$15 to Keep a Banana Fresh? I Think Not
Lunch boxes in the 2000s are way different than when I was a kid. They’re all spiffed up with everything from ice packs to bento boxes to unusual novelty configurations. I mean, my first lunch box was an aluminum rust-prone rattle trap with a Thermos for juice (or soup!) and the Muppets adorning the outside.
Apart from the fancy designs of modern lunch boxes, inventors have imagined up all sorts of products to make transporting food more effective. I came across one of these wacky inventions while clicking through StumbleUpon the other day.
Behold the Banana Guard. For $15 you can have a hard plastic case to protect your banana snack from the perils of rogue Fluffernutter sandwiches and rambunctious Lunchables.
Seriously? A Banana Guard?
The elongated plastic case looks like something airport security screeners would get a good laugh out of. The Banana Guard comes in six shining colors, is curved in all the right places, features air holes for proper ventilation and a hinge so top and bottom can’t be separated. For $15, you too can ferry your nanners in comfort.
Before I elaborate on why this is a useless product, I’ll point out a few circumstances in which a Banana Guard might actually be worth the $15. If you’re hiking and want to throw some fresh fruit in your backpack, the Banana Guard might be a good investment.
Okay, so that’s the only example I can think of. Moving on.
The No-Cost Alternative to Banana Guard
Since I’ve never used a Banana Guard, I can only assume it prevents bananas from turning brown. But there’s a way to keep bananas yellow that only costs a fraction of a cent. I know this method works because I’ve used it hundreds of times. Not only is it effective from the time a lunch box is packed in the morning to cafeteria time, it will keep bananas fresh for three or four days.
What You’ll Need
A piece of aluminum foil
Step One: Wrap foil around banana
Step Two: Place banana in lunch box
Honest, this works. Try it and get back to me.
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