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5 Ways To Store Potatoes So They Last For Months. Hobbit Style Root Cellar. I had the good fortune to meet the people who built this root cellar .

Hobbit Style Root Cellar

They allowed me to check it out and photograph it . I decided such a wonderful hobbit-hole needed to be shared with you ! Above you can see the entrance to the root cellar , or cold storage, built to preserve the vast amount of fruit and vegetables this family grows. If you walk up their driveway this is what you'll see.

A beautiful rock garden where the plants thrive in extreme temperatures This area of the U.S. has very hot summers and very cold winters. The home sits below some beautiful mountains and overlooks meadows where elk, deer, cattle , and wild turkeys graze. Inside the root cellar ( they hadn't yet begun to fill it up with their harvest when we were there ) are bins for potatoes, onions, apples. I could easily covet this fine hobbit hole . Solar Food Dehydrator. Many of you are dehydrating food in order to preserve it.

Solar Food Dehydrator

In a conversation recently with the Shibaguyz, I promised to post pictures of my solar food dehydrator. I bought it about fifteen or sixteen years ago from an advertisement in Earth Garden or Grass Roots (I can't remember which). It is called a Solar Safe and is manufactured in Euroa; the address is RMB 2317 Euroa, Vic 3666. I do not know whether or not they are still in production nor how much they would cost. I'm thinking that a handy person could probably construct one of these. Here is the front view. As you can see, the bottom of the drier and the back panel are covered internally with black plastic. This is the side view. Root Cellaring: The Key to Making Your Produce Last - Off The Grid News. Without the use of a refrigerator the modern world would probably teeter on the edge of chaos (only kidding, but maybe not far off), as we have become so accustomed to having modern conveniences, that we forget what it may have been like to not have them.

Root Cellaring: The Key to Making Your Produce Last - Off The Grid News

Even without widespread energy concerns and while we have our modern refrigerators, there may still be a good usage for root cellars and for preparing ourselves with the mentality that perpetuates things like root cellars. It is better to have them now so that they are ready when we need them. It’s a long-time old-world practice to store root vegetables in optimum conditions to extract the maximum usable life out of them; this includes everything from carrots to onions, to beets, potatoes and turnips. It prevents freezing of vegetables, spoiling, flavor degradation, and allows harvests to be enjoyed more fully.

Food Storage Shelf. Preparation Instructions: Fill all holes with wood filler and let dry.

Food Storage Shelf

Apply additional coats of wood filler as needed. When wood filler is completely dry, sand the project in the direction of the wood grain with 120 grit sandpaper. Best Way To Bleed A Chicken. Pioneering Today-How to Butcher a Whole Pig for a Roast-Part 1 – Melissa K. Norris. Successful cold storage. {how to} Cold Storage 101 – from scratch club. Pork Preservation Success!!! We’ve had a huge success here at Hillside Homestead with our historic meat preservation experiments.

Pork Preservation Success!!!

Hog butchering was Dec 13, 2012. Much of that meat was salt cured and some of it was stored in crocks in between layers of lard. And the larded meat has been a big success. Yesterday we opened the crocks and took out the first layer. One crock was packed with raw pork chops and another with cooked pork chops. Packing meat in lard is a very old food preservation technique. This is back in December. And here is another cooked pork chop going in and now for the beginning of the unveiling….. looks like and smells like fresh pork! Two of the raw pork chops excavated from their lard layer and ready for extraction! First beautiful pork chop comes out o the crock just as good as it was 3 months ago, without any electric refrigeration or freezing!

Here are two raw pork chops ready for the oven and two cooked pork chops. The final results! The pork chops were Delicious and preserved perfectly sweet!