Wednesday, October 26, 2011
I hadn't thought much about root cellaring until I saw this book and started contemplating why this method of storing fruits and vegetables might be important. One answer is obvious: If the electricity went out for any length of time, all the fruits and vegetables I have in my freezer (which is mostly what I have in there) would need to be used quickly or go bad. The other answer is that, while home canning is an important skill to know and use, and that is a great way to build up food storage, it also takes a lot of energy (physically and electrically) to put up food that way--so it's not actually the most environmentally friendly option. Besides that, eating your produce fresh (or fresh-cooked) is more nutritious than eating bottled goods anyway.
Do any of you have a cellar or had one growing up? Memories? Do any of you have aspirations, like I do, to build one?