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Fresh food means Better food #GladChallenge

Loreto June 21, 2016

[This post is sponsored by Glad food challenge. We’ve used their food protection products to show you how to keep your foods fresher and more tasty.]

Fresh food is so important in our day and age of organic foods, local producers and healthier lifestyles. Fresh food means Better Food. And Glad rose to the challenge.

Fresh Food means better Food

I would have to say that fresh food: produce, baked goods, leftovers etc, means the world to us, so when we were approached by Glad to try some of their food storage products claiming to keep things fresh and more organized in the fridge, we jumped at the opportunity.

 

 

In our household we very seldom have freezers full of goods stocked for months. We really enjoy  local organic fresh food, and most of all trying to use up all the things that are perishable in the fridge and not having any fresh food wasted. This has become a mantra of ours, waste not want not!

So with all that being said we were very excited to work with Glad using their latest food storage products such as cling wrap, press and seal, soup and salad containers, freezer bags, and freezer ware, and seeing if they truly keep our fresh food fresh.

fresher food better food

The first test was to freeze some of the 18 mini muffins Nicoletta had made, delicious oat chocolate chip muffins, moist on the inside and a nice crust to the outside. We decided to use the Glad zip lock freezer bag. After the muffins had cooled we placed a few in each bag and put them in the freezer.  Over a week had past and we took a couple out to have for breakfast. We placed them on a cookie sheet and heated them up in the oven at around 350 degrees F. I have to say the muffins tasted as if they were freshly baked, the flavor, crispiness and moistness of the muffin preserved in the bag. Amazing, and even weeks later we still have a few and have been eating them and still surprised at how fresh they taste. The first of the fresh food challenge and a point goes on the score board.

fresher food better food

Our next challenge was the It’s a Wrap challenge. We chose rhubarb hand picked from the garden, vibrant in color, nice and fresh, firm and aromatic. A nice wrapping of cling wrap and into the fridge it goes leaving one stalk out just to see the difference. Well we have a wonderful strawberry rhubarb pie coming up in a future post and these colorful and vibrant stalks of rhubarb are going to be put to good use in this recipe. After around 6 days and pie dough nice and firm and chilled in the fridge, the unwrapping begins revealing that the rhubarb remained crisp and firm, colorful and vibrant. The stalk left out and only put into the fruit box in the fridge was wilted, soft, had lost some color, a very limp sorry affair. We are amazed at how this Glad cling wrap works at keeping things fresh. Definitely a commodity that will be appearing on our shelves again. Say goodbye to no name, cheap brands, we have been converted. Glad keeps fresh food fresh.

fresher food better food

The strawberries were put in the soup and salad container and have been in the fridge for quite a few days and once again Glad has rose to the challenge and shown us that their products are truly what they say they are. Fresh food preservers.

fresher food better food

I would say that our next challenge closed the deal. We purchased some beautiful mixed greens from our local Old Strathcona Farmers Market. We washed it and spun it and placed it in the salad container. We have been eating it  for two weeks and even today it is fresh and crisp and no appearance of brown edges, rusting, nothing, and it tastes wonderful, talk about fresh food. We used the salad in a future recipe featuring grilled Portobellini mushrooms and I am telling you the greens were fresh crisp full of flavor, truly an amazing product that Glad has designed here.

The last of our tasks was to try the press and seal product. I kinda like this one. It really sticks to itself, the way it cuts and how it form fits the produce you are preserving. We used an avocado. Everyone knows that avocados turn brown very quickly after cutting them open. So we wrapped one half with the press and seal and the other half with nothing. Into the fridge they went and the half uncovered turned brown right away, the one wrapped in the glad press and seal lasted quite a few days. We found it a bit brown on the face but once we cut that away the avocado was nice and green and creamy good.

Another recipe that will be  coming in the near future would be a bean burrito. I had made a slow cooker chili and as you know it never comes without a little leftover. Some went to my daughter Alexa, and the rest into a glad freezer container. Can’t wait to taste that chili again but in the burrito form. I am sure the Glad container will do its thing and keep the flavors and content fresh.

Fresh Food means better Food

When we received our package from Glad, it came with a lot of great information on food storage in the fridge. Things like what veggies and fruit to store together, what area of the fridge is best to store different product. We have learned so many great hints at keeping our food fresh and our fridge organised and we are seeing a great difference in the foods we eat.

Thanks to Glad and their work with Registered Dietitian Abbey Sharp for their  work:

Welcome to Food Storage and Organization 101!

Bell tolls……. class begins!

The first thing we have to understand is that there are two groups of fruit and vegetables:

Ethylene Sensitive foods: carrots, leafy greens, broccoli, potatoes, summer squash, green beans, cucumbers, apples,  and watermelon.

Ethylene producing foods: Avocado, bananas, kiwis, pears, plums, peaches, and tomatoes.

It is important to store your foods based on their ethylene sensitivity, as ethylene gas speeds up the ripening time of some fruits and vegetables.

Also remember to take out rotten fruits or vegetables in the fridge as they will infect the other produce close to it.

Do’s – Proper food storage:

Don’t keep onions and tomatoes in the fridge,  place them in a cool dry place. 

Keep pears, peaches, kiwis,  apricots, melons, avocados, and bananas on the counter until they are ripe, then move them to the fridge.

The Glad freezer or storage bags are great for salad greens and fresh herbs. Just have a bit of air in the bag and a small piece of paper towel.

As far as any citrus fruits,  it can be stored up to a week in a cool dry place, away from any sunlight. Or you could store it for a longer period in a Glad bag.

Best results for celery is to wrap it in press and seal, or cling wrap.

Do not wash all of your berries. Wash a bit a time  at as you are eating them.  The water causes mold to form when stored after washing.

Last but not least, store your fruit and vegetables in a clear plastic containers so you can see what you  have.

Properly storing foods in the fridge:

Upper shelves:

Leftovers, drinks, ready to eat foods like yogurt, cheese, and deli meats.

Lower shelves:

Raw vegetables that you will use for cooked dishes.

Door:

The door is the warmest part because it is always opening and closing. Keep condiments that have a lot of preservatives like salt or sugar, don’t put eggs or milk here!

Raw meat should be kept in an extra container to catch any drips or spills.

That’s all we have on food storage.

Class dismissed!

It has been a pleasure working with Glad and  all their great products, if seeing is believing then next time you’re in your favorite shopping market try some of the Glad food storage products, we did and were pleasantly surprised, and I am sure you will too.

Ciao for now from Sugarlovespices!

This post is sponsored by GLAD-LOGO2but all opinions are our own. We love this brand and the quality of its products. Thank you for supporting the brands that support SugarLoveSpices.]

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8 Comments

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    Reply karrie @ Tasty Ever After June 21, 2016 at 2:21 pm

    I love glad products and use them always. The freezer bags and regular glad wrap are the best! Love all your tips too Loreto 🙂

    • Loreto
      Reply Loreto June 23, 2016 at 4:59 pm

      Thank you Karrie. Thank goodness for these products, makes us feel a lot better about what we are eating. I loved the tips on food storage in the fridge, always a student I am.
      Have a great week.
      Loreto

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    Reply Demeter | Beaming Baker June 23, 2016 at 6:53 am

    I completely agree that fresh food means better food. But that can definitely be a challenge when you can’t run to the farmer’s market everyday. So when you have these fresh storage solutions, it just saves the day! I really enjoyed the challenge you two held. Especially the class part. I mean, this line says it all: “Bell tolls……. class begins!” So funny and fun! Thanks for sharing such an informative post! Have a wonderful weekend, you two. xo

    • Loreto
      Reply Loreto June 23, 2016 at 4:58 pm

      Thank you so much Demeter. This post was a lot of fun to do, and we are so grateful that Glad gave us this opportunity. Lets here it for fresh alternatives!
      Have a great day Demeter.
      Loreto out.

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    Reply Alexa June 23, 2016 at 11:29 pm

    The chill in my glad press and seal tasted fresh! I’m glad for glad so that I get to taste all your dishes days later as if they were fresh! 🙂

    • Loreto
      Reply Loreto June 25, 2016 at 10:54 am

      Hi Alexa Thank you, We love cooking for you and knowing some of your meals are covered.
      Love
      Dad

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    Reply Sebastian Wijaya July 4, 2016 at 12:44 am

    hiii… Loreto and Nicoletta, I love your article SugarLoveSpecies!!!!
    I totally agree with you people and thankyou for sharing this beautiful ideas with us that teaches me alot…
    fresh food that is not preserved by canning or dehydration or freezing.we truly believe fresh is best, when it comes to food. We deliver the freshest, most mouth-watering balanced meals, direct to your door. By fresh we’re talking no added nasties like preservatives and colourings. Eating fresh food means eating well.
    Great work!!!!

    • Loreto
      Reply Loreto July 4, 2016 at 5:35 am

      Thank you Sebastian, this challenge was a lot of fun to do with vast amounts of learning along the way. We are so please that people are reading the post and learning what we did, it was great info by glad. That is great that you have a food business delivering great balanced meals to door steps, and making it with fresh ingredients is all the better.
      Have a great day!
      Loreto

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