One of the really cool things about being a blogger is all of the free swag that I receive. It takes some work on my part every day to weed through a lot of e-mails to pick out the gems, but it's worth it. I find out about cool new ideas and companies that I never would have known about if it wasn't for Healthy Girl's Kitchen.
When I received this e-mail about a new product designed to keep vegetables fresher for longer, I thought, "This is right up my alley!"
"Hi Wendy, we want to send you a sample Vejibag! Vejibag is a great new storage bag made of 100% US organic cotton, and it keeps vegetables crisp much longer than plastic. Check us out at www.vejibag.com. We’ll send you a bag! Thanks."
I quickly responded with a resounding "YES," but I didn't even take a minute to check out what I was saying "yes" to. About a week later, my first Vegibag arrived.
It was strange.
It was a bag, made out of a towel.
So I photographed it. It's cute, right?
But weird. What's up with this towel-bag and veggie storage? Watch this video and find out:
I like how it feels, it's soft and yummy. Maybe my spinach will like it too?
What I love most of all is that you can put your washed and clean lettuce into the bag while it is still damp and it won't ruin the greens! In fact, it will provide needed moisture. Then, when I want to make a salad, I can just grab my clean greens and chop them up. So much salad energy needs to be mustered when I need to start with dirty greens.
How does the Vejibag operate? You wet the bag and wring out the water. The bag will be damp. Next you wash your greens or vegetables and shake off the excess water, but you do not need to dry your vegetables. Place the vegetables in the Vejibag and put it into the refrigerator. Every few days, sprinkle the outside of the bag with fresh water to keep the bag damp.
Herbs are best stored in the Vejibag without washing first, just wash them as you use them.
You clean your Vejibags by turning them inside out and laundering them. Seems simple enough.
Use Vejibags for Artichokes, Asparagas, Arugula, Beets, Beet greens, Broccoli, Brussels Sprouts, Cabbage, Carrots, Cauliflower, Celery, Celeriac, Chard, Collards, Cucumber, Eggplant, Fennel, Green beans, Kale, Lettuce, Leeks, Parsnips, Peas, Peppers (don’t wash, just put in damp bag), Radishes, Rhubarb, Spinach, Scallions, Turnips, Zucchini and bulk salad greens.
One bag just isn't enough. I'm ordering more. Just for my salad greens. I'm not so sure I would want to store all of my vegetables in these bags, even if it is a superior method of storage, simply because they aren't see though and it might get kind of confusing and frustrating wading through twenty bags just to get what I am looking for. I also tend to forget what I have, especially if it's not visible. But I would like to have enough to keep all of my clean salad greens fresh and crisp.
As for my spinach? It's doing beautifully in my Vejibag!
And now for the giveaway details . . .
Leave a comment, answering the following questions:
What's your favorite vegetable? Was it "always" your favorite or did you "discover" it recently? What's your favorite way to prepare it?
I will pick one winner at random and announce the winner on Monday, May 13th. Contest closes this Saturday evening, May 11th at midnight PST. Be careful, if you win, you might become addicted and just may need to buy more Vejibags!