Food Huggers Help Keep Cut Produce and Open Containers Fresh
I think I've mentioned before that I hate buying things like plastic bags or plastic wrap just to throw it out after a short use. I'd much rather have something reusable, and it's a bonus if it's something I can toss in the dishwasher so I don't have to put any extra work into it.
So when Food Huggers ($19/set of four) got their Kickstarter funding and went into production, I figured it was worth giving them a try. They're designed to push onto the cut portion of a fruit or vegetable, keeping air out to keep the food fresh. They also work as covers for things that don't have their own lids, like glasses, open cans, or small serving bowls.
I don't end up with lot of half-used fruits and vegetables, with the exception of onions, so that seemed to be the perfect test of long-term storage. I popped a Food Hugger onto half of an onion and chucked it into the crisper to test its survival.
After a week, the onion looked almost as good as fresh, so I tossed it back into the crisper and promptly forgot about it. It was nearly two weeks later when I fished it out and checked it. The cut surface was a little dry, but the onion was still perfectly usable—not soft or mushy, like sometimes happens wrapped in plastic. And after all that time, I never smelled even a whiff of onion in the crisper.
I used the Huggers for shorter term storage of some citrus fruits, and that worked just fine, but what I thought was especially handy was snugging a Hugger onto small containers. I wouldn't use them for permanent pantry storage, but when I'm making a sauce ahead of time, I'd rather have it in its serving container. Although the Huggers are round, they're flexible enough to fit on non-round containers.
The Huggers nest together for storage and they're dishwasher safe.
About the author: Resident yeast whisperer and bread baking columnist Donna Currie also has a serious gadget habit. When her father-in-law heard about this column, he upgraded the nickname for her kitchen from "gadget world" to "gadget heaven." You can find her on her blog, Cookistry or follow her on Twitter at @dbcurrie.
Disclaimer: Testing samples were provided to Serious Eats.