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Old 09-01-2012, 06:01 PM - Thread Starter
 
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I take my own cloth bags to the grocery store, but I still use the plastic produce bags.  I hate using all these bags, especially since they're so thin, I can't really reuse them for anything else.  I've been thinking about making some cloth ones out of thin muslin, or similar material, but I have a couple of questions for those who are already using cloth produce bags. 

My first question is: How do you store your vegetables when you get home? I usually just keep the vegetables in the plastic bag when I put them in the fridge. I couldn't do this with cloth bags. Do you just put them all together in the crisper drawer?

Question number 2: Do you have any tips for making a really light weight bag? I wouldn't want the weight of the bag to add to the cost of the vegetables.


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First of all, before I forget, I noticed at Harris Teeter that their plastic produce bags now say they are 100% degradable. I think they mention sticking them in your compost, which makes sense if they degrade! (If you have HT in your area, you can read about their eco-efforts here.)

 

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My first question is: How do you store your vegetables when you get home?

 

-- Yes, I store them in the drawer after washing them, but sometimes I lay them on a towel like this. It cuts down on sweating you sometimes get in plastic bags, and it keeps the drawer cleaner. As a side note... Even though I'm a vegetarian, my husband thaws packaged meats on these towels as well just in case there's leakage.

 

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Question number 2: Do you have any tips for making a really light weight bag? I wouldn't want the weight of the bag to add to the cost of the vegetables.

 

 --I've used bags similar to these, and they never really add to the weight when there's several pieces in a bag. You can buy similar ones at stores like Whole Foods usually. I kind of inherited mine, but I could wash them right along with towels in the laundry and not worry. Etsy has lots of inspirational ideas for produce bags. You might find something easy to make yourself or even items listed within your price range.


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Thanks for the tips and all the great links!  I have so many ideas on how to make them now.


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