Just the other day, I was making my friend Quinnstitch and I my favorite black bean and mango tacos for a Vegan Before 6 lunch. We were lamenting about how much we both love avocado, but we can’t always eat a whole one in one sitting (sometimes, just half is plenty). Try as I might, I haven’t found a great solution for saving half of an avocado. I’ve tried everything – leaving the seed in, rubbing the exposed flesh with citrus juice, pressing plastic wrap against the flesh – and none of it works all that well. The second half is just never as appetizing as the first, and sometimes I wonder why I even bother to keep the second half. Plus, I hate wasting the plastic wrap, and would much rather have a reusable option.
Just days after this avocado woe-is-me complaint session, Adrienne, one of the super-smart ladies behind Food Huggers e-mailed me to tell me about their product. Food Huggers are cute little silicone covers for the “other half” of your fruits and veggies. The flexible silicone means that the Food Hugger presses against the cut flesh of the item to form a tight seal, which ensures that your leftover fruit or vegetable will be just as tasty as the first half. You guys know I hate wasting half of a lemon.
Adrienne and her business partner Michelle took tons of measurements of different types of produce, and created 4 different sizes (plus an avocado-specific version!) of Food Huggers. Each size overlaps with the next size, so there’s always a hugger that fits whatever piece of produce you have! They’re BPA and phthalate free, and dishwasher-, microwave-, and freezer-safe.
You can even use the huggers to seal cans that you’ve opened – which I’m sure works one million times better than the old plastic wrap + rubber band method I generally employ around here.
Adrienne and Michelle have put a ton of work into creating a great product, but now they need help. After many rounds of protoyping and testing, their next step is to order tooling and purchase a production run. They’ve started a Kickstarter campaign to be able to afford this, and they have 2,500 supporters so far! Each Kickstarter supporter who helps them out by donating $18 or more will receive their own set of Food Huggers from the first production batch. Hurry, because the Kickstarter campaign ends July 13th.
I seriously can’t wait to get my hand on a set of these. They’re yet another reason that my friends will call me a hipster, but I’m OK with that. I mean, seriously, check out the amazingness of this avocado-specific hugger:
Hipster. Worth it.
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