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A Coimbatore-based potter has provide you with an earthen ‘fridge’ that may preserve greens contemporary for as much as 4 days

A Coimbatore-based potter has provide you with an earthen ‘fridge’ that may preserve greens contemporary for as much as 4 days

There’s a energy outage on the Sivasamy family that afternoon. His spouse has pulled up a charpoy by the again door and is fanning herself. Their grandson has lit a candle inside his room to review. M Sivasamy himself is huffing and puffing, saying, “The warmth!”. However their greens should not complaining. Seated snugly inside an earthen pot association, they’re contemporary and aromatic of the earth. Sivasamy, a potter based mostly in Karumathampatti close to Coimbatore, constructed the contraption in 2018, that he calls ‘earthen fridge’.

Vegetables placed in a compartment inside the pot can stay fresh for upto four days

Greens positioned in a compartment contained in the pot can keep contemporary for upto 4 days
| Picture Credit score: PERIASAMY M

“I used to be on the wheel one afternoon, chatting with my kin as I labored, once we got here up with the concept,” remembers the 70-year-old, who runs a sprawling earthenware retailer out of his dwelling. Having labored with clay all his life, Sivasamy was searching for methods to reinvent his craft that appeared to wane in recognition. “All I needed to do was tweak an already present design,” he says.

The fridge is available in two sizes: two toes and two-and-a-half toes in size. It’s in essence a cylindrical earthen pot with a plastic faucet. “Actually, every of those variants can maintain as much as 15 and 18 litres of water,” factors out Sivasamy. The greens are saved in a separate cylindrical earthen pot that may slide into the larger one. It sits contained in the pot like a float, a layer of water round it on the surface to protect its contents.  

“We have now seen that greens keep contemporary for as much as 4 days,” says Sivasamy, including, “It can be used to retailer eggs, milk and curd.” The concept is to assist run a sustainable kitchen. “Many individuals are drawn in the direction of earthen pots for the candy odor of rain and earth that the pots lend when used for storage,” says Sivasamy. “Greens saved on this fridge too carry the perfume,” he says.

Sivasamy will get the contraption made at close by Sampanthampalayam. “Clay accessible within the village is of excellent high quality,” he provides. The primary couple of years when he put up the contraption on the market, it didn’t have many takers. “However this summer time has been good, sales-wise,” he says.

Sivasamy is from a household of potters. “My father, grandfather, and great-grandfather had been potters too,” he says, including: “These days, we made nothing apart from pots and lamps for Karthigai Deepam.” Right now although, his store has a variety of earthen cookware, in addition to earthen tumblers and water bottles.

“Typically, when I’ve a buyer strolling in, asking for a fridge, I smile considering what my ancestors would say,” he says. “A fridge, made from clay?” he chuckles, “They might have laughed in disbelief.”

The earthen fridge, that may be shipped throughout India, is priced at ₹1,600 and ₹1,800. For particulars, name 8015032612.

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