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Air conditioning units and refrigerators are some of the most energy-sapping appliances in the home, yet we still rely on them extensively on a regular, and even daily basis.
Korean designer Jihyun Ryou, who is based in Amsterdam, explored the idea of preserving food without the use of refrigerator through her project, Save Food from the Fridge.
Some of the interesting points she highlighted include the following:
- When potatoes and apples are placed together, potatoes tend to last longer as the ethylene gas which the apples produce prevent the potatoes from sprouting. Potatoes also need to be placed in the dark.
- Root vegetables such as carrots and celery should be kept vertically - similar to how they grow - rather than horizontally.
- Fruit vegetables such as eggplants and cucumbers are biologically fruits and not suitable to be placed in the fridge as they lose nutrients and taste at low temperatures.
- Egg shells have millions of pores which absorb odours in the fridge and thus its not advisable to leave eggs in the fridge. Also, to test the freshness of an egg, drop the egg into a jar of water; fresh eggs sink, while rotten eggs float.
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