Awesome Produce Storage


As a family of 4 vegetarians, we go through a lot of produce. A LOT! I tried lots of different ways to store the non-refrigerated stuff so that the whole family could access it easily when a snack attack hit hardest.
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I tried the hanging produce basket but it just didn't hold enough, not nearly enough.
We also tried stuffing everything in a corner on the counter. That looked junky and tended to lead to rotting fruit without proper ventilation.
I started looking around the kitchen and my eyes settled on the passthrough that seemed to mostly just collect junk (you know, like plastic dog butt hooks). I knew I could do something good with that space.
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I had to get creative.
I started out by creating baskets using hardware cloth. I folded down the top edge, being very careful to hide away all sharp edges from hands as well as produce.
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I also folded in then clipped the bottom edge to create a rounded shape. I used my staple gun to secure the baskets in place.
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I also purchased some frosty non-adhesive shelf liner which I cut to fit in the bottom of each basket to protect soft fruit from getting grid marks. This also made it easier to clean the baskets when something went bad.
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I cut a piece of plexiglass then secured it to the hall/living room side of the passthrough. The final task was to add stained trim along all the edges to give it a more finished look.
With some hardware cloth, a sheet of plexiglass, some stained trim and a bit of creativity, I created a fantastic place to store produce.
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Lots and lots of produce!
For more details on the project, check out the breakdown on my blog.

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