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December 27, 2006

Book Review: Root Cellaring: Natural Cold Storage of Fruits and Vegetables

Filed under: review, books, food — suzanne henderson @ 2:23 am

Root Cellaring

[Root Cellaring] by [ Mike and Nancy Bubel] addresses the somewhat forgotten method of fruit and vegetable storage - the root cellar. This book does an excellent job discussing the traditional root cellar while also making considerations for households that (probably) lack this luxury. This book can help you construct something small or elaborate or help you find nooks and crannies around your house to store a fall harvest of vegetables and fruits.

The books lists storage and growing details for each crop that help you grow and harvest them at the right time and use them before they’ve gone bad. Common problems and challenges are addressed along with lists of vegetables that are particularly hardy and are standard in most root cellars (or similar storage location).

While, I felt some of the options listed were not very practical - like burying large barrels of food stores in the yard - there were ideas for every situation. I liked that the book made storing vegetables possible for modern households and lifestyles - with and without modifications to the home (found space versus made space). If you’re just looking for a way to keep your farmstand produce fresh for a few more weeks, this book will be very helpful. If you want to go all and start tilling the ground, you’ve also got a great reference text.

Another nice perk is the Bubel’s month-to-month produce usage list that includes fresh, cellared, and frozen produce - it helps paint a realistic picture of what is possible with proper planning. Overall, this is an excellent book that I highly recommend to anyone who likes to cook and eat fresh produce.