When my editor forwarded me an e-mail about a product called Food Huggers a couple of weeks back, I was immediately intrigued.
Created by two women and funded through Kickstarter, Food Huggers are silicone food covers that claim to keep leftover fruits and veggies as fresh as the first day they were cut. Oddly enough, I had just had a conversation with my boyfriend the night before about the amount of produce I seem to waste regularly as a result of the never-as-fresh-the-next-day problem.
As someone who cooks with fresh ingredients like lemons, tomatoes and avocados, I usually find myself with various unused portions of fruits and vegetables stored in sandwich bags or plastic containers.
The part after this might sound familiar. Intending to use the second half of my lemon or avocado, I remove it from the fridge only to find that after a day or two of storage it is withered and unappealing.
Without much thought, I usually chuck it in the trash, reach for a new lemon or avocado, and repeat the process. I can only imagine how much money I’ve wasted as a result of this. Plus there’s the issue of all those environmentally unfriendly sandwich bags I’ve housed them in and thrown out.
This is where Food Huggers come in. Made from silicone that is BPA- and phthalate-free, the reusable covers create a tight seal around cut produce, reportedly locking in freshness for days and saving you money and produce.
Food Huggers come in two versions: The regular ones are circular and vary in size to fit produce ranging from onions and lemons to tomatoes and limes. Meanwhile, Avocado Huggers come in two sizes that fit the fruit’s unique shape. Food Huggers are only available online on the brand’s website ( http://foodhuggers.com) and they cost $14.99 for a set of four regular Food Huggers and $9.99 for two Avocado Huggers.
While looks are not everything, I have to admit that the first thing that caught my eye about the Food Huggers was their appearance — bright, fun colors. I know, I know. Trivial stuff.
After admiring the colors for a while, I began chopping my produce in half so that I could test the Huggers. For this trial, I used lemons and avocados. And, it seems important to note that although Food Huggers are mostly marketed for produce, they can also be used on opened soda cans and food cans.
I slipped the Food Huggers on the cut lemons and avocados. Compared to simply throwing your unused food into a sandwich bag or plastic container, the food covers do require a little more effort, but it seems worth a couple of extra seconds if it will keep the produce fresh.
Placing my covered produce in the fridge, I waited several days.
Fab or flub?
Fab! If keeping things fresh is what you want, then Food Huggers are definitely for you. After leaving the produce in the fridge for about three days, I found that my lemons and avocados were still as fresh as the day they were cut.
Overall, the taste was still great and flavorful — much more so than the produce that I had previously stored in sandwich bags or containers — and the cleanup, either washing by hand or using the dishwasher, was super-easy.
While the Food Huggers might seem a bit pricy for some budgets, I suggest viewing them as an investment that will pay dividends. Besides cutting down on food costs and waste, Food Huggers will also help reduce your use of plastic sandwich bags. That’s a win-win for your pocketbook and the planet.