No one can afford to spoil a bag of cherries, and we mean that quite literally. According to Public Utilities in Seattle, the average family throws away $130 worth of edible food each month. Because there is so much fruit that it is best not to keep refrigerated—plums, peaches, pineapples, avocados, bananas and citrus to start—good storage is the key to enjoying ripe produce and keep an organized kitchen. We’ve found seven ingenious ideas for storing fruit, from hanging baskets (which are perfect if you’re short on counter space) to drawers and pantries (if you’ve got room to spare). May your bananas never brown too quickly again.
Think of: vertical fruit storage
If you’re short on counter space (who isn’t?), get inspired by Samantha Sawle of My neutral nestwho taught himself to macrame these baskets during the lockdown to counter the lack of fruit storage in her camper. (You just loop the cotton cord over a hook on the wall or, better yet, the ceiling.) Now the craft is a bona fide side gig. “I don’t have the largest kitchen, so anything that helps me save space on the countertop is a plus for me,” Sawle says. “Especially if it can look cute at the same time.”
With a three-level wall-mounted wire rack—this is available at Etsy—you can save yourself precious space and organize your fruit by type, so you don’t have to fumble through a bowl to find your last little lemon.
You will never forget your daily portion of fruit when it is stored in a woven willow basket, handmade by Julie Gurro (she even grows the material herself). The wide lip of the large version makes it a good match for apples and oranges. Gur also offers a longer, narrower designwhich goes with smaller fruits such as lemons and limes.
Choose a fruit storage bowl, but better
There is more to this beautiful Emile Henry storage bowl than appears at first glance. The ceramic base provides a dark, temperature-stable place for potatoes, onions, and under-ripe fruit, while the shallow lid is for items that need to breathe (think: apples, bananas, and pears). Even the cork rim is made intentionally – it’s inspired by the old trick of throwing a wine cork into your fruit bowl to soak up extra moisture and keep fruit flies away.
We can think of a dozen uses for this colorful IKEA wire baskets (a place for socks, hair products, or printer ink, for starters), but they’re especially perfect for storing fruits and vegetables. The steel mesh ventilates the items, reducing moisture build-up, so your goods stay fresher for longer.
Go all out with built-in fruit storage
In the 18th century, long before refrigeration, kitchen essentials such as fruits, vegetables, bread, and milk were kept in a pantry just like this one British standard design. Vents are installed to allow air to flow over a shelf, often made of marble, keeping the ingredients cool. Add a cutting board and you have a place to store both and preparing lunch.
If your household is working its way through what feels like a dozen apples a day, consider reserving a cupboard for fruit storage. Ditch the typical doors and shelves and install slatted bases like this one from Normal English, which are made of oak and sit on traditional wooden runners. “It’s all about airflow,” reiterates Imogene Pritchard, the company’s US design director.
When in doubt, keep things colorful
Remember when Dakota Johnson broke the internet with her? fruit bowl with only limes? If building a built-in fruit cabinet seems too daunting, just take a page from the star book and store your produce in small barrels, categorized by color. With this seamless system, your fridge or kitchen table will immediately look tidier. Plus, you know what they say about your rainbow-like food.