Please machine wash your Swags at 30c BEFORE USE as the inner layer plumps up and works much better after machine washing.
When you get your fresh produce home from the shops, we highly recommend thoroughly washing your produce with cold water or bathing in cold water with a BIG splash of vinegar (apple cider or white wine) and give them a good rub.
If possible chop off the stalks of your produce so they can breathe and hydrate better (just like cutting the ends off flowers for a vase)
FYI – ‘furry’ fruits such as peaches and apricots don’t like a long bath – they like a quick plunge and dry!
If you are not seeing two weeks of life (on average) out of your fresh produce then your Swags are either too dry or too damp. Simply play with the hydration levels.
For best results dampen your Swag with filtered water.
Dampening a clean dry Swag before you put your fresh produce into it. Make sure you dampen your Swag from the outside layer only and really wring out excess water. The inside of the Swag should be dry in parts and not noticeably wet. Too much dampness is not good for your fruit and veggies so, if you’re not seeing the results you’re expecting, then you’re probably applying too much water to your Swag.
Whenever you start to feel the outer layer dry out then it’s time to reapply water. You don’t have to take all the contents out – just sprinkle it with water from the outside. You don’t even have to take The Swag out of your fridge just sprinkle it with water over the top of The Swag. As you’re not wetting the whole Swag, you can afford to sprinkle a bit more water on The Swag so that the top flap and surrounding edges can be a little more moist than usual.
If you’re not seeing two weeks on average then your Swags are either to dry or too damp, so have a play with the hydration levels.
For best results;
– It’s best to put fruits into The Swag before they’re ripe, move the fruit from The Swag to your fruit bowl for a day or two and those fruits will then be perfect to eat.
– Fresh corn, take it out of the husk completely whilst in The Swag – corn will stay fresher longer this way.
– If you chop the dry ends off things before you put them into The Swag then they will be able to breathe and hydrate more efficiently.
– Please leave Bananas in the fruit bowl. When freezing bananas take out of the peel first. Cut melon/pineapple etc is probably best cut up and put into a container however if it’s a whole watermelon, pineapple, that is not too ripe then they’ll most likely love being in The Swag and will stay fresher for longer that way.
– Be mindful to put the harder produce at the bottom – start with carrots and then cucumbers, peppers, broccoli, apples, pears, oranges, and then start stacking some courgette’s, tomatoes, squash, avocado, then lettuce and herbs on top – it works a treat.
– The Swag works incredibly well for mushrooms however DO NOT WET The Swag for mushrooms. Just put your mushrooms into a dry Swag and into the draw of the fridge. If your mushrooms are slimy I recommend washing them thoroughly in a little bit of cold water and white vinegar. Then let them dry naturally or pat dry with a tea towel. Once dry and if you’ve managed to remove the slime, then pop them into a dry Swag and into your fridge draw.
– The Swag works incredibly well for root vegetables such as; potatoes, onions and sweet potatoes however DO NOT WET The Swag and Do NOT put it in your fridge. Put your root vegetables in a DRY Swag in your pantry… they’ll stay much fresher for longer.