Several months ago I purchased a few reusable mesh produce sacks with drawstring cords from my local supermarket. They are made by Earthwise Bags. I am pleased to find that these bags have been doing a great job keeping my produce neatly separated in each of my fridge drawers. When I first began keeping house, I didn’t quite understand that the plastic produce bags encouraged rot by trapping in moisture despite the unsealed tops. They have been handy in temporarily storing onions, any fragile type of vegetables like broccoli florets, cilantro, cauliflower florets and keeping them all neatly contained. I also love to organize groups of the same fruit in these bags. On the packaging, it suggests that you can wash your produce prettily easily in them, although I haven’t tried this. I normally rinse out the mesh bags under running water and leave them on the dish rack to dry, though the packaging states they are also machine washable. I wonder if one can use them to spin water out of rinsed salad greens? They are very handy to have and I’m glad I gave them a chance.
My recent trip to the NY Botanical Garden’s bookstore led me to a luscious table laden with prettily packaged kitchen and garden soaps by Horto Botanico with the most delicious scents. As much as one’s pantry needs to be well-stocked with food and drink, so too are soaps and the like as important. The kitchen is very much a second home to me in that I can be found here most evenings so I’m beginning to think of this room a bit differently and wanting to put in nice little touches (no different than a bedroom or an office). The kitchen is a room most lived-in, well-loved, and may I dare say the heart of many homes so the choices we make in decor and detail should reflect this.