Bluapple prolongs produce freshness – company in business since late 2009; product launched in spring 2010
I met a representative of the company at Expo West 2012 in Anaheim, CA. I decided to contact them afterwards because I was intrigued as to whether a product like this really works. The company sent me the product for my evaluation. The product comes in a packet of 2 which would be enough for a 6 month evaluation (3 months per Bluapple). I didn’t know at the time, actually till I looked at their website recently, that you can check whether the product is still effective based on the color of the granules in the packet (see FAQ page on the website to learn how to do this). That means that it may last shorter or longer then the 3 months recommended(I never did this with the first one, but I still have the 2nd one in my fridge and will check it out because the 3 months are over for the second one).
I put the product in the crisper in my fridge, as it needs to be in an enclosed space to be most effective. The goal is to continuously absorb the ethylene gas that causes the produce to spoil at an accelerated rate. Their are no chemicals whatsoever in this product. If you open up the Bluapple, the packet inside is similar to those “dessicant” packets that are put in when products are shipped to absorb moisture. Once it is no longer useful in your fridge, you can open up the packet and use the granules on your houseplants as a great fertilizer.
I did not get the results I had expected from the product, initially. I had some fresh lettuces I got at the farmers market and within 3 days some of the leaves were already spoiling. I was not impressed! I contacted the company and received a lengthy email from the owner with more information and also what else I needed to do to make it work. There are a couple of other factors that play a role in the effectiveness of this product including humidity and temperature (check out their website for more details about these other factors). I was having some issue with my fridge and that may have been the problem. I would find that the bags of lettuce in the crisper were quite wet inside. This wasn’t a good sign. I also noticed wetness in other areas of the fridge. Chances are it had nothing to do with the product, but the first go round was not effective.
The problem with my fridge wasn’t resolved for a long time and even now I still have some issues with temperature because it has been really hot where I live lately and just opening up the fridge to take out some food, the temperature rises very quickly (I have a thermometer in there to keep track, which is a good idea). I am being more conscious and trying to not have the refrigerator door open for long (it is hard though when you are trying to put away all your food from a day at the farmers market and you have to reorganize all that is already in there still and get the fresh stuff in, too – I bring home large quantities of produce as it is what I live on – I really need a larger fridge and very small freezer, but don’t believe the owner of this complex will buy one for me – wishful thinking, though :-).
The second Bluapple has reached its 3 month effectiveness and I believe it has worked better for me this time and also the was some maintenance done on the fridge within the last couple of months. I don’t see the wetness in the produce bags in the crisper or the extreme spoilage I was seeing within a few days. My other produce on the shelves (has nothing to do with the product, but rather with how well the fridge is working overall) seems to be dry, too.
Overall, I would say give this product a try as they do have a 100% money back guarantee if it doesn’t work for you within 90 days. They are very good about customer service and I appreciate the owner, Timmy, taking the time to email me to explain more about the product and other factors involved in its effectiveness.
You can read more information on this product and order directly from the company as I have included a link for their website by scrolling down on the right-side of this page under the title Blogroll.
Disclaimer: I was not sponsored to write this, but I did receive a sample of the product(s). These are strictly my opinions. I only review products that I, myself would use and purchase.