1. 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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  3. 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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  5. 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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  7. Keeping peaches with a gentle care ;-)
Fresh peaches are not easy to keep long. But there are still some ways to help peaches stay better and longer:- Put them in a way that they don’t touch each other.- Keeping them upside down (the stalk down) helps, too. - Avoid the direct sunlight. - In order to avoid fruit flies, clean the fruits well with water before keeping them (you need to dry them well after cleaning). Some do it with very hot water quickly, but we didn’t tried it yet. In general, give a try to observe and understand how your fruits stay. Depending on the surrounding, you will see different reactions. Maybe you will enjoy some days with your fruits or you will need to have all the fruits as a dinner to consume them, or make jams or marmalade. By trying this, you will understand how much and which fruits to buy. This will bring you a little but big and healthy change on your consumption on food! :-)

    Keeping peaches with a gentle care ;-)

    Fresh peaches are not easy to keep long.
    But there are still some ways to help peaches stay better and longer:

    - Put them in a way that they don’t touch each other.
    - Keeping them upside down (the stalk down) helps, too.
    - Avoid the direct sunlight.

    - In order to avoid fruit flies, clean the fruits well with water before keeping them (you need to dry them well after cleaning). Some do it with very hot water quickly, but we didn’t tried it yet.

    In general, give a try to observe and understand how your fruits stay. Depending on the surrounding, you will see different reactions. Maybe you will enjoy some days with your fruits or you will need to have all the fruits as a dinner to consume them, or make jams or marmalade. By trying this, you will understand how much and which fruits to buy. This will bring you a little but big and healthy change on your consumption on food! :-)

     
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  9. water well storage in old times

    " It was the time without a fridge. We used to put the food in a bucket in the well just over the water level. The well was deep enough to keep the chilling air inside from cold water. So we would have two buckets hanging for the well, one for water, one for food….yes…food like butter, that rough but top tasty homemade butter…."

    I was excited to listen this story from my 82 year old Italian grandfather this evening! 

     
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  11. I introduced a little corner of my kitchen occupied by oral knowledge on my twitter long time ago. I just realized that I did not give answer for it. So here it is:
In this picture, there are three knowledge:
1. To keep lettuce fresh longer outside the fridge, keep their roots in the water.
My lettuce was directly from the garden. So it was with roots. I did not try this method with the ones without roots but my German friend says it works well! Fresh veggies’ seasons are just here, what about keeping your lettuce beautifully on your table or kitchen? :-)
2. To clean the grease on the pan, spread dry flour directly without water.
Flour will absorb the grease, so you don’t need to clean it with soap at all after it! It looks like a magic! Concerning flour is also food, I am researching other ways for the same effect. For example, one girl recalled that her dad used to clean the greasy pen with soil/sand before cleaning at the camping place! Do you know any other know-how? Let me know! oh, let’s share!!
3. To clean the burnt grill, scrub it with aluminum foil.
I keep aluminum foil after I use it because it is a very strong tool to clean burnt grill. Just try it after the barbeque this summer, you will definitely start to keep aluminum foil as well. :D

    I introduced a little corner of my kitchen occupied by oral knowledge on my twitter long time ago. I just realized that I did not give answer for it. So here it is:

    In this picture, there are three knowledge:

    1. To keep lettuce fresh longer outside the fridge, keep their roots in the water.

    My lettuce was directly from the garden. So it was with roots. I did not try this method with the ones without roots but my German friend says it works well! Fresh veggies’ seasons are just here, what about keeping your lettuce beautifully on your table or kitchen? :-)

    2. To clean the grease on the pan, spread dry flour directly without water.

    Flour will absorb the grease, so you don’t need to clean it with soap at all after it! It looks like a magic! Concerning flour is also food, I am researching other ways for the same effect. For example, one girl recalled that her dad used to clean the greasy pen with soil/sand before cleaning at the camping place! Do you know any other know-how? Let me know! oh, let’s share!!

    3. To clean the burnt grill, scrub it with aluminum foil.

    I keep aluminum foil after I use it because it is a very strong tool to clean burnt grill. Just try it after the barbeque this summer, you will definitely start to keep aluminum foil as well. :D

     
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