What do you do with leftover lemon and onion halves or chunks of cut cucumber and zucchini when you're done cooking? Storing them in plastic food containers usually takes up excess room in the fridge, wrapping them in plastic wrap seems wasteful, and cut produce loose in the fridge dries out within days. That's why I'm intrigued by Food Huggers, a set of silicon caps that fit onto the ends of cut fruits and vegetables, creating a protective seal that the inventors say keeps them fresher longer.
Food Huggers are made of FDA grade silicone, which stretches to create a tight seal with the cut surface of a leftover piece of produce, keeping it from drying out in the refrigerator. They come in four overlapping sizes that nest together to store flat in a drawer, and they are dishwasher-, microwave- and freezer-safe, as well as BPA-free and phthalate-free. They are still just prototypes, but the Kickstarter campaign has already far exceeded its goal of $26,000.
These days we see a lot of interesting kitchen product prototypes looking for crowd-sourced funding, but Food Huggers stand out as simple gadgets that could quickly become necessities in the kitchen.
→ Check it out: Food Huggers on Kickstarter
Would you use these in your kitchen? How do you store cut fruits and vegetables?
(Image: Food Huggers)