UNION COUNTY, IL (KFVS) - This time of year gardeners, their families, and anyone who knows the gardener are overflowing with produce. You don't want any of those fresh fruits and vegetables to go the waste, but you can only eat so many tomatoes, squash and cucumbers.
Bluapple claims to prolong produce freshness by absorbing the gasses that make good fruits and veggies go bad, but does it work?
Shawnee High School teacher Jamie Nash-Mayberry designed a summer-time experiment to test the Bluapple, and hopefully, make her garden vegetables last longer in the crisper.
According to the Bluapple infomercial, fruits and vegetables emit ethylene gas as they age and that gas accelerates the ripening process. The small blue apple-shaped device claims to absorb that gas and extend the life of your produce.
"I think it would be great if it would make my tomatoes last even a few days longer," said Nash-Mayberry. "I really hope it works."
Nash-Mayberry set aside tomatoes, cucumbers, squash and cilantro to put the Bluapple to the test.
"I've tried to divide the vegetables so they're the same size and also the same ripeness," Nash-Mayberry said. "What I think would be most scientific way to go about this is to put some vegetables in my fridge and then we'll have a control fridge to put the other vegetables and we can see which ones last longer. The control fridge probably won't look as well as they will in the Bluapple fridge - if it works."
Nash-Mayberry kept the Bluapple group in her fridge. Carly O'Keefe took the control group to her fridge to separate the two groups for a clearer result. Both documented the daily progress of the produce.
When the two groups were brought back together 13 days later, Nash-Mayberry was surprised; but not in a good way.
"Well, it appears the Bluapple really didn't make a difference," Nash-Mayberry said. "This small tomato may be a little bit better off than the other small tomato, but the rest of them are the same, and this cucumber that was in with the Bluapple is actually worse."
Nash-Mayberry gives Bluapple one and a half stars on this Does It Work test.