The VEGETABRELLA is a compact umbrella that looks like a head of romaine lettuce when wrapped up. When you open it, it becomes a normal umbrella and in summer its UV filter also protects from the sun. It is delivered with a small umbrella bag in the same "salad" design and is delivered in a box that resembles salad cartons for wholesale.
Unfortunately, it’s from Tokyo, so for an American, it’s not exactly cheap to get access to.
I’m a little disappointed by how it looks when it’s opened, too. The closed ‘umbrella looks just like lettuce, no doubt, but when you open it, it just looks like a green umbrella that’s incredible wrinkly.
Can you iron an umbrella? I’m not a big fan of ironing, but even I would be tempted to pull one out to straighten this up. Then I’d be probably be upset again when I folded it up and it now looked like a plain umbrella instead of like lettuce. Woe is me….what problems I have with quirky products, eh? :P
Yes, that was a gigantic zucchini. The tiny end is what I used to make these fried zucchini. The big end? Shred it and turned it into blueberry zucchini bread, yum.
A while back…well, a long while back actually….Anne contacted me about reviewing the Clearly Fresh Bags. She was awesome enough to even ship me a sample to Canada. And then even more awesome by being patient while I disappeared to BlogHer and tried to get settled back in.
On the up side, though, I put fruit into the bags before I left for the conference for a week, so I was able to give a legit review of the bags. They worked great! I took some pictures, but they didn’t really turn out that well ‘cause you can’t tell much difference. I’ll show you some from their site, though, and will try to get better pictures from the next attempt with the bags I do. I don’t want to make these guys wait any more than I already have, though.
The video above gives some really good tips on how to use them. It’s kinda sad they can’t really be used more than a few times since you can’t wash them and still keep the BreatheWay patch working, but I don’t feel so bad because each use lasts a couple weeks really.
There’s a lot more information on how the bags work on the site, too. Basically, it let’s the good stuff in and the bad stuff out. :P I don’t know the details of what’s actually in the breathe membrane, but it seems to work.
So far, I’ve only tried them with a couple different types of produce (blueberries and lettuce), but I’m looking forward to trying them out with already cut fruits and things like peaches that seem to either last a while or go bad rather quickly. I’m wondering if they’d work well on mushrooms, too….they’re not on the list and not a fruit or veggie, but still a produce that tends to go bad.
Want to try them out yourself? It looks like you can buy them straight through the site for $4 for 10 bags. Keep in mind that the bags are really big, too, so you’re not buying little rinky-dink ziplocs here.
And if you have any other questions about them, feel free to ask in the comments or email me. I know I didn’t get too detailed here, but their site has a lot of great info and I’ll likely post about them again as I try them out more. :)