One of our family friends is an avid kitchen gardener. He grows a lot of things – herbs, vegetables, fruits, beans etc. The harvest is always more than what his family and neighbors can consume, so I often receive vegetables and fruits that consume all the space in my refrigerator – hardly knowing that I could keep them fresh outside the refrigerator (How did people keep their edibles fresh when there were no refrigerators – either they grew their own food or purchased it on daily basis?). There must be traditional methods of storing food that we have forgotten since the introduction of refrigerators. Jihyun Ryou of Design Academy Eindhoven has devised a simple solution for storing vegetables and fruits using traditional methods.
Ryou advocates traditional methods of storing food and believes in ‘saving the food from refrigerator‘.
Though the product is still a prototype and not marketable but it does call for reviving traditional methods of storing the food in natural way.
“Keeping roots in a vertical position allows the organism to save energy and remain fresh for a longer time. This shelf gives a place for them to stand easily, using sand. At the same time, sand helps to keep the proper humidity.”
The water tray keeps these fruit vegetables fresh for extended periods outside the refrigerator.
“Apples emit a lot of ethylene gas. It has the effect of speeding up the ripening process of fruits and vegetables kept together with apples. When combined with potatoes, apples prevent them from sprouting.”
“Rice absorbs humidity easily. The spice container with rice inside helps spices stay dry without forming into lumps.”
“An egg has millions of holes in its shell. It absorbs the odour and substance around itself very easily. This creates a bad taste if it’s kept in the fridge with other food ingredients. This shelf provides a place for eggs outside of the fridge. Also the freshness of eggs can be tested in the water. The fresher they are, the further they sink.”