Save Greens and Reduce Food Waste with This Kitchen Tool

OXO Greensaver Herb Keeper with herbs inside of it
Photo: Kimberly Suddeath, RDN

Product reviewed: OXO Greensaver Herb Keeper

Food waste is a huge issue in our world today. According to the Food and Agriculture Organization, approximately one third of food produced for human consumption is wasted. In my own kitchen, I’m always looking for clever ways to prevent waste and stretch produce as far as it will go. By far, my biggest challenge when it comes to saving produce is greens. I’m talking about herbs, leafy greens and lettuces. They can go bad quickly if they’re not properly stored.

That’s why I’m so glad I found out about the OXO Greensaver Herb Keeper. It acts as a storage container for herbs, keeping them fresh and crisp. The way it does this is by controlling three things: airflow, humidity and hydration. To get the right airflow, the herbs stand upright in a basket that nests inside the main container, which prevents them from lying flat like they normally would in other containers. The humidity is controlled by the storage lid, and the herbs stay hydrated by water that is added to the bottom of the container. Genius!

My herbs did so much better in this container versus a plastic grocery store bag. In a bag, they usually start turning brown within a few days, and with the Greensaver, they lasted a week or longer. Cilantro and parsley are the two herbs I’ve had a chance to try in this kitchen tool, and I can’t wait to try more. I also found this to be helpful in storing chopped lettuce. The lettuce greens were crisper and stayed fresh longer. I buy herbs and lettuce every week, so this is going to make a big difference in the amount of greens I waste. And one of the best parts is the easy clean up — all the Greensaver parts are dishwasher safe, so there’s no extra hassle involved.

If you also buy greens regularly, I highly recommend getting one of these.  It will make a huge difference in the quality and shelf life of your herbs, lettuce and more so you can say goodbye to sad and limp greens!

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Kim Suddeath, MS, RDN, LDN, is the founder of Simple Natural Nutrition, an online nutrition consulting practice. She blogs at simplenaturalnutrition.com. Follow her on Instagram and Facebook.