STAYING FRESH WITH PRODUCE BAGS


Did you know that using natural cotton bags will keep your produce fresh longer?

As produce sits and ages, it begins to emit ethylene gas, which is what causes fruits and vegetables to rot so quickly. The breathable cotton fabric of our produce bags allows ethylene gas to escape, while plastic bags trap this gas inside.  Who would have thought that those “free” plastic produce bags were actually costing them money! 

Cotton bags will protect your produce while protecting our planet.  Our produce bags are the ultimate in Eco-friendliness, being NATURAL, SUSTAINABLE, ORGANIC, BIODEGRADABLE, COMPOSTABLE, REUSABLE, RECYCLABLE, and ZERO WASTE.

Say NO to Plastic!

 

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Produce Storage in Muslin Bags

The muslin fabric helps keep produce crisp and fresh. Once home from the market, spray any leafy greens, drip off any excess water, and put them into a muslin bag while damp. The fabric absorbs this water and contains moisture (similar to wet paper towels) that protects refrigerated greens from dehydration and wilting.  This method works best for leafy greens and delicate produce such as lettuce, spinach, chard, kale, basil, parsley, cilantro, herbs, and green beans. 

Be sure to occasionally check on these items in the fridge, while this method does prolong the life of produce, it will eventually go bad.  Don’t let your food go to waste!

Produce to store in DRY muslin bags include avocados, mushrooms, broccoli, brussel sprouts, and much more. These bags perform similar to a brown paper bag for accelerating ripening.  Put green avocados in a muslin bag with a high ethylene producing fruit, like bananas, and place it in a sunny spot to speed up ripening.

 
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Produce Storage in Mesh Bags

The 1/8-inch netting provides excellent air circulation to the produce inside, so is prime for thicker skinned fruits and vegetables. For produce that needs this air circulation, such as potatoes, onions, garlic, and tomatoes, place the bag on the countertop or hang it by the drawstring in a cool, dark place (just don’t forget about them for too long). Do NOT store onions and potatoes in the same bag, or in close proximity to one another, as the onions will cause the potatoes to rot.

In the refrigerator, you can store peaches, apples, oranges, squash, carrots, as well as most thick-skinned items in either mesh or muslin bags.

 
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Bulk Shopping with Muslin Bags

Muslin bags are perfect for zero waste bulk bin shopping.  With a washable marker, write the bin number on the bag for easy checkout.  Once home, transfer the items to glass mason jars or similar container for airtight storage, and throw the used bags in the wash machine to remove the marker.

Be sure to wash any produce bags used for storage purposes or bulk shopping before using them again. This way, any harmful bacteria is destroyed and cross contamination amongst produce and bulk is prevented.