Question: What is the modern equivalent of a root cellar? Answer: A root cellar, of course. Unfortunately, most of us don’t have one these days (I imagine that even my grandmother’s has been turned into a basement rec room by now).
The next best thing? Get a woven basket with good ventilation that allows air to circulate around your onions and heads of garlic. Hang the basket in a cool spot and your vegetables will stay fresh for weeks. We’ve rounded up 10 of our favorite woven hanging baskets for onion and garlic storage:
Natural Fiber Baskets
Above: Handwoven in North Carolina, a Root Basket keeps vegetables dry and within easy reach; $39 from Clyde Oak. Note: If you have space for two baskets, separate the potatoes to avoid contaminating them with onion odors.
Above: Woven from fiber rush, a “tautly twisted paper material,” an Onion Basket measures 10 to 13 inches high and has a 4½-inch handle; $15 from Gather Journal.
Above: Made of reed, a Shaker Onion Basket “smells like a hayride through a forest on a fall day,” says Alisa Grifo, proprietor of the homewares store Kiosk; $45 from Cooper Hewitt.
Above: A set of two hand-woven rattan Onion Baskets (the tall one is 14 inches high, including its handle; the smaller one is 13½ inches) is $29.95 from Williams-Sonoma.
Above: A vintage, one-of-a-kind Three Tier Woven Wicker Hanging Basket is $22 from White Elephant Co. via Etsy. For a contemporary version, a three-tier Hanging Basket woven from Nito vine measures 25 inches tall and 12 inches in diameter; $59.50 from Kouboo.
Above: Working with dyed jute and cane, Auckland artist Ruth Castle weaves Black Garlic Baskets in three sizes; for pricing and availability, see Everyday Needs.
Above: A steel wire Spherical Hanging Basket made in Connecticut is 14 inches high including the hanging loop and will hold garlic, onions, or small tomatoes; $60 from Provisions.
Above: A Traditional Garlic Basket will hold from five to six bulbs; £8.75 from Nutley’s Kitchen Gardens.
Above: Made in France, a galvanized Metal Basket with a wooden handle measures 25 centimeters long (nearly 10 inches) and is â‚¬24 from Neí«st.
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