What To Do With Vegetables

Gwyneth Paltrow's blog is unbelievably annoying, but every once in a while, I will stroll over there to see how the other half lives. Through gritted teeth, I read her newsletter about an apartment that was renovated for her during a three month movie shoot in Nashville. Of course, this temporary apartment was better than my permanent residence, which brought up my "after-the-revolution" fantasies. Still, I did love her vegetable stand. You keep it on the counter and it helps remind you of what needs to be cooked.

Tray1 

I also liked these veggie pouches in the Crate and Barrel catalog. I'm very anal retentive, and I like the idea of keeping my vegetables in color coded bags. It's probably good for the environment, too, but that's not the point. A tidy vegetable bin is the point.

Veggies

7 thoughts on “What To Do With Vegetables

  1. I’ve got a decor question. I normally keep ripening fruit out on the counter in paper lunch bags. It ripens the fruit very nicely. The problem is the paper bags on the counter, which are unsightly. How does one go about ripening fruit:
    1. effectively
    2. without exposing the fruit to the fruit flies, which are extremely energetic in our climate
    3. in an aesthetically pleasing manner

  2. Reading about Gwyneth Paltrow arouses no feelings–or at least not an envious one–in me, because I don’t consider her to be part of the same culture, or moral universe, or whatever, as I. It’s like reading about how Secretariat lives. In contrast, investment bankers’ salaries annoy me.

  3. Amy P, my grandmother had a gadget we called a “fruit ripener.” That may have been its name, as a Google search produced this: http://www.fantes.com/fruit-ripener.html. It works well. I don’t know if it outsmarts fruit flies.
    When we’ve had fruit flies, I’ve found that keeping everything in the fridge, or in the grocery store plastic bags, gradually gets rid of the flies. Not aesthetically pleasing.
    NOW, on to my question: why would you color-code your vegetables? Should they be filed? The bags would be useful, to avoid the grocery store produce bags.

  4. The problem is the paper bags on the counter, which are unsightly.
    If you have young children and the most unsightly thing on your kitchen counter is a paper bag, you should probably just congratulate yourself and leave the bag there.

  5. We tried this with the last batch of veggies from the Farm-to-Work thing they do at the office. They were varied, unusual, and organic — too beautiful to hide away in the fridge.
    However, since we live in the same blackland prairie of Texas as Amy P, it took us a month to get rid of the resulting flies.
    Not recommended.

  6. I like the aesthetics of the fruit ripener that cranberry posted, but it looks like it’s got little holes for ventilation. In the cooler months here in Texas, I can boldly put out an open fruit dish, but during the summer I suppose I’ll just have to suffer with paper bags. One nice thing I have noticed is that fresh pineapples 1) are very pretty sitting out on a counter and 2) don’t seem to produce fruit flies.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s