Sunday, November 6, 2011
Our Root Cellar
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.