I hate wasting food. Therefore, I shop for groceries with the week ahead in mind. I plan recipes in my head as I stroll through the stands of the farmers market. Some items can wait until the next trip, while some I know will be eaten right away. Unfortunately, this means my shopping is not a precise science. While it is rare for me to let food go bad, sometimes it does happen.
The Automatic Vacuum Sealing Food Preserver from Hammacher Schlemmer can help keep fruits and vegetables fresh a longer time. Measuring 10 inches tall by 19 inches wide by 9 inches deep, the large capacity is ideal for storing a variety of produce. Upon closing the lid, a vacuum is created at 16mbar of pressure, which is "the optimal pressure for preserving foodstuffs." The unit plugs into an AC outlet or uses 4 D-cell batteries.
Vacuum sealing technology is no mystery. Storing perishables in an airtight environment keeps microorganisms and decay at bay. Keeping fruits and vegetables fresh longer would ensure that less food goes to waste. Provided, of course, that shopping habits don't change. Just because there is a vacuum sealer in the house, doesn't mean I would have to fill it up with foods I know I might not get around to eating. That durian fruit won't last forever, you know.