Sunday, November 6, 2011

Our Root Cellar

This is our very humble attempt at storing food for the winter. If we're lucky, we have enough to last our family about 3 days so far. ;)

Our storage system, newly implemented this year, is a steel cabinet in our basement, which was salvaged (with permission!) from our neighbor's backyard. We drilled in a few holes for ventilation, cleaned it up and it became a perfect, rodent-proof vessel for food storage.

Though we didn't preserve nearly as much food as we would have liked, we did manage to put up a fair amount. We may actually have enough jam to get us through the winter (strawberry, cherry-vanilla, apple butter, pear butter, and plum), along with a few jars of pickles, a small precious jar of dried tomatoes, canned pears, applesauce, and some pear fruit leather. We also have managed to stash away some frozen peaches/nectarines, blackberries and strawberries. A good start, and hopefully next year this cabinet will be packed with an even larger bounty.


  1. Looks like a beautiful first start on a root cellar! I'm so envious though. I've always wanted to have a root cellar cellar but living in an apartment doesn't give us many options. I would try digging into the earth behind out kitchen wall but I don't think the management would approve. :(

  2. Thanks David! That is too bad. Wouldn't it be awesome if there were community root cellars for apartment dwellers (maybe in conjunction with P-Patches/community gardens)? That's the kind of infrastructure we need! :)