If you have a bamboo steamer basket and not much storage space in your kitchen, make your steamer basket pull double duty by storing onions, garlic and shallots in it. Here's why it's perfect for the job. Bamboo steamer baskets are designed to allow air (and steam) to flow in and out, which is also the perfect environment to store onions and garlic. They will stay protected and cool, keeping them fresh for when you want to cook with them. You will have to brush any loose skins out of the basket before using the basket itself for cooking again, but making the most of your storage space is worth the few extra seconds cleaning.
Steamer Storage [Martha Stewart]