Friday, January 24, 2014

Why you need a potato & onion storage bin

This is absolutely the most awesome gift I have been given in years! This is a potato and onion storage bin. I have no idea how old it is or where it originally was purchased. Sadly, it was the item chosen for us from a relatives estate last summer. I have to admit that it was a perfect choice for us! I think of our beloved Nunny every single time I use it and it matches the decor here perfectly.

storage box root vegetable


As you know, both potatoes and onions need cool, dark & dry storage. Many people tend to store them together since they prefer the same climate...however if they're too close together they will actually spoil faster. EEK! The nice thing about this bin is that the compartments are completely separate. They also have a small hole in the back of each to allow limited airflow.  

Our main kitchen is in the basement of our home. Even when I'm cooking for hours, it rarely gets hot. This makes for the perfect temperature for a root vegetable storage area.

potato storage bin



This bin appears to be handmade. I've done a little research and have seen it described as "Typical Americana" and 'vintage' (pretty sure that's just a catch-all term for 70's and earlier! lol) We don't know how long Nunny had it. We don't know if it was handed down to her, or if she purchased it new. I often wonder if it reminded her of the past. I do try very hard to bring back the past here at the farm! I don't grow potatoes, so that's a grocery bag in there. I did grow those onions though! Yummy! 


What a great way to store the harvest! It's even inspired me to try to grow my own potatoes this summer. I'll let you know how it goes!

~L    

4 comments:

  1. I know someone who could use that...that is a perfect bin! thanks for sharing...

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    1. You can find new ones at Amish style woodworking stores...at least around here they have them. I did see some on Ebay while trying to research it. Good luck!

      ~L

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  2. Deja Vu because my mom had something like this years ago...You have a great find there! :)

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    1. I think I recall my grat grandmother having one years ago too. Thanks for stopping by!

      ~L

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