Storing Vegetables For Winter Use

Learn some tips to storing your vegetables to eat in the winter months.

Are you planning to store your vegetables for winter use?: if so I have a few suggestions. Storage is actually more simple than any other kind of preservation for a number of vegetables. It is a saving in labor but do keep in mind that the quality may not be as good and also that there may be more spoilage, also,the length of time that the vegetables can be kept could be limited because the average home just doesn't have the extra space to store these vegetables for winter use.

For a family of five these amounts of vegetables would need to be stored to winter use:

Cabbage- l50 pounds or 50 heads, Celery-50 stalks,

Kale (leave in garden)-25 plants, Beets-2 bushels, Carrots-2 bushels, Turnips- 5/8 bushel,

Parsnips-1/2 bushel, Onions-l l/4 bushels, Winter Squash and Pumpkins-25 to 35 specimens, and Potatoes- l5 bushels.

If you have a cellar you might want to think about

partitioning off a place there, be sure there is an outside window and also a dirt floor to help keep the relative humidity high enough so that the root crops will not shrivel. One difficulty one might encounter in home storage of vegetables is the fact that different products require different storage conditions for the best results.

The root celler is designed to supply cool moist conditions which are ideal for Carrots, Beets, celery, Cabbage, Turnips and other root crops while the home shelter could leave a serious problem with these vegetables as high humidity must be maintained in the storage room. If a basement root cellar is cold but not too dry, root crops may be placed in an ash can, lard can, or other tight and covered containers, preventing the loss of moisture.

If the outdoor soil temperatures can be kept below the freezing point, the storage conditions within the soil are most nearly ideal for the root crops. In late summer, these vegetables will keep for long periods of time if simply left in the ground before harvesting. Carrots and Beets can be left until outdoor temperatureees are sufficiently low to freeze a crust on the ground.

Root crops, Cabbage and Potatoes may be stored in a box or barrel type of pit. The barrel can be placed in a horizontal positoin on a side hill or on a 45 degree angle in a well-drained location on level ground. A tightly fitted lid is necessary to keep out rodents.

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