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Smart Buy: Adorable Maine-Made Onion Baskets

It pains me to admit this, but I’ve been known to store my garlic, onions, potatoes, and avocados all in one bowl that’s kept on the kitchen counter. I know intellectually that potatoes shouldn’t be allowed to mingle with onions—something about potatoes not liking the ethylene gas that onions emit (who would blame them?)—and having avocados in that mix feels somehow wrong, too. But at the same time, I don’t want to clutter my counter with multiple storage bowls.

I’ve long been curious about Shaker onion baskets, ever since Justine wrote about hers. So when I saw that Sugar Tools, in Maine, stocks them (see Julie’s post about the website), I knew I had the perfect solution to my problem: A trio of these charming onion baskets would allow me to organize my tubers, onions, and fruits separately—and keep them off the counter, to boot.

Onion Basket, Image by Justine Hand
Above: Justine’s Shaker onion basket, hanging from the wall of her cottage kitchen, is from Kiosk but currently out of stock. Photograph by Justine Hand.
Sugar Tools’ Onion Baskets are handmade in Maine from rattan. The loose weave allows for proper air flow and discourages moisture and mold. They measure 9.5 inches tall (including handle); $28 each.
Above: Sugar Tools’ Onion Baskets are handmade in Maine from rattan. The loose weave allows for proper air flow and discourages moisture and mold. They measure 9.5 inches tall (including handle); $28 each.
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