If more of us valued food and cheer and song above hoarded gold, it would be a merrier world.—JRR Tolkien
ROOT CELLARING: Natural Cold Storage of Fruits and Vegetables
Authors: Mike and Nancy Bubel
Genre: Non-fiction, Prepping, Food Storage
I first checked this book out of the library to study it in 1999, I immediately purchased a copy after viewing the book to add it to my home library. It has been a valuable asset to me ever since.
While there are many books on prepping they often say “store x amount of food per person” but give little or no information on the proper way to do it.
Watching shows such as “Doomsday Preppers” can also be frustrating. Many times they will show basements or garages lined with shelve full of glass jars and no information on how or why the storage is set up. More over everything is in a glass jar. Those jars cost money and quite frankly if you have an earthquake, a tornado, a blast or anything similar those jars will break.
What if TEOTWAWKI does happen? Where are you going to get the glass jars in the future or the canning rings to seal said jars? Good old fashion common sense and a knowledge of the old ways of food storage is essential.
Not a prepper, I know I’m not, but I do like having good nutritional food stored on hand in a proper manner to feed my family at all times. While I do can, dry and freeze foods, some foods can be stored for long periods with little to know preparation in a root cellar.
No root cellar? Then create one. No don’t go rent a backhole and start digging, there are ways every person in the world can root cellar with little or no effort and no hole in the ground, but if you can dig one, so much the better.
In the book Root Cellaring Mike and Nancy Bubel take you through the steps of good root cellaring. They start you in the very beginning with what to plant that will store well in a root cellar—a good thing to know. Even if you don’t garden, you can use this info on what to buy in bulk on sale to store in your established dark cool place for proper storage results.
Once you grow the produce they tell you the proper way to harvest your produce (or pick it out at the green grocers) and prepare it for storage to get the longest life out of it.
This is followed up with the care of your stored foods over the cool winter months to help prevent spoilage and loss.
In section four they tell you numerous ways to create a “root cellar” no matter where you live. Important tips like air flow are included in this section.
They then go on to tell you their own personal experience in doing cellaring and finally recipes are included for those wonderful foods you place in your root cellar. Because after all what is the sense in storing food if you aren’t going to eat it.
While I’ve had this book for many years I still find myself referring back to it periodically to refresh my memory on various aspects of it, or to check on a recipe.
I consider this one of the most valuable homesteading/prepping books on my resources book shelf. Therefore it gets an A from me.
Jan who needs to tidy up her root cellar and start filling it up again in OK