At Gardenista, we liked this no-refrigerator concept from Korean designer Jihyun Ryou, a graduate of The Dutch Design Academy Eindhoven. Read on to discover her secrets:
Above: Ryou says, “Through the research into the current situation of food preservation, Iíve learned that we hand over the responsibility of taking care of food to the technology, the refrigerator. We donít observe the food anymore, and we donít understand how to treat it.” Ryou interviewed farmers, grandparents, and elders to learn how they stored produce before the advent of the refrigerator. Based on her findings, she created her own system of storage. It is currently just a concept, but provides plenty of ideas on alternatively storing produce.
Above: Apples emit ethylene gas, which causes other fruits and vegetables to ripen. When combined with potatoes, apples prevent them from sprouting eyes. In the above photo, the apples are positioned in a rack above the potatoes.
Above: Ryou waters her vegetables as she would water flowers, keeping then humid.
Above: An egg has millions of holes in its shell and easily absorbs odor, especially in a refrigerator. Ryou’s wall rack storage comes with a water holder to test for freshness (the deeper an egg sinks, the fresher it is).
If you’re looking for more great ideas on storage, visit Gardenista’s post A New Storage System from the Sea.