Your freezer can be a great tool for preserving foods and storing make-ahead meals, and one of the most important things you can do is pay attention to the containers you use. The right packaging will ensure that frozen foods retain their flavor, color, and texture without developing freezer burn or absorbing other flavors and odors.
I have become intimately acquainted with the walls of my new house as over the last several weeks my husband and I and a pack of friends have stripped most of the rooms of wall coverings, plaster, and lathe, exposing the true bones and studs. One side effect of this (besides sore shoulders and scraped hands!) is that the naked structure of my house has given me a whole new perspective on storage. There's so much room in there, between the studs! Here are some inspiring photos showing how you can use all that negative space inside your walls for positive storage solutions.
My mother never uses the built-in egg tray in the refrigerator door. My mother-in-law has and will always keep her eggs in a bowl on the counter, while my roommate used to keep them in the fridge in a tupperware container. The question is, where do YOU keep them?
Kitchen pull-outs are a dreamy feature of custom kitchens, making access to things like trash, recycling, and pantry essentials much easier. Here's a new twist on the pull-out theme: Basket drawers for root vegetables and fruit. Would you do this, if you had the chance?
This past week my CSA pickup share was as bountiful as it's been all summer. A dozen tomatoes, six or seven ears of corn, crisp greens, a pound of peaches. It's quite a sight to lay it all out on the countertop and plan for the week ahead. But it can also be a little daunting. Wait, how do I store fresh herbs again? What's the best way to handle the tomatoes? Do melons go in the refrigerator or on the countertop? With so much produce at our fingertips this season, it's time for a refresher on the proper way to store various fruits and vegetables. Here are the best ways to store apples, tomatoes, fresh basil, and many, many more varieties of fresh produce.
While we love the eye candy our weekly Cook's Kitchen Tours give us, our favorite element has to be all the creative storage solutions! Whether it's finding a clever way to make use of every last inch of space, or developing a way to keep appliances and utensils neat and organized, we live for those aha! moments when we see something we know we can implement in our own kitchen. Here are 15 smart storage solutions from our Kitchen Tour archives:
The other day Emma, Leela and I were browsing around the new Heath store in San Francisco when Emma spied this 2.5L Weck jar on a shelf. Emma's been steeping and brewing up a storm these days and the jar looked like a perfect size for her projects. She hesitated, we encouraged; she considered the pros and cons, we emphasized the pros; she spoke of frugality; we reminded her it was under $10. In the end, Emma bought the jar. In fact, she left the store with two. Smart girl, our Emma.
Q: I'm in the market for a lunch bag and don't know where to start. I've been using plastic shopping bags to line my tote and keep things contained, but it's not an ideal solution. Also, I cook with garlic a lot and my tote is starting to smell funny, so anything with an anti-odor is a plus!