24 Handy Produce Savers For Keeping Food Fresher For Longer
It's always a good idea to incorporate fresh fruits and vegetables into your meals. However, we know how disheartening it can be for your produce to lose its crispness and ripeness after a few days or even go bad entirely. It feels like there's no point in saving half an avocado only for it to brown the very next day. Onions, tomatoes, apples, and pears can become dehydrated, herbs and greens can wilt and lose their luscious appearance, and berries can mold a little too quickly, especially in warmer weather. Luckily, there are food storage containers built specifically to make produce last longer and preserve its freshness.
We rounded up the best produce savers on the market, so you can keep your fruits and vegetables fresh for as long as possible. Some have built-in baskets that help drain out excess moisture to prevent soggy produce, perfect for berries. Others have a water reservoir that's ideal for keeping herbs and greens hydrated and crisp. We even found reusable silicone food huggers that lengthen the lifespan of half-cut produce like avocados, lemons, onions, and more. Produce savers are an eco-friendly alternative to plastic bags, and a few of these even double as on-the-go containers, so you can use these to pack your lunch. Just note that it's best to wash the produce when you decide to eat it rather than washing and storing it in any of these containers; washing your produce before storing it in the fridge can actually lead to faster spoilage, according to the USDA.
Ready to give your produce drawer a makeover? Shop our top picks for produce savers ahead (one is even a 2023 POPSUGAR Wellness Awards winner!). Trust, your fridge will thank you.
— Additional reporting by Krista Jones
Best Food Saver For Leftover Produce
Instead of using plastic bags for leftover produce, try this set of food savers. The smart pack has eight different options for various produce sizes. Just press and wrap your leftover tomato, onion, lemon or whatever else you're preserving for an airtight seal. You can even use these on bottles and cans. It makes saving a leftover piece of food easy and more sustainable.
Produce Saver For Lemons
This little food saver pod is perfect for lemons and other citrus fruits. It keeps the air out while preserving the juiciness of the fruit, so you can store slices or a half you have yet to use. You can even use these to store other foods like dips, cut-up onions, and more.
Best Small Stackable Produce Saver Bins
Keep your fridge organized and your produce fresh with this stackable set. It comes with a small container, a medium-size container with a removable drain tray, and a larger size with two separate removable, drainable containers. Each one has a silicone seal that's airtight and can go in the fridge or freezer. These containers don't retain flavors or scents, so you can use them over and over again. Choose between blue, pink, and green.
Best Produce Saver For Cheese
From cheddar and Swiss to Colby jack and more, keep your artisanal cheese fresh with these "cheese huggers." These silicone sleeves can stretch to fit around any block of cheese or butter, but form an air-tight seal once on. With these Food Huggers, you can store your cheese standing up rather than lying down, taking up less space in your fridge. These are also dishwasher safe, reusable, and durable.
Produce Savers With Built-In Filters
OXO Greensaver Produce Keepers ($15-$23)
These food savers have built-in non-toxic activated carbon filters that help keep produce fresher for longer, plus an elevated removable basket that helps with airflow and moisture build-up. Finally, they have a vent at the top to help with humidity levels. Choose between small, medium, and large, and bundle them with dry food storage containers if your pantry needs revamping, too.
Best Easy-Access Produce Bins
Luxear Fresh Produce Vegetable Fruit Storage Containers ($40, originally $49)
This set of three produce bins is easy to take on the go, and the partitioned flip-top lid makes it easy to open and close them even without pulling them out of the fridge. The baskets — which help drain moisture so your produce doesn't get soggy — are perfect for storing things like berries.
Best Large Stackable Produce Saver Bins
Elabo Food Storage Containers Fridge Produce Saver ($29, originally $36)
If you're looking for something with two layers, get this food-saver set. The lids have a vent system that helps to regulate the flow of air and control the humidity. It has adjustable and foldable partitions as well, so you can store multiple types of produce in one container. You can use them for fruits, veggies, and even lettuce, and its stackable design makes it easy to maximize your fridge space.
Best Plastic-Bag Food Storage Alternative
These useful, resealable silicone bags are great for keeping produce and food fresh on the go. They come in various sizes, shapes, and colors, but we especially love the stand-up model, which won a 2023 POPSUGAR Wellness Award. Best of all, they're dishwasher-safe and leak-proof. This set of four comes with a sandwich-size, snack-size, midsize, and half-gallon-size bag.
Best Guacamole Saver
Casabella Guac-Lock ($13, originally $22)
Never throw out leftover guacamole again with this genius guacamole saver. It locks in the freshness and keeps all the air out so the guac won't brown so easily. It can double as a serving dish, and the easy-to-open snap lid gives you a secure closure. It's also dishwasher safe.
Best Produce Saver on Amazon
Rubbermaid FreshWorks Produce Saver Food Storage Container Set ($57, originally $80)
These containers regulate oxygen flow and carbon dioxide, and the tray keeps moisture away from the produce, all of which helps the produce stay fresh. The set of three includes one 6.3-cup container and two 17.3-cup containers with lids. It has more than 9,000 positive reviews and is also an editor favorite; read our in-depth review of the Rubbermaid FreshWorks Produce Saver Food Storage Container.
Best Produce-Saver Filter For Refrigerator Drawers
This crisper insert can be mounted on a refrigerator drawer that's filled with fruits and veggies. It's a non-toxic activated carbon filter that slows down the rate at which produce spoils, with an open vent design that promotes airflow as well. One lasts up to 90 days, and then you can replace the filter without replacing the whole plastic device.
Best Glass Food Storage Set
Caraway Glass Food Storage Set ($245, originally $305)
From fresh produce to leftovers, this produce-saver set a sleek way to keep your refrigerator organized. The 14-piece collection comes with one large square container, two medium rectangular containers, two small square containers, and storage units for organization. Plus, it comes with dot and dash inserts for dressings, condiments, and other sides for bento box-style meal prepping, plus container straps to hold everything together. These containers have an airtight seal and are made with nontoxic nonstick ceramic-coated glass, which makes them microwave, oven, freezer, and dishwasher safe. The set comes in six stylish colors as well.
Best Produce Vacuum Sealer
Zwilling Fresh & Save Vacuum Sealer Food Storage System ($75, originally $80)
This handy vacuum sealer set comes with bags and containers plus a small device that can vacuum seal in seconds. The brand boasts that this helps food last five times longer than non-vacuum storage methods, and saves room in the fridge. The device itself is small and easy to store, and all the containers are dishwasher-friendly. Get extra containers and bags along with the starter set.
Best Produce Container With Removable Colander
Freshmage 5-Piece Large Fruit Containers ($27, originally $30)
Keep your refrigerator organized and your produce fresh with these fruit containers. The set features five storage containers with removable colanders in varying sizes, so you can store a wide assortment of produce, from berries to romaine lettuce and more. The colander lets you pull out and wash produce easily, and each container has a leakproof seal, as well. They're freezer- and dishwasher-safe, and even stackable for easy storing.
Produce Saver For Preserving Crispness
This produce saver is perfect for preserving the crisp factor in your veggies and fruits, whether you're organizing longer produce or chopped-up items. The bottom tray has drainage holes so you can rinse and filter out excess water to prevent sogginess. It also allows for airflow to prevent bacteria and mold growth.
Best Berry Saver
This cute berry basket set is perfect for storing all your favorite berries and grapes. The double-layer design will keep them from getting soggy, and you can even take the bottom off and use the basket to wash them, making it a versatile choice. Because they're stackable, they'll also keep your fridge more organized.
Food Storage Container For Cheese
If you're a cheese connoisseur, you know the importance of preserving your artisanal slices. This food-grade silicone cheese container lets your cheeses breathe, yet eliminates excess moisture, so your cheese can stay fresh and you can enjoy it for longer. Buy a set designed for hard cheeses, a set for soft cheeses, or a set with one of each. You can even write the name of the cheese using a ballpoint pen directly on the container, and wipe it off when you've finished the slice.
Best Lids For Bowls and Containers
Turn any bowl into a food storage container or produce saver with these replacement lids. They have a silicone perimeter that can fit most round glass or ceramic containers. The products also have a glass center that makes it easy to see what's inside and stack them in your fridge. This particular set comes with four lids in sizes ranging from extra small to large.
Best On-the-Go Produce Container
Mepal Veggie & Fruit To Go Cup ($22, originally $28)
Make sure your fruits and veggies stay fresh with this cute to-go cup. The small design is perfect for tossing in your bag, and the little attachable fork means you'll never accidentally be left without one. It has a double-layer design with a mini colander that's great for washing the produce and straining out excess water. All that, and it's also dishwasher-safe.
Best Produce Storage For Meats and Cheeses
Store deli meats and cheeses the right way with this smart split container. It lets you store up to two types of meats and cheeses in one large container, so you can easily prep sandwiches or charcuterie boards. An airtight silicone seal and a grooved bottom keeps excess juices and moisture away from your food so it doesn't spoil.
Best Food Storage Container For Freezing Soups, Stocks, and Liquids
These cube trays are a clever way to store and freeze liquid-based food like sauces, soups, purees, stocks, broths, and pastas. These silicone molds are perfect for storing foods that might run the risk of spilling and leaking. Choose from half-cup, 1-cup, 2-cup, or 2-tablespoon portions — or a set with one of each, so you're able to section off and prep exactly how much you need without making a mess.
Produce Storage Containers With Vents
These food storage containers have an adjustable silicone center that lets you ventilate your food. You can also use it to release steam when reheating leftovers in the microwave. The containers are made from borosilicate glass with plastic fitted lid and silicone seal, and come in four sizes: 16 ounces, 27 ounces, 47 ounces, and 88 ounces.
Best Herb Presever
Prepara Herb Savor Pods ($28, originally $35)
Always serve fresh herbs with these food-saver pods, which are designed to fit upright into any fridge door. The protective shell keeps them from getting crushed and damp enough to stay fresh without getting old and soggy, and the tall design also works great for longer produce, like asparagus. All you have to do is add some water to the bottom and then remember to empty it and refill it every three to five days. If you do, your herbs will last for up to three weeks.
Best Food Storage Bowl
W&P Porter Seal Tight Bowl ($25-$30)
Looking for an alternative to plastic bags? Try handy resealable bowls that can be easily washed. Their leak-proof design and screw-top lid prevents spills and keeps things fresh. They comes in 16-ounce and 24-ounce sizes and in several different sleek colors to match your kitchen. Even better, these double as food storage containers that you can easily take on the go, and are both dishwasher- and microwave-safe.