I must admit that when Sally Erickson emailed me sometime back, asking to send me a new product she’d come up with, the vigibag, I was kinda like, “Yea, Ok…whatever. Knock yourself out. Send me one.”
Then it got here and sat around until she emailed a follow-up. Then it sat around some more. Precisely because of how vejis get bad quickly in the fridge, I usually try to buy just enough for the dish—and what doesn’t get used in a day or two gets tossed.
Then I made my Lentil & Sausage Soup about a month ago and ended up with quite a bit of leftover celery carrot, onion, etc. I tossed ’em all in the vejibag per the simple instruction. Get it soaking wet, wring it out like a washcloth, wet your vejis, shake ’em off, put them in and pop it in the fridge.
I like that you can buy carrots individually rather than in a bunch. That way, I can usually get just what I need. I hate buying celery because I never need a whole bunch and it takes like 2 days before what’s left is limp rubber.
So then, more than 2 weeks later I made my Green Chili & Beans from this post and guess what I remembered? My two-week-old celery, carrots, onion and even 2/3 of a tomato I’d put in some days to a week prior as a test (this would not be to eat alone or on a salad, but to cook with, just as I did). I was amazed, so was Bea, especially the celery. Still firm, crisp and snappy, just like the day I put it in. The carrots were still snappy and did not have the dryness they develop pretty quickly.
Unfortunately, I didn’t have fresh herbs to test. You know how slimy those get in just a few days. But, I’ve seen other customers report great results preserving fresh herbs. This is why I usually use dry herbs. The fresh are expensive and most gets wasted. I did have a head of romain lettuce in the thing and that worked great for shaving off portions from the end for shredded lettuce for my tacos. I didn’t even have to trim any brown shriveledness from the end.
Unfortunately, Sally doesn’t yet have an affiliate program, but is working on one. So I’m not getting anything for this, except for my own bag and the satisfaction of passing along a tip on a product I believe in. As soon as she does get a program working you can rest assured it’ll be over on the sidebar to the right.