This is just a fun post…but with some helpful shares. I love this kind of thing.

1. Store things upright

I love these ideas developed by artist Jihyun Ryou, using sensible “Grandma says it’s so” food storage concepts that save things longer, better.

Veggies grow in the ground standing up, so goes Jihyun’s explanation, based on traditional oral knowledge. Thus, they’d be happier waiting to be eaten while standing up, too, yeah? The sand also helps keep the right level of humidity to keep them fresh.

2. “Plant” your shallots

I personally do something similar to the above. When I buy a bunch of shallots (green onions), I store them in soil outside – in a pot among my herbs or flowers. They keep this way for months and I simply pull out a stem at a time. My Mum taught me this one.

3. Use your apples…

This one makes sense, too. Apples muck with other fruits and veggies (“one bad apple…”) so it’s good to keep them separately. The ethylene gases make carrots bitter, for example.

BUT, with potatoes – apples keep them from sprouting. So, store together, no?

4. Ripen your fruit

While talking apples: they can be used to ripen plums, pears and other fruits quickly. Handy.

5. Pair your bananas and avocados

I guess you could use the same device above for avocados and bananas… the latter rippen the former when placed in a paper bag.

6. Hull strawberries easily using a straw

Clever. Read how here.

7. Rub a walnut over scratches in your furniture

It will disguise dings and scrapes. Clever again. Here’s how.

8. Wrap your apple

Stop “cutted up” apples (what my little brother used to call them) browning in your kid’s lunch box by securing with a rubber band. Details here.

9. Freeze all your veggies in advance

See my post here for details.

10. Make a gutter garden

Create a window-box veggie patch using guttering. This would be great for an apartment, to run along the balcony. Lifehacker explains how here.

Have any special secrets you use? Tips for storing food outside the fridge?