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Korean Designer Reimagines Food Storage, Preservation, Without A Fridge
By Anthea Quay, 22 Feb 2012
Korean designer Jihyum Ryou reimagines food storage without a fridge.
In his project ‘Save Food From The Fridge’ Ryou uses traditional word-of-mouth knowledge and everyday objects to preserve food in an eco-friendly way, without the use of a fridge to keep the food fresh.
“Observing the food and therefore changing the notion of food preservation, we could find the answer to current situations such as the overuse of energy and food wastage.” Ryou wrote on his website.
“My design is a tool to implement that knowledge in a tangible way and slowly it changes the bigger picture of society. I believe that once people are given a tool that triggers their minds and requires a mental effort to use it, new traditions and new rituals can be introduced into our culture.”
Symbiosis of Potato+Apple
Ryou keeps apples and potatoes together, as apples emit ethylene gas. Ethyene gas speeds up the ripening process of fruits and vegetables kept together with apples. With apples, the potatoes are prevented from sprouting.
Verticality of Root Vegetables
Ryou also noted that keeping roots in a vertical position allowed the organisms to save energy and remain fresh for a longer time. He made a shelf that had sand, to helps them stand easily. The sand also helps to keep proper humidity.
Humidity of Fruit Vegetables / Fruitbowl with Knowledge
Fruits and fruit vegetables, such as zucchini, aubergine and cucumber, were given a shelf or perforated dish, with a water tray at the bottom, to humidify them and keep them fresh.
With a shelf, eggs can be stored outside the fridge—so that the eggs don’t absorb odour of other food in the fridge. To test the freshness of the eggs, Ryou also included a beaker full of water—the fresher the eggs, the further they sink.
Dryness of Spices
To keep spices dry and prevent them from forming lumps, Ryou created containers with rice of the cork—as rice absorbs humidity.
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