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Does It Really Work: Debbie Meyer Green Bags

DUBUQUE (KWWL) -- Spoiled produce makes for wasted money and a smelly refrigerator. A product being sold on television claims to save you money by keeping your produce fresh, but does it really work?

The Debbie Meyer Green Bags claim to make almost any fruit or vegetable last longer.

"Air is not the enemy. It's the ethylene gas that's naturally given off by produce which causes them to spoil," the television ads claim.

To test out the bags, Hy-Vee producer manager Jerry Heinze helped pick out some fruit.

The Hy-Vee produce is bagged with one group in Green Bags and a control group kept normally in a kitchen for two weeks.

Doris Gorius, the owner of Cookin' Something Up, also helped by testing some fresh produce from her garden including mushrooms and greens. Gorius does not wash the vegetables first.

"You want to not have extra moisture in there, so let's just put it in here, as is," Gorius said.

After two weeks the produce showed mixed results.

The strawberries did much better in Green Bags. The control group had shriveled spots.

The grapes also did better in Green Bags. The control group was nearly inedible.

Green Bags were better for broccoli, showing less wilting. The peaches, oranges, and apples were the same.

The bananas actually did worse in the bags, getting moldy in just a few days.

After three weeks Gorius checked on her produce.

The mushrooms did not do well in the bags.

"They are a little slimy. Oh! They smell awful!" Gorius said.

Then, on to the garden greens which turned out to be a big success.

"This is red leaf lettuce. It's beautiful!" Gorius said. "Chard is beautiful. I can't believe how well it lasted!"

The Green Bags get a B-. They're not very expensive, you can reuse them, and many of the fruits and vegetables we tested did much better in the bags, especially the

strawberries. But, the bananas and mushrooms did not.

A few Telegraph Herald reporters and photographers also tested the bags. One reporter gave the bags a "C," saying cilantro wilted quickly. A photographer gave the bags a "B," saying his bananas stayed yellow longer.

Online Reporter: Jamie Grey

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