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jihyun ryou's food preservation

i've gotta tell ya, the smaller refrigerators in europe definitely challenge my americanness.  you know, the stock-up-because-i-don't-want-to-go-to-the-grocery-store-more-than-once-a-week-and-maybe-i'll-even-get-a-better-deal-that-way mentality.  jihyun ryou has some pretty innovative solutions to save space in your refrigerator and more importantly, her ideas save on energy.

the project is called 'save food from the fridge' and jihyun states that "through the research into the current situation of food preservation, i've learned that we hand over the responsibility of taking care of food to the technology, the refrigerator.  we don't observe the food any more and we don't understand how to treat it."

it's a bold statement, but i realize that i really don't know much about food preservation.  i definitely know about some basic nutritional stuff and what foods i like (and miss--for example in-n-out burger, sigh), but clearly i've got a lot left to learn.

apples emit a lot of ethylene gas and therefore speed up the ripening process of fruits and vegetables kept near them.  when stored with potatoes, however, apples prevent them from sprouting.

egss have millions of holes in their shells and absorb the odors and substances around them very easily.  this makes them taste off when stored in the fridge with other items.  this nifty shelf does the trick by providing a perfect place for eggs outside of the fridge.  also, the freshness of an egg can be tested in the glass of water perfectly integrated into the shelf.  the fresher the egg, the deeper it will sink.

zucchini and cucumber are actually fruits and by watering them every day, they will stay fresh outside of le fridge.

keeping roots in a vertical position keeps them fresher longer.  the sand serves to keep them upright as well as maintain proper humidity.

rice absorbs humidity very easily, so the space container with rice inside helps spices to stay dry and lump-free.


wowsers, i have learned so much!  thanks, jihyun!