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Posted by on Jan 2, 2012 in Commentary | 1 comment

How to store fruits, veggies artistically (w/o a fridge)

Many make New Year’s resolutions, promising to improve themselves in the coming year. Pledges to quit smoking or lose weight are admirable, but I have a different set of New Year’s resolutions.

One is to reduce the amount of food I waste. According to Enviromental Protection Agency, nearly 31 million tons of food waste went to landfills or incinerators in 2008. Repurposing it as compost is only part of the solution.

Dutch-Korean artist Jihyun Ryou rediscovered how our ancestors stored fresh fruits and vegetables in the days before refrigeration. One of her innovations is shrinking the old-fashioned root cellars to small, wall-mounted sizes. She calls it, “saving food from the refrigerator.”

If you need some food-storage tips or have ideas to share with others, go to Share Your Knowledge. The U.S. Green Chamber of Commerce has 50 tips on repurposing leftovers into time-saving, nutritious dishes.

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