We've never actually used these in the kitchen, and perhaps we'd be a little skeeved out by this idea if we had. But free from association with actual food, the bamboo steamer strikes us as particularly well suited for cotton ball and Q-tip storage.
And it doesn't stop there. Rolled up washcloths and hospitality items for guests would fit in a larger one. Chunky jewelry might look nice against the slatted bottoms.
Appealing, natural and renewable — check; compact and stacking — check; inexpensive — check, check, check. Has anyone tried this before? Or is even suggesting such a use for the bamboo steamer an offense to chefs everywhere?
Image: Legend Cookshop