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Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Food Huggers

Everyone's been there: You have half a lemon (or onion, apple, tomato, cucumber...) in the fridge, and by the time you're ready to use it, it's dry and shriveled. Food waste is a big problem, needless to say. Well, these Food Huggers might be here to save the day. The round silicone caps fit onto the ends of sliced fruits and vegetables to keep them fresh. Here's the Kickstarter campaign, where $18 gets you a set of four. It's good for both the pocketbook and environment not to have to throw away as much stuff.
Thoughts? Would you use them? Any other smart ways to store cut fruits and veggies?

(Via The Kitchn)

88 comments:

slip4 said...

These would save a lot of plastic wrap! I would use them.

Zeynep s said...

i am just eating the rest of it! never succeeded using it later..

Danielle Todd said...

I totally need these. I find storing vegetables awkward. I usually put them in a tupperware container and forget about them. With these I could put them back in the crisper.

graciegirl said...

Got em! Thanks!

Denene said...

Cool idea!

Kate said...

I wonder how these would work with avocados. Such a first-world problem, but a whole avocado seems to be too much for a single-serving(in a salad, on a sandwich, etc) and yet I don't want to waste the other half!

Liz M C said...

GENIUS! I was just putting away half of an onion last night thinking "Am I ever going to use this again? Or is it just gonna stink of my fridge and get tossed out next week?"

Diane Cayton-Hakey said...

Kate, I put the half used avocado in a plastic baggie and put it in the veggie drawer of my fridge. As long as I use the avocado the next day it's good to go and doesn't turn brown either. Not sure I would use these cute little devices. Sometimes, for me anyway, it's about planning meals ahead and knowing that I will use that half used item in the next day or two.

Olga Galchenko said...

Joanna, you're completely and totally AWESOME! You always find the coolest stuff! Thanks for linking to these ladies' kickstarter.

I seem to always have half an onion in a ramekin hanging out in the refrigerator. But it doesn't last very long. I just pledged $30 for Basic Hugs + Avocado hugger. Hope they're super successful!

Lindsay May said...

This is AMAZING! I am totally buying these :)

Mary said...

I just put some cling wrap around and place them back in the fridge. Well, except for avocados. I use all of them up in one go.

Bri Towne said...

these are great! i currently have half an onion and i have no idea what to do with it. i just feel so bad using mass amounts of plastic wrap :(

Rachael // The Paraders said...

What a great idea! I'm obsessed with efficiently storing vegetables lately. I've been wrapping leftovers in a paper towel and putting them in sealed tupperware. Washed and dried lettuce will keep for almost a month like this!

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Sophie Lorraine said...

These would totally save me - my pet peeve is only half using peppers and then coming back to them to find them shriveled. Totally bookmarking these for the next pay day!

margaux said...

well, holy SMARTYPANTS! a must get!

like with most of my purchases, my husband will scoff at my buying them, but will be singing their praises in a week or two. ( ;

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Allison said...

I just put the cut side down on a plate or small bowl.

Clare Agra said...

I'd want to know what they were made of. Most plastics are not safe.

Maiz Connolly said...

That works great for avocados, too. Just leave the pit in the half that you are saving, which will keep it from going bad so fast.

in dreams said...

ohhh, those are brilliant. wow!

Anne said...

also, lemon juice on the half to save will prevent it from turning brown.

gina said...

I would use these - such a great idea!

Elisha said...

It says they're made from FDA approved silicone that is BPA free and phthalate free

Elisha said...

These are brilliant! Definitely going to get a pack :)

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So cool! I love how bright and quirky they are too.

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Mary said...

I love this idea! I use little tupperwares most of the time, but I feel like this would work better. Awesome.

Suse said...

I'm in!

Elise said...

I avoid plastic wrap like the plague and consequently am forever running out of storage containers. (This photo of our fridge is practically all containers! http://www.plinnovations.com/peak-inside-the-plinnovations-fridge/)

These are so colorful and take up a lot less space than traditional storage containers. Love them!

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This is the BEST invention ever! Thank you:)

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Kelsey Mahler said...

If you check out the Kickstarter page, it looks like they actually make special avocado huggers!

Cecile said...

Thank you, Jo! What a great idea. I pledged the basic set and can't wait to get them in the mail! (Hopefully.)

jule said...

this is GENIUS! why has nobody had that idea before?! seriously!

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Melissa Blake said...

Those are amazing!! Such a great idea! xoxo

Kayli Schattner said...

What a great product! Thanks for sharing!

Astrid said...

Yes! And the no. 1 tip for avocados is to NOT put them in the fridge (just like eggplant and bananas they loose much of their flavour in a too cold environment, and with avocados the fridge even speeds up the browning process).

kaitlin said...

Bingo. Or - if I've got too many plates in the fridge, I throw it on a piece of paper towel...which at least is compostable.

Lisa Pappalardo said...

That's so smart, though it looks terribly silly.

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Caitlin said...

I thought the same thing about storing avocados in the fridge until I saw this:

http://www.thekitchn.com/best-place-to-store-avocados-i-150613

I've been keeping avocados in the fridge ever since and it's worked out fine! It's saved me from throwing out a lot of over-ripe avocados.

fancyalterego said...

I usually use plastic sandwich baggies or containers, not because I'm some environment-hater, but because there really aren't too many other options. This, however, looks like it would be worth a shot - especially since between my husband and myself, it takes us a while to get through an onion!

Hannah Hosh said...

Love it! First Kickstarter campaign I've contributed to. :)

sms said...

I always just put mine cut side down on a small plate.

janis said...

i had read online that it wasn't advisable to eat previously cut onions (some harmful chemical was realeased?)... is this untrue?

Mandy Z said...

my bf and i like to dice leftover veggies (usually onions and peppers) and store them in small tupperware or pyrex containers so that we have them pre-cut to throw into the next morning's scrambled eggs for a quick, healthy breakfast. i'm not a morning person, so i wouldn't take the extra time to chop and add veggies if i didn't already have them prepped!

emily said...

same here - works just fine

herenowbrowncow said...

Food waste is definitely a problem, but so is lots of plastic stuff ending up in landfill, not to mention the byproducts during production. Maybe you could just put the half an onion in a container you already own? Or put it in an empty bread bag? Or you could even give little bits of leftovers to a worm farm, chooks or compost it? Or eat it? I have one medium sized container in the fridge and just throw any half vege bits into it. Also have one in the freezer for roast lamb bones, broccoli stalks, ends of zucchini and onion ends etc and when that container gets full I make stock with it all.

Shelly said...

Ridiculous.

nell said...

this is awesome i have to get a set!

jm said...

I would love to try these!

Champagne Sunday said...

Love this idea. I hate using plastic wrap and try to use tupperware when I can. I'd totally buy this.


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LK said...

I love this! What a brilliant idea. How has this not been a thing?!

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Alexandra Ross said...

these are amazing for onions and they last a couple of weeks cut up in this: http://cdn.houseandhome.com/sites/houseandhome.com/files/1-onion-keeper.jpg

Alexandra Ross said...

found here =) http://houseandhome.com/blogs?page=196

suzy said...

Love this idea and will def be buying. I hate using plastic to cover un-used vegies ect in fridge. What a great idea thanks for sharing x

tugyen said...

Well, it is a nice idea and they look quite adorable bu I prefer small containers to keep the food or raw vegetables and it does the job!

Grace Arrowsmith said...

Yep- me too

Grace Ann Ekström said...

I use this for onions and it works great!

http://www.containerstore.com/shop?productId=10015132&N=&Ntt=onion

But these little huggers you posted are adorable!

Mary said...

Thanks ladies! I'm gonna try that now with avocados too! Love that you were so kind to share! x

lipstick and soda said...

those look like a very good idea indeed!

Alyssa said...

It's a cool idea, but I wouldn't pay $18 for them. I keep my cut produce in plastic sandwich bags from the dollar store. I re-use them a few times, then recycle them. Easy and cheap.

DreamCatcher said...

In plastic or glass containers and then into the fridge.
Or chop them up and put in a container in the freezer for future dishes like soups, pies, pizzas etc

Joan said...

Mmmm, that's pretty cool!

vmcarnevale said...

I read somewhere that if you put the pit back into the unused half and cover it with the empty skin, then put the whole thing into a tupperware or cover it with foil or something to hold it all together, it keeps it from browning and you can use the rest in the next few days! It works for me :)

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Oh! I could really use these!

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Gracie said...

what is a crisper Danielle?

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Rose said...

awesome idea, though maybe a bit pricey?!

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Caridad Barragan said...

Now that's a very nice way of keeping your cut veggies!
I usually just saran wrap'em to a plate.

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