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If you are fortunate enough to have a root cellar, it is a great way of storing many types of fruits and vegetables to last throughout the winter, so you can enjoy fresh veggies in the dead of winter, as well as having a store of vegetables in emergencies.  Most people are probably familiar with the fact that onions and potatoes are popular root cellar staples, but here is a full list of what you can store throughout the winter in your root cellar.

  • apples
  • beets
  • carrots
  • cabbage
  • citrus fruits
  • garlic
  • onions
  • pears
  • potatoes
  • pumpkin
  • squash
  • tomatoes

You want to make sure anything for your root cellar is not picked to early or too late, and preferably harvested during a dry weather period.  If you are harvesting root vegetables (ie. potatoes, beets), do not allow them to sit out in the sun for a long period of time, you want to make sure you move them into your root cellar immediately.

Always check food carefully before storing in a root cellar.  You want to make sure they are bruise-free, that skins haven’t been accidentily punctured and that they are disease-free.  One bruise on an apple could not only result in the entire batch of apples going bad, it can also spread to nearby fruits and veggies too.

There are a few books on root cellaring that I recommend, especially if you have either never stored fruits and vegetables in a root cellar before. The Everything Root Cellaring is only $6, so a great price for a lot of information, or check and see if your local library has one.

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