoxes is a smart replacement for regular plastic storage containers.
There’s a reason bread boxes have been around since the 1800s! Keep bread fresh for longer in a bamboo bread box. The moisture from the bread raises the humidity in the box, but the lid isn’t airtight, which means air circulation can keep it from getting too moist. The result is the perfect environment for fresh bread.
Why it made our list: We tested this bread box to see if it kept bread fresher than storing it in a plastic bag. It worked!
Picture this: you’re ready to whip up an avocado toast for breakfast and when you go to pick up your avocado, it isn’t as fresh as it was yesterday. Don’t worry, we’ve all been there. This avocado hugger reduces air exposure which keeps your avocados fresh and green as can be. No more brown and mushy avocado halves sitting in your fridge!
Why it made our list: Attach the rubber strap and pack fresh avocadoes for outdoor lunches or in your work bag.
Herb savers are one of our favorite ways to store fresh herbs! Save those fresh herbs from the threat of being thrown out with an herb saver. Place herbs into the pod and close the clear cover, then add fresh water to the reservoir. It could extend the life of your herbs for up to three weeks!
Why it made our list: We love cooking with fresh herbs but don’t love throwing out what we don’t have time to use. This is the ideal solution.
Neat rows of clear containers not only make your pantry look beautiful and organized, they also help your dry ingredients last longer and reduce the chances you’ll have to throw out items that have gone bad. We love this OXO Good Grips set because each container has a “pop” lid that guarantees freshness. Simply push the button to engage an airtight seal.
Why it made our list: The containers in this set are stackable, making it easy to organize your pantry space.