"Crushed volcanic rock particles"...

13 September, 2012

A couple of weeks ago I had an excess of broccoli and so I decided to do a little trial. I had come across these bags that claim to prolong the fridge life of fresh produce due to their "crushed volcanic rock particles" which "draw out gasses which cause food to deteriorate".

So I thought a little objective testing was in order.

I did a test where half of my freshly pricked broccoli side shoots were placed in the special Fresh & Crisp (henceforward to be known as F&C) bags, and half went into the bog standard supermarket fruit and veg crappy plastic bags. This is what they looked like at the start of the trial.


And after just on just on three weeks in their respective bags in the fridge crisper, this is how they look.


Not much to pick between them on sight, in my opinion.

On closer inspection, the F&C bags' contents retained a smidgeon more crispness.


That said, the supermarket bags' contents were not much the worse after a few weeks sojourn in the fridge, albeit a little on the soft side. (Apologies for the slightly out of focus photo; I blame the auto zoom).


Overall, even though the quality was better in the F&C bags, I'm not sure its worth the purchase price over free bags. Particularly when I store so little of my produce for future consumption.

So there you have it. Now I get to make orecchietti with broccoli with the leftovers.

6 comments:

  1. I had broccoli with penne last night, really enjoyed it. Also enjoyed your comparison especially as I now don't need to bother looking for them at the supermarket - the less time spent there the better.

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    1. Yes, it is delicious, but I'm starting to get a bit sick of it now. I'm letting my plants go to seed, though I have some frozen just in case I suffer from some belated broccoli cravings. Agree on the soul-less supermarkets!

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  2. Great experiment Bek. Looks like the F&C bags suffer from a false claim, especially if the overall result is so minimal.

    Gav x

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    1. Yes, they have impressive looking pics on the back showing produce in the bags and those left to the mercy of the fridge bag-less, but I suspect they tweaked those result, or just made them up!

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  3. I think the problem with your experiment is the length of time. When I was a full-time worker I could leave a head of broccoli in a bag for literally months. Those F & C bags really work amazingly well over a long time period - the broccoli won't last long-term in the normal plastic bag, but it will in the F & C bag. Whether you should really be storing broccoli for months, well that's a different question...

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    1. True, I reckon the bags had more time in them. But I agree, do you really want to keep food for that long?

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