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Orange Popsicle

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I was contacted by Clearly Fresh to write a review of their produce bags. You know how excited I get when that sort of thing happens!  They mailed me 10 of their bags and I immediately started putting them to use.

I’ve been experimenting with their bags for a couple weeks now, and I’ve decided there is a definite good side/bad side issue with them.  On the good side, my fruit and veggies stay much fresher, much longer than they do when I leave them alone- which is exactly what they are supposed to do. I even tried putting a bunch of green bananas in one and they were all still green a week later when I gave up and pulled them out so they would ripen enough for us to eat them.

Unfortunately, the down side was a little ugly.  While I never had a problem with moldy or rotten produce, if the fruit had any sort of vine or stem, it would grow mold very rapidly.  This first happened the day after I put my on-the-vine tomatoes in the bag.  We were able to save them by picking them off the moldy stem and washing them well, but dealing with mold is never fun.  We also had mold grow on our bell pepper stem, as well as the stem of that bunch of green bananas.

I was hoping to try them with my celery to see if they worked as well as a paper towel in a regular produce bag does, but my celery was too tall and the bag wouldn’t close.

Otherwise, the only other issue I had was aesthetics. I usually leave my non-refrigerated produce in a basket on my counter, and it just wasn’t as pretty sitting in a plastic bag.

Overall, I was very impressed with their effectiveness, and I think I will continue to use them for things that don’t have stems that I want to keep fresh longer than usual- such as tomatoes or apples when they go on sale so I can stock up.  I’m excited to have them this summer for when my garden starts producing so I can decrease the amount of wasted fruit and maybe wait until the season is over to do my canning.

I’m happy to have been asked to review these bags and I hope my review was helpful to somebody.  If you are interested in learning more about Clearly Fresh bags, head on over to Clearly Fresh Bags.

*I was not compensated in any way for this review except for the complimentary bags I received in order to review them.

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Who Needs Toys?

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Evelyn loves fishing under our couch for empty canning jars and cans of tuna. This morning she gets to play with both AND some clean laundry. Who could ask for anything more?

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Curtain dress

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I made this dress out of yard sale curtains. If we’re judging on cuteness, I’m thinking she beats Scarlett O’hara by a mile.

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