How To Store Your Harvest

Without A Root Cellar

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Do you have an abundant harvest from your garden this year? Maybe too much zucchini, or too many tomatoes. Or maybe you just bought a lot of produce on sale. Whatever the case,  there are several ways to store your harvest without a root cellar.

WHY USE A ROOT CELLAR?

Root cellars are traditionally used to keep produce consumable through the winter months when fresh fruits and vegetables aren’t available. However, with modern-day refrigeration.

Depending on your available space, you could have a few great areas hiding around your home with ideal conditions for storing vegetables. Consider your spring, summer, and favorite fall vegetables. Depending on the variety, they might require different humidity, temperature, etc.

HOW TO STORE YOUR HARVEST WITHOUT A ROOT CELLAR

TRY OTHER INDOOR STORAGE

Attics and basements stay very cool and dry throughout the winter, ideal for storing produce in a straw-filled cardboard box. Similarly, garages also work as long as you ensure the raw vegetables don't freeze.

If you have any extra freezer space, freezing your harvest will keep it fresh-tasting, and usable throughout the winter months. However, it’s not as simple as throwing your fruits and veggies in the freezer and forgetting about them.

FREEZE THOSE FRUITS & VEGETABLES

Blanching your vegetables stops the natural decaying process (which still occurs even when frozen. It also helps keep the veggies fresh tasting and nutrient-filled for months in the freezer.

For fruits and smaller vegetables, spread them out on a tray and freeze them before packaging. This rudimentary flash-freezing helps keep their form and avoid being frozen in chunks together.

Even without a traditional root cellar, it’s easy to create your own mini cellar in the yard. Unused items like old fridges, trash cans, buckets, and pots can be repurposed and buried to construct a quick and easy cellar. Whatever you decide to use, make sure your underground root cellar has some ventilation.

BURY YOUR HARVEST WHEN YOU DON'T HAVE A ROOT CELLAR

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