If you find yourself with a large harvest of potatoes from your garden or you got a great deal on a bulk purchase at the supermarket, you'll need somewhere to store your potatoes. While potatoes need somewhere dark and cool to be stored, a refrigerator is not the answer. A potato bin is easy to make and keeps your potatoes out of the light to prevent sprouting before you have a chance to use them. You can make a second bin for storing onions.
Things You'll Need
- 2 1-by-12 inch boards, 12 inches long for base and lid
- 4 3-by-3 inch blocks, 3 inches long for feet
- Screws, 2 inches long
- Screwdriver or drill
- 2 1-by-10 inch boards, 20 inches long for sides
- 1 1-by-12 inch board, 20 inches long for front
- 1 1-by-12 inch piece of peg board, 20 inches long for back
- 1 1-by-8 inch board, 8 inches long for lid
- Drawer handle with screws
Space out your 3 by 3 inch blocks to create a square. Set one of the 1 foot square boards over the blocks. Reposition, if needed, to align the blocks to be flush with the edges of the square base. Screw one screw through the base and into the blocks. Have someone hold the block still so the screw does not spin the block. Set the base aside.
On a flat surface or floor, hold one of the sideboards upright so it is 20 inches tall. Set the front board against the side board. Make the ends flush with the 1 inch edge of the side pressing against the side of the frontboard. Screw through the frontboard and into the sideboard, using four screws spaced every 5 inches.
Align the second sideboard to the opposite edge of the frontboard in the same manner to begin to create the bin. Make sure your edges are flush. Screw the two boards together using four screws, five inches apart.
Place the peg board along the back against the ends of the side boards. Hold the boards flush. Close the bin by screwing the peg board into the side pieces with four screws placed five inches apart.
Set the base piece you created earlier over the bin with the block "feet" facing up. Attach the base to the bin by placing two screws four inches apart on each side through the base bottom and into the sides, front, and back. Flip the bin over and place where ever you want it in your kitchen or pantry. Set the peg board backing along a wall with half to one inch between the bin and the wall to allow for air flow.
Set the 1 foot square lid board down on a flat surface. Place the 8 inch square board on top of the other square. Center the top board so there is two inches of the bottom board showing through on all sides. Insert a screw at each corner to attach.
Turn the lid over and attach the drawer handle of your choice to the center of the large square. Set the lid over the bin. The two inch gap will leave room for the sides of the bin while not letting the lid get knocked off of the bin easily.
Tips & Warnings
- You may want to place a plastic bag along the bottom of the bin, followed by a piece of newspaper. This can help protect your bin in case you have a potato that goes bad inside the bin.
- If possible, store your bin in a cool, dark place to keep the potatoes from sprouting. If you use potatoes often, this may not be a problem. If you are less frequent about cooking with potatoes, check the bin regularly for spoilage.
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