We love seeing our readers' kitchen solutions for storage and organization. This photo and email from a reader named Brent was especially inspiring. He and his wife organized nearly everything in their kitchen on one wire shelving unit — read a little more about it here...
I'm always excited when I purchase cilantro. In my neighborhood you can get four bunches for a dollar, and even if I don't need all four bunches I still bring them home. I figure I'll find a way to use all of them up, but inevitably there's one sad bunch all soggy and brown in the back of the fridge a week later. But not anymore!
I recently had the chance to sit down and talk with Baker and Doughpuncher David Norman. David is a true artisan when it comes to baking breads, working each batch of dough carefully to achieve the consistency and quality he desires. I asked him about common misconceptions the public may have when it comes to baking and storing bread, and it turns out we may have been doing a few things wrong.
Some of the best lessons in the kitchen are learned the hard way. For me it took puzzling over why the heck my raspberries were always moldy, year after year, when I usually only keep them for a day or so. After talking to food folks we know here in Seattle, my favorite farmers' market vendors, and my very trustworthy relatives, I learned a few tips I really should have known before, tips that would guarantee clean summer berry success...
In the past we've talked about taking spices with you on road trips and backpack or camping adventures. It is the number one way to make road food taste like it came straight from your kitchen (especially if you make custom blends). And here's a way to keep them safe and sound in this oh-so-identifiable breath mint container.
Looking for a way to cart your fruits and veggies that doesn't involve a handful of plastic bags? Reusable produce bags are your answer. Made from a variety of materials, from muslin to mesh, they're all durable, washable, and way better than the bags pulled from your grocery store's produce section.
Q: I've tried storing potatoes and onions in the fridge, and inside a cupboard on the shelf, but they always seem to shrivel up, grow eyes, or go bad much faster than they ought to. What's the ideal way to keep them fresh longest when I'm miles from the nearest root cellar?
Item:Mercado Market Bag Price: $25.00 plus shipping Overall Impression: A beautiful and practical market bag that also works as a picnic tote!
Many of the market totes available today can be attractive but they sometimes don't function very well. Unless we bring lots of plastic bags and plan our shopping trip very carefully, our precious strawberries and tomatoes often drift down to the bottom and everything collapses inward to squash and confuse things. What would happen if individual compartments were built into the bag, allowing you to carefully place and secure your beautiful produce? This Mercado bag from Quirky lets you do just that and at a great price point, too!
I hate to disappoint, but we can't all have spiral wine cellars. (I know!) So what are the rest of us supposed to do with our wine bottles? Well, we could do worse than one of these clever storage solutions.
Who:Strato What We Noticed: Here's one more EuroCucina peek that I saved for Wine Week: A standalone wine "room" by luxury Italian kitchen designer Strato. This beautiful hunk of wood is a modern, luxurious way to store a lot of wine. Not terribly practical (no built-in climate control, for instance, and it would take up a lot of space!) but wouldn't it be nice to see it all filled up with wine bottles?