Potatoes and Onions
Today’s project is something I wanted to do in October. I didn’t, but I can’t remember why. It might have been because I forgot, or it might have been because this isn’t a project with show stopping results. When you are doing one project after another, a pretty “after” is a lot like a pat on the back. This project, organizing potatoes and onions, is a lot like your mother leaning over and picking the lint off your shoulder. Annoying, but helpful.
To the left of our sink is a lazy-Susan cabinet where we keep our casserole dishes and the potatoes and onions. Right now, the potatoes and onions sit in plastic mixing bowls (sometimes in their plastic store bags, sometimes not) and slowly rot from abandon. My mom has always stored these cellar vegetables in two separate baskets in her pantry and, to her credit, rarely has a problem with rot. Of course, potatoes and onions wouldn’t dare defy her will by getting soft or sprouting greens. And, if they did, heaven knows my immigrant mother wouldn’t let a little thing like decomposition stop her from making dinner. No food goes to waste. Ever. Slice off the mold! That sprout is good luck! Quit being a baby!
I don’t have the space to store my vegetables in a basket in the pantry, but I realized shortly after our kitchen remodel in 2007 that I could store them in small baskets in the lazy Susan cabinet. It’s 2012 now, so, you know. Tick-tock! (Hunger Games)
I pulled everything out and vacuumed out the cabinet. I didn’t put anything in the donate pile. I use everything here, perhaps infrequently. I’m not really a casserole person, yet I seem to have several. Honestly, the French white Corningware dishes were a wedding present for an acquaintance whose wedding we missed at the last minute. I tried for a while to meet up with her, but our schedules never connected and when we would bump into each other on the street, it’s not like I had the dishes in my purse. She later divorced. I use them now to store leftovers from dinner.
I dream of a plastic-free kitchen. In fact, I emptied out my tupperware drawer today intent on cleaning it out. I changed my mind at the last minute. I didn’t have everything I need to replace the plastic and I felt rushed, like I was doing the project for all the wrong reasons.
I’ve been housebound for a week now, and today was no different. Nicholas has the stomach flu and Mikey is recuperating from the flu I had last week. They’re doing fine, but I couldn’t leave the house for baskets. In the end, I think that was a good thing. I’ve put this project off for 5 years, and searching for the perfect basket sounds like something I would do to procrastinate. I found this old fashioned picnic-like basket in the garage and used it to toss in all my potatoes and onions.
I panicked a bit about mixing the potatoes and onions and even researched it on Google. The jury is still out on whether I did it for curiosity or to extend this project to six years instead of five. My gut says procrastinate, because in the 12 years I have mixed potatoes and onions like a pimp I never once pondered the ramifications of this crime against nature. In case you are curious, research says no, you should not store potatoes and onions together because the chemicals they release hasten hasten spoilage in the other. Research also says 99.9% of homeowners who don’t have underground cellars or large pantries store their potatoes and onions together because life is too short to worry about root vegetables.
All together now: zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz.
In researching storing potatoes and onions, I did find these storage canisters, which are all the rage on sites like ChowHound, The Kitchn, and popular remodel websites. They’re cute, but large and expensive. I would consider buying them if I wasn’t so averse to items cluttering up my counter. I only have a few precious feet to work, and having large ceramic crocks (pretty though they may be) monopolize my work area would drive me batty.
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