1. How to keep aubergines fresh 
An 17th century cookbook from Korea, Eumsik dimibang (음식디미방) introduces various ways of conserving aliments. Among others, I found it is simple and easy to practice a way of keeping aubergines over the winter after the harvest. 
As western countries use for pears, deep the stem of aubergine into the wax. The original method is with beeswax but any wax could work like the one for the pear. Because the principle is that the wax keep the loss of humidity away from the vegetables. 

    How to keep aubergines fresh 

    An 17th century cookbook from Korea, Eumsik dimibang (음식디미방) introduces various ways of conserving aliments. Among others, I found it is simple and easy to practice a way of keeping aubergines over the winter after the harvest. 

    As western countries use for pears, deep the stem of aubergine into the wax. The original method is with beeswax but any wax could work like the one for the pear. Because the principle is that the wax keep the loss of humidity away from the vegetables. 

     
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  3. How oranges get damaged inside the fridge 
At Museo della Frutta in Turin, Italy, I was excited to see the experiment on refrigeration of oranges in 1930s. On the image above, the first line is the beginning stage of orange in the fridge and the second line is the later stage. 
Oranges are tropical fruits, which means they didn’t develop themselves to stay in a cold surrounding. So if they stay in the fridge, they easily get damaged. Humanizing them, they get a cold and sick.
From my experiment, oranges stay fairly long in a room temperature. With their maturation, they get even sweeter. They tend to dry on their skin with time but you still find juicy fruit inside. Same as lemons! 
Keep your sweet and beautiful oranges in front of your eyes and enjoy them!  

    How oranges get damaged inside the fridge 

    At Museo della Frutta in Turin, Italy, I was excited to see the experiment on refrigeration of oranges in 1930s. On the image above, the first line is the beginning stage of orange in the fridge and the second line is the later stage. 

    Oranges are tropical fruits, which means they didn’t develop themselves to stay in a cold surrounding. So if they stay in the fridge, they easily get damaged. Humanizing them, they get a cold and sick.

    From my experiment, oranges stay fairly long in a room temperature. With their maturation, they get even sweeter. They tend to dry on their skin with time but you still find juicy fruit inside. Same as lemons! 

    Keep your sweet and beautiful oranges in front of your eyes and enjoy them!  

     
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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. 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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  9. 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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  11. Flour and bay leaves
My grandmother always put a couple of dried bay leaves in a newly opened bag of flour.  This kept the bugs away. 
-Maureen

    Flour and bay leaves

    My grandmother always put a couple of dried bay leaves in a newly opened bag of flour.  This kept the bugs away. 

    -Maureen

     
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  13. 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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  15. 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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  17. 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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  19. Gli sgami della nonna (Grandma’s trick)

    Italian grandma tells her tips for the house!

    So nice to see sharing know-hows from Grannies!! Let’s share it!!

    Viva Nonna! ;-)

     
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