Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Grand Hu$tle?!? - Debbie Meyer Green Bags.

Wasted food is a big qualm of mine. My two year old loves Chef Boyardee Spaghetti-O's, and my wife finds the lunch-sized microwavable containers easiest to prepare. The kid usually wolfs down the entire thing in one sitting, but inevitably he'll sometimes decide he doesn't want to finish it, which means a waste of a perfectly good $1.25 bowl of pasta. This irks me to no end, which is further evidence that I'm turning into my father.

Anyways, some chick named Debbie Meyer wants you to keep more of your hard-earned scrilla in your pockets during this recession, so she invented the Debbie Meyer Green Bags, which are reputed to save bananas, tomatoes, broccoli, and other fruits and veggies up to 30 days.

But does it actually work?

What follows is a fairly representative opinion culled from numerous product review websites. Their words, not mine.
"This product does NOT do as advertised. Would love to get my money back. I could not even give the bags away after my family saw what the food looked like after a few days. Don't waste your money!"

"Not happy...I am throwing away alot of money in bananas! I purchase them with some green, but in a bag, secure the bag closed. Several days later, open a banana and the banana itself is real mushy and very funky tasting. The peel looked good - yellow, but the bananas were terrible!"

"I bought green bags after seeing the infomercial. I didn't see any difference in keeping fruit and vegatables fresh. I put vegs and fruit in DRY as instructed. The bags made condensation inside. I guess it pulls the moisture from the fruit/veg which was suprising. Also, the box said the bags are good for 10X. After one use I noticed moldy smell. Don't waste your money."

"This is a great product, but you must keep the moisture out of the bag as others have said and the instructions clearly state. If you don't, you will get mold. I have had success with a large variety of fruits/vegetables. I have been wiping the moisture out of the bags every 5-7 days. Small price to pay for fresh produce. Had a head of lettuce stay fresh for 3 weeks just by wiping out moisure once a week. Love the idea of adding paper towel, will try that."

"I found this product to be great I tried strawberries, bannanas, tomatoes, carrots and a variety of other items and they lasted longer than without! Recommend! Make sure you continue to store appropriate fruit in fridge, though."

"I have been using these for vegetables for over a year. I usually buy 5 romaine lettuce heads from [] and chop it up for salads. I can keep them for 4-5 weeks way beyond the normal length of time. The key is to close the bag, but keep a slight opening to allow moisture to escape, I use a chip clip that closes the bag 3/4 of the way."

"So far tomotoes are fine after 5 days, but cucumber, lettuce, spinach and banana are no diff than the would have been. Doing a banana experiment shows absolute no diff between green bag banana and unwrapped banana after 5 days. Both have slightly brown spots. I won't buy these again."

"My son loves fruit and I thought it would be a great idea to purchase the bags so that I could keep more fresh fruit at home for him. I had the fruit in the bags for two days before I gave them to my son. Within a couple of hours my son had hives on his arms and face. I did not think it was the fruit from the green bags until I gave him the fruit again the next day with the same results."
Synopsis: Despite their farfetched promises of saving bananas for 5 months (ok, I'm exagerrating), the Debbie Meyer Green Bags were given decidedly mixed reviews. They appear to work for certain green vegetables, but for fruits, especially bananas, the bags appear to have little effect, and in some cases make the fruit age even quicker. There's also a hidden upsell for bags with a ziplock enclosure. The standard bags have nothing, so you either have to use your own twisty tie or bag clip. This sorta undermines the whole "air tight" premise that's supposed to make the bags work in the first place.

Final Verdict: Mixed. They work for some fruits and veggies, but not for others. Nonetheless, it's fair to say they don't do what they're advertised to do. I wouldn't buy em'.

Question: Do you own Debbie Meyer Green Bags? Would you buy them now?

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