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How to get rid of Bad Refrigerator Smells and Odors

I let some veggies rot in my refrigerator, and now there’s a really foul smell. How do I get rid of it? – MIKE S., TULSA, OK

Funny you should ask: A neighbor once gave us a fridge she’d left unplugged with rotting meat inside—so we know whereof we speak.

First: You’ve tossed the veg cadavers and used a spray cleaner, right? If not, for God’s sake, man, go do it now. If the stench stays, “use a baking soda/water paste to scrub the plastic parts,” says cleanmyspace.com’s Melissa Maker.

Still no good? Wipe shelves with lemon juice, Mayer says, then put a bowl of one of these odor-killers (listed weakest to strongest) on a shelf: vanilla extract; white vinegar; coffee grounds (what flight attendants use to de-stink vomit); baking soda;or activated charcoal from a pet store or aquarium.

If all else fails, you could fill the whole thing with balled-up newspapers, but really, it’d be easier to just buy a whole new fridge. (Trust us on this one.)

Then get a Berry-Breeze (berrybreeze.com), an ionic air filter that eats fridge odors and keeps produce fresh for weeks—a boon for both nose and wallet.

Source: mensfitness.com/life/how-get-rid-bad-refrigerator-smells-and-odors

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Extend The Life Of Your Fruits And Vegetables

One of my favorite thing about this time of year is the abundance of fresh fruits and vegetable from local farmers. I love visiting the local farm or farmers markets and stocking up on our favorite fresh fruits and vegetables. I think I eat more fruits and vegetables this time of year then I do the rest of the seasons.

The downside to stocking up on your favorite fresh produce is that you have to eat them right away or risk having them spoil in the fridge.

I’m sure it happens to most everyone – you stock your fridge full of fresh produce only to have to toss half of it away because it goes bad. Not only is that a waste of perfectly good food, it’s also a waste of money.

A few weeks ago I was sent a product that is supposed to help keep fruits and vegetable fresher for a longer amount of time in your fridge. It’s called BerryBreeze.

BerryBreeze is a small device (no taller than a can of soup) that helps to keep foods fresher for 2-3 times longer than normal.

BerryBreeze works through the use of activated oxygen. BerryBreeze helps to eliminate the pollutants in your fridge’s air, as well as neutralize bacteria and mold.  As a result it helps to
prevent premature aging of fruits, vegetables and even meats in your fridge. It even works on foods that you keep in the drawers inside your refrigerator.  BerryBreeze also improves the smell inside of your fridge. It helps your fridge to smell clean and fresh.

BerryBreeze extends the life and enhances the nutritional benefits of the food stored in your fridge so you end up wasting less food (and money!) on fruits and veggies this summer.

BerryBreeze is super easy to set up. Simply pop in four “D” size batteries, set it on the top shelf in your fridge, and that’s it. The batteries will last for about 4-6 months. There is nothing
to clean, no filters to purchase – nothing extra.

I received a BerryBreeze to review. I’m rather surprised that it was so easy to set up and that there is nothing extra to purchase (filters…).  In hindsight I should have recorded how long foods normally stay fresh in the fridge before using BerryBreeze and after using BerryBreeze. I wish I had done that to see just how much longer foods last.

I did notice that the fridge was free of any smells within a day of using BerryBreeze. I always keep my fridge clean but sometimes things in the fridge can cause odors (like leftovers). I
honestly didn’t pick up any smells from the fridge after placing BerryBreeze into it.  As far as whether or not foods lasted longer I think it was “hit or miss.” Some foods did seem to stay fresh (edible) a it longer than usual, but others didn’t seem to last any longer. I don’t know if it has to do with the food or if there is some other reason behind it. For example,  peaches seemed to stay fresher longer but our asparagus didn’t last long at all. Is it because peaches are a hearty fruit? I don’t know. The grapes we had lasted a bit longer, but I didn’t notice much difference with the carrots.

I’m going to have to test this out a little longer, maybe removing it from the fridge and recording how long things stay fresh in the fridge then replace the BerryBreeze with a new
batch of food and see if there is a difference.  If you would like to learn more about BerryBreeze please visit www.BerryBreeze.com. You can also find the brand on social media. All of the links are found on the bottom of their website.

BerryBreeze would like to give a lucky reader their own BerryBreeze to try out. Thank you BerryBreeze!

This giveaway is open to U.S. residents only and will end on Augusts 16, 2015. The winner will be chosen at random using a random number generator from all eligible entries. The
winner will be notified via email and will have three days to reply or a new winner will be chosen in their place.

*I received a free sample product in order to do this review. There was no compensation.
The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way.
Source: shescribes.com/2015/08/keep-fruits-and-vegetables-fresher-for-longerwith- berrybreeze-giveaway-ends-81615.html

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The Perfect Gift To Keep Food Fresh & Save Money

The Perfect Gift To Keep Food Fresh & Save Money: Patented FridgeFresh By BerryBreeze
Uses A Simple Solution From Nature To Reduce Household Food Waste And Keep Fruits &
Veggies Fresh Up To 3X Longer With Pure Activated Oxygen

Cost-Saving Appliance Uses Nature’s Most Powerful Purifier To Eliminate Common Bacteria That Triggers Food Decay

Wondering whether the light stays on when we close our refrigerator door is fun. Realizing what actually goes on behind closed refrigerator doors is shocking.

Consider these alarming stats: the average American family throws away some 30 to 40% of the foods they purchase because of spoilage. According to the National Resources Defense Council, that adds up to a staggering 33 million tons of food annually – hardly-good news for our pocketbook or for our environment. Indeed, food waste is a true first world problem today, with discarded food being America’s single largest contributor to methane emissions.

And let’s not forget that ordinary home refrigerators are breeding grounds for bad bacteria (up to 250,000!), harmful microbes and a veritable smorgasbord of nasty germs, viruses, mold, and odors. Under these conditions in a typical refrigerator, it’s no wonder fresh fruits and vegetables rot and spoil just days after they are purchased.

Maybe it’s best if the light stays off!

Unless, that is, you’ve just purchased or been given one of the most thoughtful and practical gifts imaginable: FridgeFresh by BerryBreeze (www.berrybreeze.com) – the ideal present for busy Moms or anyone who looking for an easier way to eat fresh without helplessly watching just-purchased food quickly go bad in the refrigerator or enduring the stressful routine of rushing to use up ingredients before they spoil.

Fridge Fresh uses a very clever weapon from Mother Nature – activated oxygen – to remove harmful pollutants and bacteria inside your refrigerator that trigger accelerated ripening and decay of fresh fruits and vegetables.

Activated oxygen is produced naturally in our atmosphere during thunderstorms when a molecule of oxygen is “activated” by the electrical charge of lightning, converting it from O2 to O3. The O3 molecule then seeks out and destroys polluting organic molecules by “oxidizing” them. Without O3, the air we breathe would become fatally toxic.

Deemed “The most exciting invention for the refrigerator in the last 100 years” by no less of an innovator than Lee Ioccoca, Fridge Fresh uses activated oxygen as nature’s most powerful purifier to create the same benefit inside your refrigerator (without the thunderstorm, of course!). This convenient and compact device, which is not much larger than a box of baking soda, releases activated oxygen in a timed sequence to remove the harmful bacteria, mold, microbes and ethylene gas that cause foods to spoil prematurely. In a newly purified oxygen-rich environment free from these elements, food stays fresh several days longer, without the need for traditional food storage containers, plastic bags, or plastic wraps.  Scientifically proven and approved by the FDA in June of 2001, activated oxygen is sanctioned as a safe and effective antimicrobial agent for use in direct contact with foods, food storage and processing. As
such, in addition to keeping food fresh for an extended period, the Fridge Fresh® device doubles as a non-toxic and safe alternative to cleaning products that use chemicals to rid your fridge of unwanted odors produced mainly by aging and decay of organic materials.
With only four “D” size batteries to operate it, and no filters to clean or absorption packs to replace, consumers can enjoy the benefits of a gift that truly keeps on giving year-round as they save up to thousands of dollars annually in wasted groceries. The handy FridgeFresh gadget maintains the optimum level of activated oxygen at all times by switching from active mode to standby mode in cycles until the batteries need replacement (usually four to six months). What’s more, Fridge Fresh by BerryBreeze is backed with a 30-day money back guarantee and a one-year manufacturer’s warranty.

Available on the www.berrybreeze.com site for only $39.98 (shipping is free) and in select retail stores, FridgeFresh can help save more than $2,000 a year in food waste and pays for itself almost in the first week or two.

Perhaps best of all, as a product which seamlessly blends technology and nature to promote better health, cost savings and a more sustainable lifestyle with less food waste and less plastic waste, FridgeFresh makes a welcome and wholly original gift for anyone with a refrigerator (in other words, just about all of us!), including friends, colleagues, new homeowners, new parents, vegans and vegetarians, raw and organic food enthusiasts, nutritionists, fitness devotees, yogis, chefs and environmentalists – all of whom will feel good about reducing their carbon footprint and saving money in the process.

Commented Kevin Brooks, CEO of FridgeFresh parent company BerryBreeze, “Giving a FridgeFresh as a gift not only means you’ve taken the time to seek out a truly thoughtful present, but that you want the people in your life to be as happy and healthy as possible. It’s truly amazing what a profound impact a single gadget can have on the lives of people everywhere. That’s why we’re not just a company but a community of believers with a passion to help people everywhere enjoy a healthier and more sustainable lifestyle.”

About FridgeFresh by BerryBreeze
FridgeFresh by BerryBreeze is a battery operated device that releases pure activated oxygen on a timed sequence to extend the life of raw fruits and vegetables up to three times longer and eliminates refrigerator odors by neutralizing common bacteria and harmful microbes that exist naturally in household refrigerators. The breakthrough Fridge Fresh technology was conceived by Dr. Lee Graham who has served on a variety of National Academy of Science committees including Nutrition and Microbiology. Dr. Graham was also featured on ABC News as one of the leading authorities on ozone and its applications in food preservation. For more information, visit www.berrybreeze.com and for a fun and descriptive video about this game-changing product, please go to: https://youtu.be/uv5cQt-D6Y4.

FridgeFresh Key Benefits Summary
• Extends life of fresh foods (up to 3X longer)
• Reduces food waste and saves money (up to $2,000 per year)
• Sanitizes your fridge (eliminates bacteria, mold, etc.)
• Maximizes nutritional value of fresh foods
• Eliminates refrigerator orders
• No maintenance

Source: thecompleteherbalguide.com/entries/everyday-solutions/the-perfect-gift-to-keep-food-fresh-savemoney/#. V4VNzZMrJTa

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New Gadget To Make A Refrigerator Smell Clean

A sort of funny meme started going around Instagram back in January, around the time many people resolved to get back to the gym and eat a healthier diet; a picture of a bag of lettuce with the caption, “should I wait two weeks or just throw this away now?” Only sort of funny because in actuality it is sad to throw away a perfectly good lettuce that has turned to wilted brown mush after sitting in the refrigerator for two weeks, untouched. Wasting food is harsh on many levels, not least of which is the pocket. A carton of strawberries, which are the canary in the refrigerator when it comes to mold and spoilage, can cost as much as $8.99 at some local markets here in Manhattan, yet their shelf life is very short; after just two days 50% of the contents are already grey and furry with mold. I have thrown away pounds of once fresh produce that has rotted inside zip lock bags, always with a heavy pang of remorse. When I learned there is a gadget that keeps fruit and veggies fresh through activated oxygen I thought I would give it a try.

When I first heard about BerryBreeze, I pictured some kind of complex creation like the fictional mad scientist Walter Bishop was famous for on FOX’s popular science fiction show, “Fringe”. It turned out I was just ignorant of the science, which is a common occurrence in nature. BerryBreeze generates activated oxygen by a method known as “corona discharge”, or electrically charged oxygen, aka ozone, which has a lifespan of only a few minutes before converting back to oxygen. Ozone is an unstable gas whose half-life is approximately 30 minutes. While stable, the third oxygen molecule fights to break free, destroying polluting organic molecules by “oxidizing” them. The third oxygen atom attaches, eliminating pollutants, effectively disinfecting microbes, yeast, fungi, molds, Ethylene gas, and deodorizing.

The BerryBreeze unit is pretty cute, actually, and looks something like a tiny droid from “Star Wars”, sitting at the back of the refrigerator, emitting an intermittent green light to let you know it is doing its thing. The real test was seeing how it worked with all the bags of veggies piled in the crisper drawers and berries stored away in plastic containers. It works with food that is enclosed or kept in drawers, but even the avocado half I left laying unwrapped on the top shelf was still pretty appetizing after two days. The real surprise was the bag of Boston lettuce that was forgotten for almost two weeks in the bottom drawer of the fridge; it was still green and yellow with no brown spots or wilting. A bunch of scallions and half a red onion were still decent looking and usable after two weeks hanging out together in the top drawer of the fridge. And the other thing that was very noticeable after about a month of use was that odors were gone. The BerryBreeze keeps cheese, yogurt, milk, and meats fresh, too.

Apparently, flatulent cows and automobiles are not the only contributors to the depletion of our planet’s ozone layer; food waste has become a worldwide epidemic that impacts all of us, with discarded food one of the country’s largest sources of methane emissions. Wasted food, discarded packaging, and even the gas used to drive back and forth to the grocery store affects our environment. In June 1997, a panel of experts convened by the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) declared ozone to be GRAS (“Generally Recognized As Safe”) for direct contact with food. In 2001, in response to a Food Additive Petition filed by the EPRI, the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved ozone for use as an antimicrobial agent for direct contact with foods, food storage and processing. Ozone is also used to treat air and water in many important applications to help purify the environment and promote better health.

BerryBreeze is particularly beneficial for those who like to juice fresh fruit and vegetables every day, and keep their ingredients cut and ready for easy access in the fridge. The process of juicing can be time-consuming, so it is easier to wash and prep the raw foods days in advance and just grab the carrots, apples, beets, celery or whatever your choice is right off the shelf and throw into the juicer. Since I placed the BerryBreeze unit in my fridge, I can now keep all the veggies loose and unpacked on the top shelf, which makes it very efficient when I am rushing to make a fresh juice drink in the morning. And here’s another handy thing about BerryBreeze, use this code, GetBerryBreeze, and readers can get $10.00 off a new unit at http://www.landing.berrybreeze.com/organic-try-30-days/.

Source: examiner.com/article/berrybreeze-is-a-handy-gadget-that-keeps-food-fresh-and-odors-away

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Clever Kitchen Product To Keep Produce Fresh

No more wilted greens in your crisper drawer.

There comes a time in everyone’s fridge when good food goes bad. No matter how devoted one might be to planning out their meals, or how much food one eats in a given week, everyone is guilty of having let fresh herbs wilt in the crisper drawer, or strawberries mold in their container hidden behind the milk.

No one is to blame really, we’re all racing against the clock that is our produce’s short life span. Luckily, there are solutions. Smart products are being made to help folks preserve their groceries (and the money they spent on them). We rounded up nine that can be helpful in ending food waste in home fridges everywhere.

• 1 Fresh Paper
These sheets, made from edible organic spices, promise to keep your produce fresh for up to two to four times longer than normal. You can use the sheets to line your crisper
drawer, to place in your box of mixed greens or under your berries. They are compostable, recyclable and biodegradable.
Get Fresh Paper for $9.99

• 2 Mastrad Onion Vegetable Keep Sack
The all-cotton storage bag can hold up to four pounds of onions and helps delay them from sprouting by keeping them out of the sunlight.
Get the Mastrad Onion Vegetable Keep Sack for $10.28

• 3 Formaticum Cheese Storage Bags
Bed, Bath
This 2-ply cheese paper allows cheese to breath while maintaining humidity to prevent cheese from drying out. It essentially recreates the environment where cheeses are stored to age.
Get the Formaticum Cheese Storage Bags for $8.99

• 4 Berry Breeze
Berry Breeze claims to fight harmful pathogens that cause your produce to decay, creating an ozone in your fridge, and allowing your fruits and veggies to last 2-3 times longer.

Get the Berry Breeze for $39.98  

• 5 Art and Cook Fresh Herb Keeper
You could freeze your fresh herbs to make sure they don’t wilt before you can use them,
or you could store them in this fresh herb keeper and enjoy them for 1-2 weeks time.
Get the Art and Cook Fresh Herb Keeper for $18.15

• 6 Bluapple
Ethylene gas is given off by fruits as a way to signal uniform ripening. However, it gets concentrated in the fridge and can cause fruits to ripen faster than they should. Bluapple soaks up the ethylene gas to prevent this from happening. Just place in the fridge. One Bluapple is good for up to three months.
Get Bluapple for $9.93

• 7 Garlic Keeper
Does your garlic always sprout before you can finish a head? That’s because you need a garlic keeper, which keeps it in a dark place like garlic needs, but still on your counter so you don’t forget about it.
Get the Garlic Keeper for $5.99

• 8 Salad Sac
The salad bag will keep your greens and veggies fresher, longer. The sac is made from a super absorbent cotton that soaks up unwanted moisture from damp lettuce or other produce. It’s also really easy to clean — just throw it in the wash.
Get the Salad Sac for $11.75

• 9 Bee’s Wrap
Bee’s Wrap
Bee’s Wrap is the sustainable solution to storing just about any of your food without having to rely on plastics. Bee’s Wrap is made from organic cotton, wax, jojoba oil and tree resin. It is reusable and compostable.
Get a 3-Pack of Bee’s Wrap for $18.00


Julie R. Thomson Senior Editor, Taste, The Huffington Post
As part of HuffPost’s “Reclaim” project, HuffPost Taste will focus the entire month of July on simple ways you can reduce food waste in your own home.

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