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Root Cellars: Store Fresh Food with no Electricity
Growing one’s own fruit and vegetables is a healthy, environmentally conscious and deliciously rewarding, but can be impractical outside of the growing season. Freezing is one option, but with winter storms comes power outages. Just one long power outage can spoil everything. Alternatively, some types of fruit and vegetables can be canned or dehydrated, but nothing beats fresh food in terms of nutrition and taste.
An old practice that’s making a comeback is the use of root cellars. A root cellar is a food storage area that’s traditionally underground, with a stable temperature and ambient humidity. In this article from Family Food Garden, there are step-by-step instructions on how to build your own root cellar. The plans vary from the simple, small storage container to the large, in-ground structures so virtually anyone can make their own root cellar. I don’t have much space on my property, so I followed the tutorial for setting one up in my basement.