Keep your produce fresh up to 3 times longer // Fight food waste + recipes
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Evening lovelies! As I shared with you in this post from two weeks ago I have recently upgraded my fridge to a new and much fancier model – this Bosch VitaFresh one to be specific – and since I have had it for little over a month now, then I am finally able to give you guys a an update on whether or not I can recommend it.
You can read all about the fridge and its features in my post from last week + see a video tour I filmed for you guys below, but right now I want to talk about the main reason that I chose this exact model. I had a long list of requirements for my new fridge and it ticked all the boxes, but what really sold me on this particular model was the fact that it has an impressive built in VitaFresh system. The system has several functions, but most importantly it helps keeps produce fresh for up to three times longer than most other fridges on the market! Since I work with food and create recipes on a daily basis, then I always have a lot of fresh produce on hand and it can be hard for me to keep up and eat it all before it goes bad. I really hate food waste, so the fact that the fridge has built in moisture control, which helps keep the produce fresh for up to three times as long as a regular fridges without moisture control, was a major selling point for me.
For the past few weeks I have been putting the fridge to the test to see whether it is truly able to keep produce fresh up to three times longer. It can of course be a bit hard to properly test as produce sometimes keep for a very long time and other times it goes bad almost immediately without any apparent pattern – the freshness and quality of produce varies a lot and it can be hard to tell just from looking at it.
Uncertainties aside, I can tell you that I almost immediately noticed a big overall improvement in how well everything kept fresh, so I chose to really put the fridge to the test by mainly focusing on easily perishable produce like leafy greens and berries. I have way too often had to throw out spinach, raspberries etc. because it had gone bad within a day or two after I bought it – the fact that I try to buy most things organic of course doesn’t help.
As with the rest of the produce, I almost immediately noticed a difference in how long the berries and leafy greens kept fresh – there was no moldy berries or soggy greens as I usually struggle with after a couple of days in the fridge! I am particularly impressed by how well leafy greens keeps in the fridge. Because of what I do, I usually have many different types of leafy greens in my fridge and I always struggle to use it all before it goes bad, but after I got my new fridge it hasn’t been a problem whatsoever. I must admit that I was a bit skeptical when I got it, but I have a package of leafy greens that have stayed fresh for 10 days now! They usually starts to go bad efter 3-4 days (at least the organic ones), so I that is definitely a big improvement!
I can honestly say that I am so impressed by how well the VitaFresh function work and I truly hope that all fridges will incorporate these features in the future. The features make a big difference when it comes to keeping produce fresh longer, so it can be an important tool in the fight against food waste, which is a huge problem for our little planet. Approximately 1/3 of the all the food that is produced goes to waste – that is more than 1.3 billion tons of food! Food that takes up enormous resources to not only produce, but also to dispose of afterwards. It is taking a toll on our already struggling planet and it just absurd that we waste such huge amounts of food, when there are almost a billion people starving on this earth!
I always try to do my part when it comes to reducing food waste, which can sometimes lead to some quite interesting new recipes ;) Like today where I found that I had both a lot of eggs, boiled white beans, rhubarbs, raspberries, strawberries and an apple that needed to be used as they were about to go bad, so I got creative and whipped up a beyond delicious (but maybe a bit odd) breakfast – pancakes with white beans served with a summery rhubarb-raspberry-apple compote, you can find the recipe below ♥
White bean pancakes – yields 8 pancakes
2 deciliter (about 0.8 cup) boiled white beans*
4 deciliter (about 1.6 cup) rolled oats
1 deciliter (about 0.4 cup) plant milk
1 teaspoon pure vanilla powder
1 teaspoon cinnamon
2 tablespoons akacia honey
1 teaspoon baking powder
*other types of beans, e.g. butterbeans, should work fine as well
Start by adding all the ingredients to a blender and pulse until smooth. Heat a non-stick pan (I prefer to make them on high heat) and add a little coconut oil. When the oil has melted, pour a circle of the pancake batter onto the pan, and cook the pancake for about a minute or two until little bubbles start forming in the batter, then flip it and give it another minute. Continue until you have used all of the batter. I served the pancakes with freshly made warm compote (recipe below) and fresh berries, enjoy! ♥
Summery compote with rhubarbs, raspberries and apple
4 small rhubarb stalks, chopped
4 deciliter (about 1.6 cup) raspberries (frozen are fine)
1 apple, cored and chopped
1 teaspoon pure vanilla powder
2 tablespoons akacia honey
1 deciliter (about o.4 cup) water
Start by chopping the rhubarb and the cored apple into smaller pieces and then add them to a saucepan along with the rest of the ingredients. Bring it to a boil while stirring frequently and then reduce the heat and let it simmer for 20-30 minutes on medium heat. The compote is done when the rhubarb and apple have softened and you have a thick compote. Set it aside to cool a little before pouring it into a glass – you can either serve it right away or keep it in the fridge until serving. It tastes absolutely amazing both warm and cold, but I particularly love to serve it warm on pancakes or waffles – so yum! ♥