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Root Cellaring: Natural Cold Storage of Fruits and Vegetables Hardcover – Sep 1 1991


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  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Storey Books; 2 Sub edition (September 1991)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0882667408
  • ISBN-13: 978-0882667409
  • Product Dimensions: 23.1 x 15.5 x 3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 680 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #2,193,334 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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43 of 44 people found the following review helpful By Wendy A. B. Whipple on Sept. 24 2002
Format: Paperback
This is a great book for (food) gardeners and for people who have some land available to them. Although there are suggestions for "nooks and crannies" in your house, most of those ideas sound like ideas for older (draftier) homes.
The suggestions for building your own working root cellar are clear, with illustrations to help you plan. There are lists of things that keep well and under what conditions to keep them. The authors even list certain varieties of (for instance) apples that keep better than others. There's a month-by-month plan of what could be coming out of your garden, going into the root cellar, and what could be canned or frozen. If you have a large garden, this is an incredibly useful book.
However, those of us with smaller modern homes, smaller yards, and smaller, less heavily-producing gardens will be a little disappointed. As I read this, I came to the conclusion that it would be pretty darned difficult to have a root cellar on our property, because we don't have a useable cool north corner to put one in. Not impossible, mind you, it would just take a lot more effort, planning, and money to build it.
I recommend this book highly for people who raise substantial amounts of their own produce. This book will really extend your harvest. With imagination and a little time and effort, you can have a root cellar that keeps your family in fresh food you grew all year long.
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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Gloria Walker on June 28 2002
Format: Paperback
This book is an excellent guide if you're interested in self-sufficiency. It gives the exact storage recommendations for a good number of fruits and vegetables, including which fruits and vegetables shouldn't be stored too close together.
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on Jan. 17 1999
Format: Paperback
We're fortunate to have bought a property with a well designed root cellar already in place. Until I read this book, I had no idea how a root cellar 'worked'. This book suggests what foods are best for root cellaring, how long to expect to store them, and what temperatures should be maintained. Had I not read this book I would have wasted time and enery, and lost the nutrients in some foods by canning them rather than root cellaring them. A city dweller friend of mine borrowed my book and has decided to buy it. There are variety of good root cellar plans complete with illustrations and drawings for nearly any situation.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Sarah Stine on July 12 2008
Format: Paperback
This is the best book on root cellaring that I have ever come across. If you had to buy one book on this topic this would be the one.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on Oct. 6 1998
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I was looking for how to build a root celler. Several Ideas were presented, along with what can be stored, how to store it and how long it could likely be stored. I first saw this book as a loan from another library. Now I want to get one to have as reference in my library.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on Jan. 8 2001
Format: Paperback
Outstanding book! The amount of information included makes this book well worth its price. The month-to-month calendar of what one can eat from their root cellar is especially helpful. The pictures, and descriptions, of several existing root cellars in various parts of the country was especially appreciated, and will definitely be utilized when I build my own root cellar. If you are interested in being self-sufficient, this book will be of great assistance.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By J.E. on March 27 2013
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Lots of ideas for the home gardener. This our second copy of this book, our first was leant out so many times it was falling apart. Covers many different living accomodations. (City, country, town, rural, wet,dry,etc...)We have found it very useful and no longer have to give half the produce away, nor watch it rot. If you like to garden and need somewhere to store your produce aside from canning or freezing. Look for this. Many workable ideas.
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