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Don't keep your tomatoes in the fridge! They get mealy tasting.
I think I just need overall food storage help, lol. My new grain order came, and I'm trying out some new stuff, so I have gamma buckets of hard white, hard red, durum, buckwheat, kamut, spelt, soft white, and popcorn cluttering up the eat in area of my kitchen. I have no idea what to do with those, it's like we're living in a warehouse. I can keep the dried beans, dried peppers (once they're dried), dried herbs, various types of rice, potatoes and so on in the pantry. But it's pretty full. It's tomato season, so I have my various heirlooms, tomatillos, and cherries all out. My son eats them like candy. The lemons and limes are producing like crazy, and my kumquats and sour orange crop (for marmalade) look like it's going to be insane. I'll be standing on a street corner with a sign "Free kumquats to good home" lol. Our apples trees are only doing so-so this year, though. I think its been too dry.
Fridge fruits and veggies are easy. I just hide them in the big silver box and no on sees them. But the counter fruits are tough. Some days I feel like I don't have any counter space left at all, and I've got a really big kitchen. If I am airing out coffee that I roasted, and just harvested peppers and tomatoes, it's pretty bad. I need to roast coffee today, so it's on my mind right now. I guess I'll make a bunch of lemon and limeade to free up coffee space, so I will still have room to make bread today.
I'm leaning towards the wall storage idea. I'll have to see how my husband feels about making some little fruit shelves for the walls. Then I can get the clutter off the counters, and the fruit will still be easy to grab. I will still probably need to keep the melons on the counter, but we don't grow a lot of those.