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How do you store your fruit?

I am not looking for any detailed personal information.

I am just curious what type of fruit storage is the most popular. If you had to pick between two systems:

1.) Hanging Basket

2.) Hammock

which would you choose/use already?

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A hammock is MUCH easer to fit into awkward places and is much more rugged than a hanging basket. Every hanging basket I've ever used broke in rough weather.
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My personal experience is at odds with most sailing books. While I agree that ventilation is important, I've found that hammocks and hanging baskets are not good for fruit. I hung a hammock athwartships where it couldn't possibly hit anything and still ended up with orange juice and apple sauce all over my berth. Bad news.

Hammocks are good for clothes and other odds and ends. I haven't found a good use for hanging baskets on a boat that sails on passages regularly.

I keep fruit in fiber baskets on the galley counter. On passage I keep them in canvas bags around the boat.
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I use hammocks with the fruit wrapped in paper towels. No juice or apple sauce.
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More important than how you hang them is how do you surface treat them .... I wash them with a Tbsp. of Clorox in ~1 ltr. of water before storing. Keeps the mold and mildew from growing on the surface and that greatly retards 'spoilage' and prolongs the storage time. ditto with onions, garlic, tomatoes, etc.

I used to store in hanging mesh bags and 'hammocks', etc. .... you can make a nice puree that way in a heavy sea state. Nowadays, I store in open mesh 'baskets' ... much alike as 'Auspicious' does.
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I use hammocks with the fruit wrapped in paper towels. No juice or apple sauce.
Ah...good point...stone fruit is the hardest to store..even when at anchor peaches , plums, nectarines turn to mush in a hammock but the paper towel idea just might work.

I'm also thinking of trying to line the string hammock thingy with the same non skid stuff we line drawers and cupboards with. Thinking this might absorb some of the shock.

Other fruit different method. For bananas the best idea is to try and get them as green as possible plus a few that are nearly ripe. Apples and Oranges don't seem to be a problem. Cherries and grapes are a disaster which I solve by storing internally. Same goes with fresh figs.

oh and btw ... Jones... you are incorrigible ....
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Sorry guys, - in a fruit store(r)

Actually a small hanging net like a hammock - fits under the companionway stairs, in the galley
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