How To Use
Everyone has a different way of using their Swag and you’ll find yours in no time at all! It's really incredibly easy to use.
We've had people say 'No, it's not for me' OR 'I buy my fresh fruit and veggies daily' however now, these people are The Swags greatest supporters. Personally, I didn't even know these type of people existed in the world BUT, now they're converts. They love it and they found their own Swag groove in no time - and you will too. This is a product that doesn't need much teaching. You'll learn as you go and the results speak volumes.
There's a short instructional video on our website. Click here to view.
Personally, I tend to put all of my freshly purchased fresh produce into my large Swag and I move the older produce into a small Swag, therefore I know which Swag I need to use the produce out of first (the colour coding trims also really helps here).
Some people like a separate Swag for fruit, veggies or leafy greens. Others throw everything into one Swag. Personally, I like to divide my produce up as follows;
Leafy greens and salad stuff (lettuce, herbs, capsicum, tomatoes, avocado and cucumber etc) in one colour coded Swag, another colour coded Swag for all Veggies and another for fruits. Then I have a small Swag with a combination of all of the older produce that I want to use first.
The colour coding trim makes it easy to identify what’s in each Swag.
What I LOVE about this system, is that when I’m cooking a stir fry – I pull out The Swag with the colour trim that has the veggies in it and everything I need to prepare my meal is all in one Swag – No multiple trips to the fridge, no need to rummage around to find things! If I’m making a salad I pull out the Swag containing the salad stuff and If I’m doing the kids lunches I pull out two Swags - the one with the salad stuff plus the one with the fruit. I pop the relevant Swag on the bench, use what I want/need and put the half cut up things straight back into The Swag – no need to wrap them in plastic… they'll stay fresher for much longer when nude (unless it's a very ripe/messy tomato or avocado - you may want to wrap these)
Remember, The Swag doesn't 'need' to be in the crisper of your fridge. The Swag not only saves money - it saves time! Less rummaging through your fridge and less trips to the shops!
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 crisper just sprinkle it with water over the top of The Swag whilst its sitting in the crisper. As you’re not wetting the whole Swag, you can afford to sprinkle quite a bit more water on The Swag so that the top flap and surrounding edges can be a little more moist than usual.
Most fruits such as Non-cherry stone fruits, avocados, tomatoes, mangoes, melons, apples, and pears will continue to ripen if left sitting out on a counter top in a fruit bowl. Once they are really ripe – try to avoid putting them into The Swag – Just eat them! Why? When fruits approach maturity, they release ethylene. Ethylene promotes the ripening of fruit. However, Ethylene can also cause premature ripening in other fruits and veggies, plus in some fruit and veggies ethylene can actually cause damage.
It's best to put these fruits into The Swag well before they’re ripe. If you put these fruits into The Swag before they’re ripen (while still firm and giving off no sweet/pungent smell) then The Swag will significantly prolong the period of time before they start becoming ripe and producing ethylene. Then as, and when needed, fill your fruit bowl with the unripened fruit and within a day or so, your fruit will be ripe and ready to eat. If you can see that the fruit has ripened within the Swag - then try to eat it ASAP, or you can put it a Swag on a shelf in your fridge (away from other fruits & veggies in the crisper). Ripe Strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, bananas, pears and many other fruits will freeze well and you can use them later in delicious smoothies.
So to summarize; for very best results, put your UNRIPENED fruit in The Swag and as needed, move the fruit from The Swag to your fruit bowl for a day or two and those fruits will then be perfect to eat. However, if you have ripe fruit in The swag and you can't consume it in time, if you leave it in The Swag, The Swag will slow down the process and give you several extra days to eat the ripe fruit.
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For more detailed information please head to our Q&A section at the top right hand section of the homepage. You'll also find details on how care for your Swags. Happy Swagging!