Vejibag: A very cool & crisp new product

Picture 2I 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.

Go check it out.

Comments

  1. gabriella kadar says:

    Any instructions on maintenance of VegiBag? Throw it in the washing machine or what?

  2. Yep Gabriella just throw it in the washing machine. If you want to really sanitize it or remove stains every once in awhile you can get instructions for environmentally friendly ways to do that using hydrogen peroxide on our website here: http://vejibag.com/about-the-bag/care/
    Enjoy! And thanks for the great review Richard! We’re working on that affiliate software! Best, Sally

  3. gabriella kadar says:

    So far, according to your website Sally, the bags can’t be shipped to Toronto.

    Seriously see if Grassroots stores will carry them, Plus the upmarket kitchen stores and Fiesta Farms (200 Christie Street, Toronto). The super upmarket stores like WholeFoods but there are also places that go for your sort of product and are not super swishy type supermarkets. Like Starsky Supermarket which has several outlets now. In Toronto we also have the big Evergreen market on Saturdays when all the hipsters and yupsters go.

    You could even do the Costco circuit. Considering the bulk purchasing of green stuff at Costco, I’m sure customers will be very interested.

    And then eventually I will be able to buy some of these for myself and my children and my office staff. I’m fed up with parsley and dill that eventually get slimy especially the dill and cilantro. The green onion survival rate sounds awesome.

  4. Paul C says:

    Can I just stick my celery and carrots in an old wet sock?

  5. Paul C:

    I suppose you can do anything with your celery and carrots you like. :)

    Try it out, though I’d certainly go with all cotton and not a poly blend. I’d still want to get a bag though.

  6. Absolutely you can stick carrots and celery in a sock but make it damp not wet and yeah, cotton would be better than poly. Lettuce, kale, brocolli…probably want something bigger than a sock. It depends on whether you get pleasure from pure utility or if you like the aesthetics of US organic cotton and a very well-made, well-designed, durable item that gives people a reasonable living doing something basically good and healthy. There’s a whole deal here. But I recycle and re-use just about everything as much as possible and there’s certainly something to be said for using used cotton socks for storing vegetables!

  7. Paul N says:

    My mother used to keep certain veggies in a damp pillow slip – always said it prevented them from sliming.

    while on the topic of non-plastic ways to store vegetables, we should also remember there are non fridge ways too;

    Saving food from the fridge

    the California cooler

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