As a 21st century man, I’ve never thought of going a day without my refrigerator. I have a fit when my filter makes my water murky, I get pissed when my ice maker stops churning out cubes, and boy…you don’t want to be around me when the crusher jams.
I’ve never thought back to the simpler times when we didn’t have technology to aid us with man’s most basic of needs. What did we do to keep our food fresh hundreds of years ago? They didn’t shop Costco in bulk, did they?
From an egg storage system that checks age by water displacement, to sticking carrots downwards in sand to regulate humidity, this article is chocked full of interesting information about how designer Jihyun Ryou unlocks nature’s basic rules for longevity in your mind. Kick the fridge, stop wasting so much food, and get back to your roots.
Did you know that storing apples with your potatoes prevents them from sprouting those roots? It’s because of the ethylene gas that apples give off and that potatoes absolutely love.
Jihyun explains my plight:
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.
She hit it right on the dot.
Head over to the sources for more information and some inspirational pictures of how it’s done. With one weekend and a couple materials, you can kick that obsessive fridge habit. Well, maybe not…I love my chopped ice.