Holiday Gift: BerryBreeze


Onions, fish, and cilantro may taste good in a recipe together, but they can also clash in your refrigerator. That box of baking soda works hard to eliminate odors, but sometimes it isn’t enough. Super Chef went looking for a solution for home cooks who have smelly fridges. It turns out that ozone (O3) is a naturally occurring antibacterial agent that can extend the life of the cilantro, while eliminating the fishy and onion smells.

What captures this power of ozone in a small space like a fridge?


It is a compact, battery operated O3 producer, about the size of a small electric pencil sharpener, that sits on the top shelf of your fridge and generates activated oxygen. A green light goes on to show it is working. A red light comes on when the batteries need changing. The activated oxygen or ozone helps “neutralize undesirable mold, yeast, fungus, bacteria, microorganisms, germs and viruses, ” according to BerryBreeze literature, which goes on to say: “BerryBreeze is certified to use in organic production in accordance with the USDA National Organic Standards. BerryBreeze eliminates all unwanted odors, tastes, and smells from your refrigerator and your food.” That means food should stay fresher longer and lead to less waste and spoilage.

Does it work?


Super Chef tried it in a refrigerator. It gives off a scent oddly similar to an airport. Fresh greens did last longer and there was no food smells in the fridge. It also works in kitchen closets where odor from cooking tends to stay. It might also be useful in bedrooms in case a particular person forgot to wash something or to eliminate smelly sneakers stench.

Perhaps BerryBreeze isn’t the smartest host gift (you never know if your host will be offended), but it is a thoughtful one. And it sure wouldn’t hurt to give one to your messy offspring in college (or out of college).

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