Recession Mama

{May 17, 2009}   GUEST POST: Saving Greens

Katy sez: My friend Jennifer is a comedian/writer in Los Angeles. This is how she describes herself:

Jennifer Eolin started being creative at the tender age of 6 months. A victim of nepotism, her Dad cast her in a local grocery store commercial. Her part was easy. Just ride in the shopping cart and look ordinary. Jennifer instead made the choice to fall out of her seat and hit her head, thus halting production and pulling focus from the lead actress (who happened to be her mother). A diva was born.

Speaking of grocery stores…Jennifer wrote about a product that would help all of us save some green on her blog, The New Old Biddy.

I asked her to re-purpose it for us here.

This would make Grandma very proud…by Jennifer Eolin:

My grandmother was a whiz-bang at memorizing produce prices. She’d read the newspaper and then you could quiz her about the price of any given vegetable or fruit at the different grocery stores in the area and she would answer with 99.9% accuracy. And to compound this, if lettuce was 5 cents cheaper a head in the next town over, she’d make Grandpa drive their Cadillac over there so she could buy it there. Even if it was the only thing she had to get there, “Broccoli is 2 cents cheaper at Wegman’s!” (We dared not tell them that they probably lost their savings in gas… It was quieter that way.) So while my grandmother would plan her whole day around her produce purchases, I avoided it like Fox News avoids the truth (HEY-OO!). Not because of taste (except for cauliflower – blech!), but because I live alone and the stuff goes bad within 2 days of purchase. And I constantly fall into the trap of, “Wow, tomatoes look great in the store!” So I buy them. Then the next day I’m all, “Wow, I don’t feel like tomatoes today.” So they stay in the fridge instead of coming to work with me for lunch. Then a few days later I’ll say, “I could go for tomatoes—EWWWW! GA-ROSSS! WHY DOES IT HAVE TWO HEADS?!” And into the trash they go. Along with the money they cost me. Phooey. While I avoid buying produce, I DO buy every As Seen on TV product I can get my hands on. So imagine my happy fists when I saw this little item beckoning me at my local CVS:

Green bagsOH HAPPY DAY!

However, I was wary and kept my happy fists to only two shakes instead of their usual fit. After all, I’d been duped before. I’ve renamed the Sham-Wow the Sham-Bullshit. It doesn’t soak up anything other than my dignity and remaining self esteem. And $19.99. (Stupid hooker beater dude is also a liar. Go figure.) But in a quest to not throw my blueberries away constantly (why does that sound dirty?!), I bought Debbie Meyer’s Green Bags (and why does that sound even dirtier??). And low and behold…. THEY WORK. Honestly, they do. I have tomatoes that are over a week old from Trader Joe’s (you know, the kind that you buy and they are already half rotten by the time you get them home). I have week old blueberries that haven’t shriveled up like Papa Smurf’s man-junk yet. I have bell peppers and grapes that are still edible and don’t look like biology experiments! IT’S A MODERN MIRACLE!!! These bags WORK! So in honor of my grandma, I’m passing along my good find in hopes that Debbie Meyer’s Green bags will help keep your produce happy and non-mulchy. But if you drive to the next town to save five cents, I’m sorry, but you’re on your own as I don’t know an As Seen on TV product that will help you there. I’ll just send you the five cents, how ’bout that?


Katy says:

I think I need this product. I’m always throwing away grocery items, and in this recession, I can’t afford to anymore! I also can’t believe Sham Wow is a sham. The guy in the commercial makes me want to buy up a year’s supply every time he’s on the air giving his demonstration. I especially like it when he’s miraculously soaking up wine in light colored carpet and there’s nothing underneath the carpet when he’s done.

Lydia says:

Here’s another tip for saving produce, like lettuce, tomatoes, etc. – when you get them home from the store, fill your sink with salt water and let it soak for a while. With leaf lettuce, separate all the leaves (you can store it later in a gallon ziplock with a paper towel or two). Then rinse and let dry on some paper towels or clean kitchen towels, then store in the fridge. You will be amazed how much dirt comes off of lettuce! How much dirt have I eaten over the years?!? Oh well, extra minerals in my diet….. This really does help prolong the shelf life of your veggies. The downside is you have to deal with the veggies when you get home from the store instead of just sticking them in the fridge. (All credit for this idea goes to my mom.)

Carla says:

(I don’t know where my other comment just went!) Anyway, thanks to Jennifer for this guest post today. I’ll check out the bags…bc today I did toss out a few nasty veggies that had gone a little (ok a lot) past their prime. And Lydia, thanks to you and your mom for this tip! I can’t wait to hear more. : )

Heather B says:

I need these bags stat! My kids will stop making “icky” comments when I put “iffy” fruit on their plates. I love your grandma Jennifer! I bet she could put her talent to use on the stock market.

Seriously – you can’t go wrong with these bags. My grocery bills are literally so much lower because I’m not replacing produce that I didn’t get to in time. Really love them for blueberries and tomatoes best. They live forever!

Grandma would never play the stock market. She would have been against the fees. šŸ˜‰

j says:

I was curious about these bags, but I usually eat my produce (in varying quantities depending on how much left and time left before rotting) since I refuse to see them tossed. These might spare me last minute quasi fresh produce binges. Must investigate, for anything that can prevent papa smurf’s jewels from appearing in my fridge sounds good to me!

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