1. Wormwood, a natural repellent against fruit flies
In this region we have a lot of fruit flies in the summer. Wormwood, which I have growing in the yard, is a bug repellent (I had intended to dry sprigs of it for use in keeping moths out of my clothes, and for making mosquito repellent). I thought to put some that was drying over the bananas, and am happy to report that the fruit flies haven’t landed on them for almost 24 hours now. Wormwood could be a useful decorative accent in the summertime fruit bowl.

A|exNYC, USA

    Wormwood, a natural repellent against fruit flies

    In this region we have a lot of fruit flies in the summer. Wormwood, which I have growing in the yard, is a bug repellent (I had intended to dry sprigs of it for use in keeping moths out of my clothes, and for making mosquito repellent). I thought to put some that was drying over the bananas, and am happy to report that the fruit flies haven’t landed on them for almost 24 hours now. Wormwood could be a useful decorative accent in the summertime fruit bowl.

    A|ex
    NYC, USA

     
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  3. How to keep water fresh like dew
My grandparents live in a traditional way, they use petromax lamp, well, fireplace to cook,  and of course they don’t have fridge. 
Every time I visit them, they always serve fresh foods and waters.
They use clay tea pots and clay jars.
The clay jars used to store bathing water and the tea pot  for drinking water. Well, the cold level is not as cold as fridge water but it’s fresh like dew and fresh enough for your throat and of course healthy.
You could find clay tea pots and jars in every clay utilities stores.
The tips to make your water fresh like dew is store the water for about one night long before used, and close tightly withe the tea pot cap. The longer you store it the fresher it become.
And if you have a better way, tell me :) 
Esti Nurnani,  Jakarta,  Indonesia

    How to keep water fresh like dew

    My grandparents live in a traditional way, they use petromax lamp, well, fireplace to cook,  and of course they don’t have fridge. 

    Every time I visit them, they always serve fresh foods and waters.

    They use clay tea pots and clay jars.

    The clay jars used to store bathing water and the tea pot  for drinking water. Well, the cold level is not as cold as fridge water but it’s fresh like dew and fresh enough for your throat and of course healthy.

    You could find clay tea pots and jars in every clay utilities stores.

    The tips to make your water fresh like dew is store the water for about one night long before used, and close tightly withe the tea pot cap. The longer you store it the fresher it become.

    And if you have a better way, tell me :) 

    Esti Nurnani,  Jakarta,  Indonesia

     
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  5. Keeping tomatoes until the next harvest
When it is the time of tomatoes in Furore, Italy, Family Serafina gets busier. They need to pick tomatoes before getting them too much ripe. So they can preserve tomatoes for a whole year before the harvest next year. 
Their preservation technic is to bind tomatoes with cotton thread and hang them on the ceiling. I see that in this way, tomatoes can get more air around. So ethylene gas from tomatoes themselves will go away quicker. Indeed, when you keep your tomatoes at home, it helps them stay fresh longer to hang them or separate them from each other. 
Giuseppina, a female master of family, says this technic is different from drying. Tomatoes stay quite juicy for a whole year. Some go bad but many tomatoes remain fine. 
These tomatoes are used for the tomato sauce of pasta or bruschetta (Italian dish/snack: grilled bread topped with tomatoes etc.) later. 

    Keeping tomatoes until the next harvest

    When it is the time of tomatoes in Furore, Italy, Family Serafina gets busier. They need to pick tomatoes before getting them too much ripe. So they can preserve tomatoes for a whole year before the harvest next year. 

    Their preservation technic is to bind tomatoes with cotton thread and hang them on the ceiling. I see that in this way, tomatoes can get more air around. So ethylene gas from tomatoes themselves will go away quicker. Indeed, when you keep your tomatoes at home, it helps them stay fresh longer to hang them or separate them from each other. 

    Giuseppina, a female master of family, says this technic is different from drying. Tomatoes stay quite juicy for a whole year. Some go bad but many tomatoes remain fine. 

    These tomatoes are used for the tomato sauce of pasta or bruschetta (Italian dish/snack: grilled bread topped with tomatoes etc.) later. 

     
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  7. How to check the freshness of eggs
Did you read the way to keep eggs at room temperature for a few months last week?
Actually if you want to keep eggs just for a couple of weeks, you don’t need to do any extra treatment. They stay fairly well at room temperature. However if you need to keep eggs for a longer period of time, the method from James will be a good tip. Or similar methods were introduced also by Tina from Finland and Allison from Canada. 
On top of that, it is never a bad idea to check if eggs are still fresh or not before eating. Since the eggs don’t tell how they are on the appearance, we need to have a method. Here is a simple way to check. As you see on the photo above, put the egg in the water. If the egg lies on the bottom of water, it means fresh (the best is when it stays horizontally as well). If the egg floats to the surface of water, it is not edible any more. 
Simple science happens here. Older eggs have more gas inside and creates a stronger buoyant force. If you want to be more strict for the freshness of eggs, add salt to the water. Salt water is denser than plain water, the denser the liquid the harder it is for eggs to sink in it. 
In addition, if eggs smells bad when you break them, it also means no good.  
Enjoy your time with eggs! :-) 

    How to check the freshness of eggs

    Did you read the way to keep eggs at room temperature for a few months last week?

    Actually if you want to keep eggs just for a couple of weeks, you don’t need to do any extra treatment. They stay fairly well at room temperature. However if you need to keep eggs for a longer period of time, the method from James will be a good tip. Or similar methods were introduced also by Tina from Finland and Allison from Canada. 

    On top of that, it is never a bad idea to check if eggs are still fresh or not before eating. Since the eggs don’t tell how they are on the appearance, we need to have a method. Here is a simple way to check. As you see on the photo above, put the egg in the water. If the egg lies on the bottom of water, it means fresh (the best is when it stays horizontally as well). If the egg floats to the surface of water, it is not edible any more. 

    Simple science happens here. Older eggs have more gas inside and creates a stronger buoyant force. If you want to be more strict for the freshness of eggs, add salt to the water. Salt water is denser than plain water, the denser the liquid the harder it is for eggs to sink in it. 

    In addition, if eggs smells bad when you break them, it also means no good.  

    Enjoy your time with eggs! :-) 

     
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  9. Room Temperature Egg Storage
It’s really not difficult to store eggs at room temperature for months. An egg shell is slightly porous, Microscopic holes are how airborne contaminants can penetrate to the interior and spoil the egg.
solution: Coat the eggs with mineral oil, available at any pharmacy (sometimes found in the laxative section). Wear food handling gloves or any surgical glove and coat each egg by hand and replace in the container they came in. I’ve taken this out to six months at about 68-70 F with no problem. Some properties are lost, like the ability of the egg white to be beaten to a meringue. The oxygen and airborne pathogens that can ruin eggs are occluded from the interior. Flip the egg containers monthly. I have eaten eggs stored outside the refrigerator at 9 months and I couldn’t tell the difference between them and fresh eggs. 
- James Holmes

    Room Temperature Egg Storage

    It’s really not difficult to store eggs at room temperature for months. An egg shell is slightly porous, Microscopic holes are how airborne contaminants can penetrate to the interior and spoil the egg.

    solution: Coat the eggs with mineral oil, available at any pharmacy (sometimes found in the laxative section). Wear food handling gloves or any surgical glove and coat each egg by hand and replace in the container they came in. I’ve taken this out to six months at about 68-70 F with no problem. Some properties are lost, like the ability of the egg white to be beaten to a meringue. The oxygen and airborne pathogens that can ruin eggs are occluded from the interior. Flip the egg containers monthly. I have eaten eggs stored outside the refrigerator at 9 months and I couldn’t tell the difference between them and fresh eggs. 

    - James Holmes

     
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  11. Meat Packages
I learned in history class that in medieval Europe people would keep their meat fresh by covering it with salt &/or dried herbs such as basil or parsley before wrapping it in the butcher paper for storage. It became so customary there that eventually the practice found it’s way in to modern culinary practices to season the beef before cooking. :D
The same practice was used for storing milk, I think the herb was lavender but I’m not 100% sure on that.

Tina Q. Boulder, CO. USA

    Meat Packages

    I learned in history class that in medieval Europe people would keep their meat fresh by covering it with salt &/or dried herbs such as basil or parsley before wrapping it in the butcher paper for storage. It became so customary there that eventually the practice found it’s way in to modern culinary practices to season the beef before cooking. :D

    The same practice was used for storing milk, I think the herb was lavender but I’m not 100% sure on that.

    Tina Q. Boulder, CO. USA

     
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  13. heytoyourmamanem:

Dolores Harris, daughter of FSA (Farm Security Administration) client George Harris, with canned food prepared by her mother. Dameron, Maryland.
August 1940
Jack Delano, photographer
Farm Security Administration - Office of War Information Photograph Collection (Library of Congress)

    heytoyourmamanem:

    Dolores Harris, daughter of FSA (Farm Security Administration) client George Harris, with canned food prepared by her mother. Dameron, Maryland.

    August 1940

    Jack Delano, photographer

    Farm Security Administration - Office of War Information Photograph Collection (Library of Congress)

     
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  15. Bottling plums in water
I have opened a bottle of plums which I bottled in water by packing a Kilner Jar with plums then pouring boiling water over before bringing the bottle back to the boil, keeping it at boiling point for 3 mins then screwing the top on.  I kept tightening the top until the jar was cold and then put it in a cool dark place.  This was 2 years ago and when I opened it yesterday and cooked the plums in a pie they tasted lovely. These plums were grown in my friends garden opposite my house in Leicestershire in the UK. 

Eve 

    Bottling plums in water

    I have opened a bottle of plums which I bottled in water by packing a Kilner Jar with plums then pouring boiling water over before bringing the bottle back to the boil, keeping it at boiling point for 3 mins then screwing the top on.  I kept tightening the top until the jar was cold and then put it in a cool dark place.  This was 2 years ago and when I opened it yesterday and cooked the plums in a pie they tasted lovely. These plums were grown in my friends garden opposite my house in Leicestershire in the UK. 

    Eve 

     
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  17. Pie as a way to preserve fruits
"Food preservation in colonial North America" 
My family immigrated to North America during the Colonial Period. My grandmother told me that people cooked pies to preserve the food in them. When cooked, the fruit in fruit pies dehydrates some and it helps preserve the fruit. Adding sugar to the pie will increase the length of time the pie can be stored at room temperature, about 3 days. I tried this and it does work, especially with a cotton towel placed over the pie to keep insects off the food. The towel also allows air circulation around the pie.
- Sigrid, USA

* image from a book “Igleheart’s Cake Secrets”, 1922

    Pie as a way to preserve fruits

    "Food preservation in colonial North America" 

    My family immigrated to North America during the Colonial Period. My grandmother told me that people cooked pies to preserve the food in them. When cooked, the fruit in fruit pies dehydrates some and it helps preserve the fruit. Adding sugar to the pie will increase the length of time the pie can be stored at room temperature, about 3 days. I tried this and it does work, especially with a cotton towel placed over the pie to keep insects off the food. The towel also allows air circulation around the pie.

    - Sigrid, USA

    * image from a book “Igleheart’s Cake Secrets”, 1922

     
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  19. Carrots in the sand
Whilst researching new ways of saving energy in the kitchen and innovative kitchen design solutions, I came across your work and was struck by the many ideas and prototypes you have made. My children and I decided to conduct an experiment with carrots by storing them vertically in sand as you suggest. The result has been wonderful, with the carrots re-sprouting roots and leaves (as long as the sand is kept wet). Every time we use a carrot now it is as fresh as if it had just been picked. It has also become a point of conversation with visitors of all ages, providing an opportunity to discuss the real cost of food in terms of energy and waste. I look forward to incorporating more of your storage solutions into the new kitchen I am designing. Thanks,
Jacqueline, Sydney, Australia

    Carrots in the sand

    Whilst researching new ways of saving energy in the kitchen and innovative kitchen design solutions, I came across your work and was struck by the many ideas and prototypes you have made. My children and I decided to conduct an experiment with carrots by storing them vertically in sand as you suggest. The result has been wonderful, with the carrots re-sprouting roots and leaves (as long as the sand is kept wet). Every time we use a carrot now it is as fresh as if it had just been picked. It has also become a point of conversation with visitors of all ages, providing an opportunity to discuss the real cost of food in terms of energy and waste. I look forward to incorporating more of your storage solutions into the new kitchen I am designing. Thanks,

    Jacqueline, Sydney, Australia

     
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