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:
A few months ago I moved into a new apartment. Although I love the space and the updated kitchen, it does have one big drawback: the refrigerator. I can't quite figure out how to space the shelves to fill the fridge optimally. So maybe I should give this trick a try.
After spending years in a succession of one-butt kitchens, I am currently enjoying a somewhat spacious kitchen setup. However, even with a lot of room, I've discovered that I still need to economize on storage. Here are five somewhat surprising things you don't necessarily need to keep in your kitchen proper.
I'm not a fan of cute crafty things, but I love a good DIY project, especially when it has a practical purpose. This menu board is a helpful way to plan your grocery needs for the week, and to get the family involved in the process.
It is essential to be organized in the kitchen. Cooking can be stressful enough as it is. Who needs the extra frustration of shuffling through cabinets searching for the next ingredient? My wife and I solved our own storage dilemma once and for all by converting all of our lower kitchen cabinets — originally outfitted as cabinets with regular doors — into cupboards made of drawers. Now finding things couldn't be easier.
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...
Breakfast bars, or separate "morning areas," are coveted details in kitchens with room to spare. In smaller kitchens, hideaway features, like this tabletop, are incredibly useful. What about combining the two features and creating a hideaway breakfast area—in this case, a roll-out cabinet dedicated to your morning joe, complete with pot-filler faucet!
I love the look of copper, even though I currently don't have any copper elements in my kitchen (cookware, lighting, or otherwise). But this copper pipe utensil rack just went to the top of my wishlist. See where it's installed in the kitchen below:
Looking for a better way to store your pots, pans, and casserole dishes? If you have a deep drawer, set up a vertical "filing" system with the help of a few dividers. Each dish and lid gets its own space, and you don't have to worry about messy, piled-up dishes taking over your cupboards.