In the last surprise box of treats from President’s Choice I got their PC Reusable Produce Bags. I had always wondered if these bags worked. My crisper is not big enough for all the produce I buy and the worst waste in the kitchen comes from food going bad.
You get 20 bags for $7.99 which seemed pretty steep to me but if it makes my food last longer, it might be a good investment.
It was quite clear right away that when it comes to bananas, these bags do help them last longer. The one issue I found though is that yes, they stayed nice and yellow but I noticed mold growing on the top and the ends of the bananas. This worried me.
Next I tested some lemons in a bag. One went bad yet the ones in the net bag I bought them in remained fine. Now that could have been a fluke but the mold on the bananas got me a little concerned that this may be an issue with the product in general.
Then I tested zucchinis which go moldy on me all the time but the bag seemed to help keep them from going bad over a long weekend. I was thrilled but confused!
I did a test with lettuce, something I always lose so quickly. I kept some in a regular product bag with paper towel, put some in a Ziploc bag and some in a PC produce bag. It was very clear that the lettuce in the regular produce bag went bad the fastest. This happened regularly with other produce as well.
What surprised me is that the Ziploc bag did just as well as the produce bag. I tried testing bananas in both bags and again, the Ziploc bag did just as well keeping bananas from going bad.
I buy shiitake mushrooms on a regular basis and always keep them in brown paper bags. These are very expensive mushrooms but for their cancer-fighting properties, are totally worth the investment. I really did not want to put them in the produce bag but in the name of product testing, I allowed it.
I left them in there for three days which would normally ruin them in a regular produce bag and they were fine. Phew!
I thought I was done all my testing when I discovered these green bags at my dollar store for two bucks. A lot cheaper! They seem to work just as well as the Ziploc and PC Reusable Bags. In fact their instructions on how to use the bags were way better.
The PC product had next to zero instructions but think about it. Can you put all produce in here? Would you store your onions in here? How about potatoes? Is this good for storing herbs which are notorious for going bad very quickly? Also, are you supposed to just fold over the top? Tie them in a knot? Just leave them open…???
These are supposed to be reusable up to ten times and I can tell you that cleaning them and making sure they are 100% dry before using them again during humid weather is a bit of an issue. Still, the PC bags have kept my celery nice and crisp and given days of shelf life to my bananas. Do they work better than dollar store green bags? Not noticeably, no.
In general, this product has me scratching my head. I have been testing it for well over six weeks and have come to no real concrete conclusions. If you really have issues with produce going bad and can afford the investment (and can’t find the cheap green bags) then I say go for it and see if the cleaning of the bags is an issue for you.
Personally, I will keep using the cheaper version once my PC produce bags end up in the recycling bin.