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My Freezer Was a Disaster—Here’s How I Organized It

Unlike my fridge—with its many drawers, shelves, and condiment racks for storage—my bottom-drawer freezer functions like a toy chest. It’s easy to toss something in, and even easier to lose it in a jumble of bagged vegetables and fruits, impulse buys f…

Unlike my fridge—with its many drawers, shelves, and condiment racks for storage—my bottom-drawer freezer functions like a toy chest. It’s easy to toss something in, and even easier to lose it in a jumble of bagged vegetables and fruits, impulse buys from Trader Joe’s, and various mystery containers.

I know I’m not the only one who treats their freezer like the land that time forgot. Recently, when a community member asked our Food52 Collective for tips on how to get her freezer in shape, it triggered a chorus of sympathetic complaints, and motivated me to bring order to my own frozen abyss.

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8 of Our Favorite Food-Storage Solutions

Leftovers often get a bad rap. It’s rare to spend the day looking forward to diving into a bowl of reheated pasta or day(s)-old stir-fried rice, but we think that should change. There’s no reason the delicious dinner you enjoyed the night before, or th…

Leftovers often get a bad rap. It's rare to spend the day looking forward to diving into a bowl of reheated pasta or day(s)-old stir-fried rice, but we think that should change. There's no reason the delicious dinner you enjoyed the night before, or the second half of that sandwich you loved, can't be something you're excited to finish off the next day. When done right, a meal made of leftovers can be a treat and a time-saver. After all, how often are any of us making single-servings of our favorite meals?

The key to enjoying leftovers is all in how they're stored and how easily they can be reheated. This is where Mepal comes in. The Dutch brand is known for its ergonomic, easy-to-stack, and easy-to-heat storage containers. They're the masters of combining form, style, and function in the realm of reusable food storage. Whether it's a stackable multi-piece set, a full pantry-organization kit, or a single-serving salad bowl with a built-in dressing container, their designs cater to the way you serve and store your meals.

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Why You Shouldn’t Refrigerate Bananas

Unlike a microwave, you can put whatever you want in your refrigerator. For every article on the internet that claims you should never put bananas or tomatoes or basil in your refrigerator, there’s another article outlining a very legitimate scenario w…

Unlike a microwave, you can put whatever you want in your refrigerator. For every article on the internet that claims you should never put bananas or tomatoes or basil in your refrigerator, there’s another article outlining a very legitimate scenario where refrigerating any of those ingredients would make sense.

So, instead of composing a rigid “banned foods” list for your refrigerator, we figured it’d make a bit more sense to dive into a few scenarios where the refrigerator could shorten an ingredient’s lifespan. From there, you can decide for yourself whether or not an ingredient belongs in your refrigerator.

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6 Space-Saving Tricks for Your Small Bathroom

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A small bathroom is an unavoidable inconvenience for most of us. If yo…

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A small bathroom is an unavoidable inconvenience for most of us. If you’ve lived in a big city, stayed in an old house, or shared a bathroom with multiple roommates, you know that small rooms can feel even smaller when the space isn’t used efficiently.

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An Unsuspected Storage Solution For Low-to-the-Ground Bed Frames

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I’ve always been pressed for closet space. If you, too, are used to li…

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I’ve always been pressed for closet space. If you, too, are used to living in small spaces, you know that under-bed storage is key. Unfortunately, while I love my mid-century modern bed frame, its low-to-the-ground design doesn’t lend itself to a lot of storage options. Most hard-sided containers were too tall to fit under my bed frame, so I was stuck with using flimsy soft-sided storage bags that looked messy and couldn’t hold up to sustained use. Frustrated and roaming the aisles of The Container Store, I finally stumbled upon an unlikely solution: This Wrapping Paper Storage Case. Turns out, this is just the storage hack I’ve been looking for.

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The Best Way to Store Flour Isn’t What You Think

Have you ever pulled a two-year-old bag of flour out of the cupboard and wondered if it was still good to use? As a recipe developer, I go through a bag of flour every couple of weeks, so I wondered how long does flour last and how the heck do I store …

Have you ever pulled a two-year-old bag of flour out of the cupboard and wondered if it was still good to use? As a recipe developer, I go through a bag of flour every couple of weeks, so I wondered how long does flour last and how the heck do I store it? Is there any way to know when it’s gone bad? “I advise people to remember that flour is perishable—it’s not salt, it’s not sugar, and it’s definitely not inert. Take care of it,” says Martin Philip, an award-winning author, baker, and baking ambassador for the King Arthur Baking Company. Taking a closer look at different types of flour the grains themselves will help give us the answers.


Types of Flour

All whole grain kernels are comprised of three parts: the bran, the endosperm, and the germ. The bran is the outer shell, the endosperm contains starch and protein, and the germ carries the genetic information of the grain and fat. That fat turns rancid over time, which is why some types of flour are best kept cold, while others are stable at room temperature.

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This Minimalist Ice Box Saved My Icy Beverages—& My Sanity

Despite what seems to be the popular opinion these days, my low-stakes hot take is that pellet ice is terrible. On the other end of the spectrum, the giant two-inch cubes in your whiskey glass are no better. Perhaps the worst version of ice are those s…

Despite what seems to be the popular opinion these days, my low-stakes hot take is that pellet ice is terrible. On the other end of the spectrum, the giant two-inch cubes in your whiskey glass are no better. Perhaps the worst version of ice are those stabby crescents that come clanking out of the built-in ice dispenser of your parent's '90s refrigerator and taste distinctly of “freezer."

Convinced there was no “worthy” at-home solution for on-demand ice that was worthy of my hard earned money, I resigned myself to using the usual standard plastic ice cube trays that every rental apartment freezer has. After all, they worked well enough. They froze water into a perfectly reasonable size and shape, and stacked nicely without needing too much space in my perpetually packed freezer. They release easily with a quick twist. The downside? I only had a few dozen cubes at any given time. I’d try and squirrel a zip-top bag of them away for future use, but they inevitably got lost somewhere behind three-month-old leftover stew or Parmesan cheese rinds and I’d forget about them.

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How to Store Basil & Stop It From Wilting Immediately

It may be the herb that turns thick slices of mozzarella cheese and tomato into a Caprese salad, or what perks up marinara sauce, lemon cocktails, and grilled corn. Unfortunately, basil is also a ticking time bomb: The very second I buy it from the mar…

It may be the herb that turns thick slices of mozzarella cheese and tomato into a Caprese salad, or what perks up marinara sauce, lemon cocktails, and grilled corn. Unfortunately, basil is also a ticking time bomb: The very second I buy it from the market, it slouches and slumps. Its arms are touching its toes before I even get it into my kitchen, and over the course of the week (if that long!), I inevitably watch the once-perky bunch lose the will to live. It pains me, the defeatist feeling that there’s nothing I can do to keep my basil alive. In the blink of an eye, a bunch of basil leaves will lose their vibrant green color and turn brown (or worse)

There are lots of tips for the best way to store fresh basil leaves—and I’ve tried most of them, with little repeated or sustained success. So it’s time to approach the issue more strategically, testing the methods side by side in order to determine which one will be the true lifeline.

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The Easiest Trick to Save Your Leftover Smoothie

During the pandemic, everyone seemed to cycle through new routines: baking sourdough bread, getting together with old friends for virtual happy hours, or falling in love with a new at-home workout. I started habitually drinking smoothies at least once …

During the pandemic, everyone seemed to cycle through new routines: baking sourdough bread, getting together with old friends for virtual happy hours, or falling in love with a new at-home workout. I started habitually drinking smoothies at least once a day. I found myself completely reenergized after polishing off a pint glass filled with blended dragon fruit, bananas, peaches, pineapple, and mixed berries. My newfound ability to power through any sign of an afternoon slump was accompanied by an overzealous hand in the kitchen. I went from carefully measuring each type of frozen fruit before adding it to the blender to eyeballing everything. I lost my practiced touch and ultimately dumped the excess smoothie down the drain day after day…that is, until I was scrolling through Instagram one night and watched a story posted by my colleague, Food52's Associate Editor Caroline Mullen.

She had whipped up a green smoothie earlier in the day and poured the leftovers into a silicone ice cube tray to freeze. I was immediately impressed and subsequently face palmed—why did I never think of this before?

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Winter Clothes Begone! Here’s How to Store ’Em Properly.

By the time the temperatures rise and the sun begins to set later in the evening, one thing is true: You’re about this close to chucking your winter coat out a window. After months of putting it on, taking it off, and essentially lugging it everywhere,…

By the time the temperatures rise and the sun begins to set later in the evening, one thing is true: You’re about this close to chucking your winter coat out a window. After months of putting it on, taking it off, and essentially lugging it everywhere, you’re more than ready to not lay eyes on it again until Thanksgiving. And while no one would blame you if it somehow went missing, there’s a better way to go about transitioning out of your cold-weather wardrobe: proper storage.

“If you live in a climate that has big seasonal shifts, storing out-of-season clothing will create more breathing room in your closet and make it easy to get dressed with ease—who wants to wrestle through an avalanche of heavy coats and sweaters to find their favorite summer dress?,” says Shira Gill, organizing expert and author of Minimalista. “Relocating out-of-season clothing and accessories will enable you to get dressed in a snap without hunting for the items you need for the current climate.”

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