Monday, November 10, 2008

storing root veggies for winter


Our basement/ cold storage area is starting to look mighty fine. The potatoes are easy, we just dig them, let them dry off a bit ( turning once after a few hours), and pack them into boxes. Onions need to be pulled and cured on screens in the greenhouse, then put into boxes. Carrots are a little more involved, but we eat huge amounts of them all through the winter. Grated for our winter salad of carrots, red cabbage, cave aged cheese and dried cranberries.. we never buy lettuce from some far away place when we can just walk into the basement! The dogs also love their carrots. They each get a carrot for dessert every night.
To harvest carrots, they are pulled and the tops taken off with just a few inches of the green left on. They are allowed to air dry, and turned after a few hours. If just left in a box in the basement they'd sog out really fast. We've tried to store them in sand, sawdust, and hay. But the sure winner for us has been dried maple leaves.The carrots are layered with the leaves in containers.
Using these storage methods, we get firm potatoes, onions and carrots right until early summer.

2 comments:

thimmeli said...

Thanks for the advice...a lot more detailed than the recent NYT article! I also really like the visual...thinking about my CSA as we speak. ~tracy

Marjorie Susman said...

I also read the article, and didn't learn much from it, but just letting folks realize they can easily store root veggies all winter and take a bit more control over our food is a very powerful feeling!!( thanks for the comment!)