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A KitchenAid Produce Preserver Giveaway!

Roasted red pepper soup on eatlivetravelwrite.com Disclosure: KitchenAid Canada provided me with a Produce Preserver kit and a grocery gift card so I could stock up on fresh produce and have compensated me for writing this post but all opinions are my own.

Let’s chat a little bit about food waste. And in particular, produce.  How many of you knew that forty-five percent of Canadians frequently throw away lettuce? I am part of that group although I have been trying to be better about using up my wilting greens, like in soups…   And how many of you frequently throw away brown bananas?  You might remember from my post about using up bananas on their last legs to make banana bread that according to a recent study commissioned by the KitchenAid brand* the average Canadian spends around $40.80 per week on fresh produce but will throw out close to 10% of these purchases – that’s a lot of uneaten fruits and vegetables going to waste each year.

And what about the other produce that Canadians throw out frequently?   Would you be surprised to know that alongside lettuce, tomatoes, bananas, grapes and celery are the items at the top of the “Most Frequently Thrown Away” list in Canadian households?  Probably not (if you are being honest!).  But what a lot of Canadians don’t realise is that they are unwittingly shortening the lifespan of their produce by not storing it correctly.  Produce like apples and green onions emit ethylene gas (which speeds up the ripening process) and they should be stored separately from other produce like spinach and yams which are sensitive to ethylene gas.  Who knew?  Not  thirty-nine per cent of respondents in the KitchenAid Fresh Facts survey.

If you’re not lucky enough to own one of the select KitchenAid® refrigerators which offer the Preserva® Food Care System, I’m pleased to tell you that the  KitchenAid Produce Preserver Kit (now available in Canada) will do an excellent job of helping keep your produce fresher longer.

Produce Preserver Starter KitThe Preserver Kit ($16.99 for a starter kit) is a small cartridge that attaches to any refrigerator crisper which will absorb the ethylene so produce stays fresher up to 4 days longer – over the past few months of experimenting, I have definitely noticed my produce staying fresher for much longer.   I’ve been trying to store the ethylene-producing and ethylene-sensitive produce apart (here’s a chart which explains the difference) AND my fridge  has separate humidity controls in each of the crisper bins (fruit and vegetables with skins should be stored in a low humidity crisper and fresh, leafy vegetables in a high humidity crisper) so I am sure this is all helping my produce last longer.  The Produce Preserver refill kits retail at $11.99  – for when your Keep Fresh pack needs replacing (approximately every six months but the indicator will tell you when – mine has lasted longer than six months).  I’ve been very impressed with my kit overall although there are still items I find myself scrambling to use before they go bad.

Like when I found myself with a recent glut of red peppers… And when life presents you with too many peppers, I say roast them and make a soup!

A KitchenAid Produce Preserver Giveaway!

Prep Time 45 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Total Time 1 hr 15 mins

A simple roasted red pepper soup.

Serves 4     adjust servings

Ingredients

  • 3 red peppers, roasted
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 onion, roughly chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 litre vegetable or chicken broth
  • salt and pepper, to taste

Instructions

  1. Roast the red peppers:
  2. Preheat the oven to 425˚F for about 45 minutes, turning the peppers every 10 minutes so that they roast/ blacken evenly all around.
  3. When the peppers are roasted, remove them from the oven, place then in a covered container so that steam forms and the pepper skins slide easily off (you can leave them until they are cool enough to handle or even refrigerate overnight).
  4. Remove the pepper skins and seeds and chop the peppers roughly.
  5. Heat the oil in a large saucepan over medium-high heat.
  6. Add the onion and garlic and sauté for a few minutes until the onion is translucent and soft.
  7. Add the peppers and cook a few more minutes, stirring to coat the peppers well with the onion mixture.
  8. Add the broth, increase the heat and bring to a simmer.
  9. Reduce the heat, cover and cook for about 15 minutes until all the vegetables are very soft.
  10. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
  11. Use an immersion blender to purée the soup.
  12. If you like a thicker soup, you can add a dollop of sour cream or plain Greek yogurt to each bowl.

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A KitchenAid Produce Preserver giveaway!

KitchenAid Canada  is offering one lucky eat. live. travel. write. reader (in Canada) the chance to win a KitchenAid Produce Preserver Starter Kit and a $50 grocery gift card to spend on fresh produce!

How to enter:

There are 2 ways to enter (maximum of two entries per person for the duration of the contest).

1. Leave a comment on this post telling me the produce you always find yourself scrambling to use up.
2. Tweet the following message: Enter to win a #ProducePreserver from @KitchenAid_CA + a $50 gift card on @eatlivtravwrite ! Details: http://bit.ly/1Cmc9BC

then come back to leave a second comment letting me know you did.

Eligibility and contest rules:

– Open to Canadian readers only.
– No purchase of any product necessary for entry.
– Winner will be chosen randomly (using www.random.org) from all qualified entries on Wednesday October 1st 2014 after 6pm EST.
– Winner will be notified via email Thursday October 2nd 2014.

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Congrats Rebby who won my Second Cup Canada giveaway – I’ve sent you an email!

 

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69 Responses to A KitchenAid Produce Preserver Giveaway!

  1. margarita September 25, 2014 at 07:49 #

    avocados, I like them , I buy them a lot, and sometimes they get ripe at the same time, so is time to do something , usually masive amounts of guacamole . any other ideas, ???

  2. margarita September 25, 2014 at 07:49 #

    I tweet Enter to win a #ProducePreserver from @KitchenAid_CA + a $50 gift card on @eatlivtravwrite ! Details: http://bit.ly/1Cmc9BC thanks

  3. Brenda Penton September 25, 2014 at 08:09 #

    Lettuce. We eat a lot of salad and I’d wish it would last longer so I don’t have to stop in the store every couple days.

  4. Brenda Penton September 25, 2014 at 08:11 #

    I’ve tweeted: https://twitter.com/NewfieChic/status/515111057392951296

  5. Christine September 25, 2014 at 08:33 #

    This week there was red, orange, yellow peppers, mushrooms and sweet onions……….. This then became a Chilly :). And delish it was!
    Usually its potatoes but with the chillier weather coming this will work out fine to make “Beef Stew”.

  6. Amy Heffernan September 25, 2014 at 08:44 #

    We are ALWAYS scrambling to use up the Green Onion! I find it goes SO fast!!
    Thanks!

  7. BlessedTA September 25, 2014 at 08:47 #

    https://twitter.com/blessedta/status/515120418957824000

  8. BlessedTA September 25, 2014 at 08:48 #

    Avocado

  9. Mark V. September 25, 2014 at 08:52 #

    I never seem to use up all my celery before it fully wilts.

  10. Lori Jackson September 25, 2014 at 09:26 #

    Completed both steps!

    https://twitter.com/lorinmario/status/515129895048204288

  11. Lori Jackson September 25, 2014 at 09:26 #

    I always find it hard using up all my cilantro. They sell it in such a huge bunch and never use all of it.

  12. Kathryn September 25, 2014 at 09:27 #

    I think, for the most part, I throw away salad stuff — lettuce, red peppers, celery, sometimes mushrooms. Always makes me unhappy to throw away food. 🙁 Looks like a great product.

  13. Kathryn September 25, 2014 at 09:32 #

    tweeted @kathyrun

  14. Stephanie September 25, 2014 at 09:50 #

    I always scramble to use up lettuce… as the only person who eats it in the household it’s hard to go through a full head of romaine before it goes bad.

  15. Priscilla September 25, 2014 at 10:07 #

    i just tweeted: Enter to win a #ProducePreserver from @KitchenAid_CA + a $50 gift card on @eatlivtravwrite ! Details: http://bit.ly/1Cmc9BC 🙂

  16. Priscilla September 25, 2014 at 10:09 #

    i just tweeted: Enter to win a #ProducePreserver from @KitchenAid_CA + a $50 gift card on @eatlivtravwrite ! Details: http://bit.ly/1Cmc9BC

  17. Charlene A. September 25, 2014 at 10:19 #

    I can never use up lettuce or fresh herbs fast enough. I hate wasting and throwing out food, so I’d love to win this product 🙂

  18. Russel September 25, 2014 at 10:22 #

    @canucklehead74 Enter to win a #ProducePreserver from @KitchenAid_CA + a $50 gift card on @eatlivtravwrite ! Details: http://bit.ly/1Cmc9BC

  19. Charlene A. September 25, 2014 at 10:28 #

    I tweeted @charlalotta

  20. Lana Hood September 25, 2014 at 10:31 #

    I usually struggle to use up lettuce for some reason. Could really use this product!

  21. Lana Hood September 25, 2014 at 10:33 #

    I have tweeted the link under @PrairiePearl on Twitter.

  22. lucy September 25, 2014 at 11:30 #

    I tweeted: https://twitter.com/verycutekitties/status/515161228302635008

  23. lori b September 25, 2014 at 11:48 #

    i find that I am always needing to use up lettuce as well

  24. lori b September 25, 2014 at 11:48 #

    i have tweeted https://twitter.com/Loributler5/status/515165741910597632

  25. Glogirl September 25, 2014 at 13:48 #

    I find that broccoli doesn’t get used up fast enough in my household and then it starts to turn a yellowish colour.

  26. Glogirl September 25, 2014 at 13:49 #

    Tweet~ http://twitter.com/glogirl3/status/515196288682700800

  27. Angela September 25, 2014 at 15:37 #

    I always have a hard time using up the avacado I buy. I buy it when they’re still hard, and then all of a sudden they’re soft and need to be used up that day, and the next day they’re bad.

  28. Angela September 25, 2014 at 15:37 #

    My tweet https://twitter.com/anzhie_luv/status/515223583618920448

  29. Leanne Parker September 25, 2014 at 15:55 #

    I’m never able to use up my lettuce and peppers before they start going bad.

  30. Maggie K. September 25, 2014 at 17:03 #

    Celery. My husband buys it and I don’t always remember to cook with it since I didn’t grow up eating it.

  31. Carol M September 25, 2014 at 19:23 #

    Celery & lettuce.

  32. Carol M September 25, 2014 at 19:25 #

    I tweeted https://twitter.com/carollushka/status/515280851027128320

  33. Jonnie September 25, 2014 at 19:48 #

    I’m always scrambling to use up cucumbers before they become mushy

  34. Jonnie September 25, 2014 at 19:50 #

    tweeted
    https://twitter.com/edmontonjb/status/515287039319617537

  35. Lisa Neutel September 25, 2014 at 19:52 #

    I am always using up my romaine lettuce before it goes bad

  36. Lisa Neutel September 25, 2014 at 19:53 #

    https://twitter.com/neutkidz/status/515287945499402240

  37. angela m September 25, 2014 at 19:57 #

    Always trying to use up celery or green peppers.
    thanks
    flower_child_23(at)Hotmail(dot)com

  38. angela m September 25, 2014 at 19:58 #

    tweet
    https://twitter.com/flower_child_23/status/515289090636656640

  39. Karla Sceviour September 25, 2014 at 21:27 #

    Lettuce! I am the only one that eats it,so always trying to get it gone before it goes bad.

  40. Karla Sceviour September 25, 2014 at 21:28 #

    I tweeted also
    https://twitter.com/ksceviour/status/515311348813922305

  41. Kristine Ewald September 26, 2014 at 00:01 #

    Avacado

  42. Rebby September 26, 2014 at 01:15 #

    There are so many things, but spinach and green peppers always go bad first!

  43. Rebby September 26, 2014 at 01:16 #

    Tweeted! https://twitter.com/RebTheCatSitter/status/515369215722020864

  44. Jane Reid September 26, 2014 at 10:00 #

    With 6 of us all striving to eat a rainbow a day my fridge is packed to the rafters with produce. I think soft fruits are the things I waste most.

  45. Jane Reid September 26, 2014 at 10:02 #

    https://twitter.com/MushypeaJane/status/515501402811297792 tweeted @MushypeaJane

  46. nicolthepickle September 26, 2014 at 13:58 #

    I’m really bad at eating bananas up.

  47. nicolthepickle September 26, 2014 at 13:59 #

    https://twitter.com/Nicolthepickle/status/515561303297904640 tweeted

  48. KittyPride September 26, 2014 at 14:50 #

    Lettuce and cucumbers seem to go off quickly, could really use a KitchenAid produce preserver

  49. Andrea Amy September 26, 2014 at 18:22 #

    depends on the week (whether the kids have had a high fruit craving week or not) but common ones for us are tomatoes, strawberries, broccoli and cucumber 🙂

  50. Andrea Amy September 26, 2014 at 18:22 #

    https://twitter.com/mommy2fiveboys/status/515627199165382656
    tweeted 🙂
    thanks for the chance!!

  51. Sara rai September 26, 2014 at 23:49 #

    I would have to say avocado:)

  52. Sara rai September 26, 2014 at 23:50 #

    I tweeted. Thanks:)

  53. Bailey Dexter September 27, 2014 at 19:23 #

    I tweeted!

  54. Amber Y September 27, 2014 at 22:25 #

    Avacados, tomatoes and any herb i’ve ever picked up. I know there are so many uses but i always find myself in a pickle so to speak. For me making soup out of any veggies on there way out always works out pretty well.

  55. Amber Y September 27, 2014 at 22:25 #

    also i tweeted: https://twitter.com/aly3360/status/516051059278897152

  56. Andrew P September 28, 2014 at 23:18 #

    I would have to say Lettuce and Celery

  57. Andrew P September 28, 2014 at 23:19 #

    Tweeted @ https://twitter.com/apham17/status/516426905436684289

  58. maria September 29, 2014 at 00:17 #

    Lettuce!

  59. Charlie September 29, 2014 at 13:29 #

    Mine is the leafy vegetables.
    I shop once a month, so it is hard to use up everything before it goes bad.
    The leafy vegetables seem to go bad the fastest.

  60. SUMMER PLEWES September 29, 2014 at 14:24 #

    LETTUCE! I love salad but am never using up all my lettuce. constant pain.

  61. SUMMER PLEWES September 29, 2014 at 14:26 #

    tweeted ! https://twitter.com/missplewes/status/516655140846469121

  62. peachie September 29, 2014 at 16:44 #

    Celery! It seems I’m only one who likes eating it. Always buy more than needed and have to find ways to keep it fresh.

  63. peachie September 29, 2014 at 16:44 #

    I tweeted

  64. YASMIN HALL September 29, 2014 at 17:43 #

    I find that red peppers and cucumber go off very fast in my fridge, I sure would love them to last a little longer. : )

  65. YASMIN HALL September 29, 2014 at 17:47 #

    Tweeted! : )

  66. Angie September 30, 2014 at 22:48 #

    I find that cucumbers go bad quickly in my fridge

  67. Amy C October 1, 2014 at 01:50 #

    Tomatoes and spinach are always last to get eaten.

  68. Amy C October 1, 2014 at 01:51 #

    tweeted
    https://twitter.com/Butterfly_012/status/517189929122533376
    @butterfly_012

  69. jan October 2, 2014 at 22:19 #

    celery if I purchase the whole thing rather than buy just sticks

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