1. 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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  3. Preserving citrus with sand

    When you buy citrus you should always rinse it in a 10-to-1 water to bleach ratio (10 parts water, 1 part bleach) and let them air dry.

    To store citrus longer you can get a 5 gallon bucket and fill it with clean sand.  Bury the clean citrus in the sand and lightly pack it down.

    The sand fills the pores of the citrus and it takes longer to go bad.

    - Lynn from LA, USA

     
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  5. potatoes in a brick house with sand inside

    My father used to harvest our potatoes before the frost, clean off the dirt by hand and sort them at the same time to make sure they were perfect for keeping (no bug holes or rot).  Usually he would put them in a sack and cover them, but at other times he would bury them in a funny little brick house he had built to keep sand clean and dry.  The “roof ” was a slanting weather proof lid, which we had to lift when we sorted through the sand for potatoes.  We thought this was a great game, but sometimes being kids we would play a bit too wildly and then would have to tidy up.

    I always remember what fun it was to help in that way and how good the potatoes tasted when we roasted them under the fire grate.  We were always hungry in those days and there was nothing left to waste!

    - Barbara Robson, UK

     
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