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We're big fans of no-waste cooking, but sometimes you just don't need that whole lemon, onion — or pricey avocado.
Farberware Food Huggers, $10 for 4, Amazon
Farberware's new Food Huggers recently showed up on our desk, so I decided to test them out — and ever since, I've been keeping them handy in the kitchen drawer below my prep station, instead of reaching for plastic wrap.
This particular pack above comes with four sizes, to accommodate larger fruits and veggies, like tomatoes or onions, and smaller ones, like citrus (or even cucumber).
They're easy to use: Simply pop the half-cut fruit or veggie into the little silicone pod, and store in the fridge.
Bonus: The produce drawer looks a lot more organized than when there used to be a bunch of (wasteful) plastic baggies of half-used veggies in there.
In addition to keeping the fridge more organized, the huggers wrap around fruits and veggies and keep the produce from drying out.
They also fit easily on open cans — my kids eat a lot of black beans, but never an entire can at a time —so these come in handy. I also use them on mason jars, instead of those annoying ones with the metal rings.
Then, of course, there's the avocado — my favorite avo saver is still, well, the Avo Saver, a trusty gadget that's been with me for years.
Avo Saver, $12 for 2, Amazon
What I love best is its ease of use: Slap the avocado on there, and buckle it in with the easy-to-snap strap. (If I have a lime handy, I sprinkle some lime juice on the avocado for extra assurance.)
It fits snuggly, keeping air out, and avocados greener, longer. I use it constantly, and recommend the two-pack, as one will, no doubt, constantly be in the dishwasher. (One Amazon reviewer recommends keeping the extra one at work.)
Another reviewer was "shocked to find [the avocado] in perfect edible condition" after a week.
It's a deceptively simple product with a cult following.