Colleen's log

February 19, 2008 7:37:10 PM PST
Colleen Kurtz tracked the progress of fruits and vegetables in different storage containers. The containers included the Debbie Meyers Green Bags, Ziploc Storage Bags, Ziploc Storage Containers, and the containers in which the item was purchased.

Here are her results:

CHERRY TOMATOES:

Green Bag:

Day 2: couple soft
Day 5: 1/3 are soft
Day 7: tomatoes start to wrinkle
Day 9: 2/3 are soft
Day 16: all soft
Day 21: most are wrinkled
Day 23: mold starts
Day 30: most have mold

Ziploc Bag:

Day 2: couple soft
Day 5: 1/3 are soft
Day 9: most are soft, some wrinkled
Day 15: all soft
Day 24: mold starts
Day 30: most have mold

Ziploc Box:

Day 2: couple soft
Day 5: 1/3 are soft
Day 7: 1/2 are soft, some wrinkled
Day 9: 2/3 are soft
Day 12: most are soft, more wrinkled
Day 16: mold starts
Day 21: all wrinkled, still mold
Day 30: mold on most

Store Container:

Day 2: most are soft, half wrinkled
Day 4: most are soft and wrinkled
Day 7: more wrinkled
Day 12: more wrinkled
Day 20: mold

Summary: Green Bag, Ziploc Box, Ziploc Bag did about the same. Store container was by far worse.

CUCUMBERS

Green Bag:

Day 19: slightly softer
Day 25: mold spot

Ziploc Bag:

Day 7: bumps on skin sank in
Day 10: Slightly softer
Day 14: wrinkling begins, softer
Day 21: mold
Day 27: mold speckled all over cucumber

No Bag, Frig:

Day 6: slightly softer
Day 7: bumps on skin sank in
Day 13: softer, wrinkling begins
Day 20: most of cucumber is shriveled
Day 26: mold spot

Summary: Green Bag was best because the cucumber stayed firm with very little wrinkling and only a small mold spot. The cucumber in the Ziploc Bag was slightly softer, with more wrinkling and more mold. Both did much better than the frig, no bag cucumber. **NOTE COLLEEN DID NOT TEST THE CUCUMBER IN THE ZIPLOC STORAGE CONTAINER**

RED PEPPER LOG:

Green Bag

Day 4: little wrinkle at top
Day 7: slightly softer, more wrinkle
No further changes. Pepper was still OK to eat at the end of 30 days

Ziploc Bag:

Same as Green Bag

Frig, no Bag:

Day 2: slightly softer
Day 3: wrinkled on one side
Day 4: softer
Day 4-20: continues to soften and get more wrinkled
Day 21: brown near bottom
No change after day 21

Summary: Green Bag and Ziploc Bag kept red pepper fresh for 30 days, while Pepper was not edible after about a week.

APRICOT LOG:

Green Bag:

Day 4: slight wrinkle around top but still firm
Day 15: mold spot
Day 23: second mold spot
Apricot never got completely ripe but did soften some

Ziploc Bag:

Day 3: slight soft on one side
Day 16: mold
Day 21: second mold spot
Day 26: top completely moldly
Like Green Bag, apricot never got completely ripe but did soften some. Pretty much no difference between Green Bag and Ziploc Bag

Counter, no bag:

Day 3: very ripe
Day 4: mold and wrinkles
Day 5: more mold, more shriveled
Day 7: trash

Frig, no bag:

Day 4: very ripe
Day 5-13: gets more wrinkled
Day 14: starts to feel drier
Day 25: small mold spot
Day 30: very dry and shriveled

RASPBERRIES: Raspberries Green Bag:

Day 3: first signs of mold
Day 7: not edible, most had mold spots
Day 12: raspberries clumped together in moldy liquid
Day 12-30: raspberries continue to decompose, additional black mold day 21

Raspberries Ziploc Bag:

same as Green Bag

Raspberries Ziploc Box:

Day 3: first sign of mold
Day 7: not edible
Day 18: little brown liquid
Day 21: black mold

Biggest difference between Box and Bags is that the raspberries in the box did not get clumped in brown liquid. Very little liquid formed in box

Raspberries Store Container:

Day 4: first signs of mold
Day 10: not edible
Day 19: covered in white snow-like mold
Day 22: berries start to dry out
Day 26: some black mold
Store container berries lasted longer than the others. The raspeberries here dried out probably because the container had holes in it.

LETTUCE LOG: Green Bag Lettuce:

Day 10: one piece wilted with slight rotting
Day 12: leaves look wilted
Day 12-30: leaves get more wilted but don't rot

Ziploc Bag:

Day 4: couple pieces have very small amount of rotting
Day 15: wilting starts
Day 20: slightly more rotting
Day 20-30: no more changes

Ziploc Box:

Day 4: Very little rotting seen on a couple of pieces
Day 15: wilting starts
Day 15-30: leaves get more wilted but don't rot any more

Original Package:

Day 3: slight rotting on a couple of pieces
Day 5: little bit more brown pieces
Day 5-30: little bit more rotting, but most pieces are still edible

Overall, not much difference between the Green Bag, Ziploc Bag, and Ziploc Box. Almost all the lettuce was fine after 30 days. In Original Package there was a bit more rotting, but most lettuce was fine!

CARROTS

There was no real difference between the Green Bag, Ziploc Bag and Original Package. They all were fine to eat after 30 days. The only change was that they got dried out.

DINNER ROLLS

Green Bag Roll:

Day 7: mold

Ziploc Bag:

Day 5: mold

Original Package:

Day 4: mold

Summary: All the bread got very moldy soon after they first started getting mold. Green Bag got mold the latest (day 7) and had the least mold throughout the 30 days. The Ziploc Bag had the most mold and the Original package was in the middle


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