How to store food, the off-grid way.
Many people across the world are reverting to a more pared-down, natural way of living.
As electricity prices rise, people are constantly on the look out for alternatives to modern solution that will make their lives easier, cheaper and will help the environment, too.
In many case, the solutions are methods that we used just a hundred or so years ago, before the invention of electricity.
How many people do you know that have rejected radiators and electric heaters and use a traditional wood burner to heat their home? People tend to agree that natural is best.
When it comes to storing food, there are many solutions than the refrigerator. The refrigerator is one of the only items in your home that is constantly turned on, using electricity every second of the day.
The following guide will teach you how to store different types of food utilizing the cold from outside.
A root cellar is the best way to store food without a refrigerator. A rot cellar is basically a small room that is dug underneath your house which is always at a low temperature. Most food can stay in a root cellar for the same time, if not longer than a refrigerator.
A root cellar can be dug anywhere you have access to deep soil. The cellar should be big enough for you to store everything you need inside, but not too big.
It will need proper ventilation let fresh air circulate, these can be in the form of holes at the top of the cellar, at ground level. This will let the stale air from inside be let out, and lets in a fresh supply of new air.
The cellar should be appropriately dark, as produce keeps for much loner when it is in the dark, away from sunlight.
One way of creating an easy root cellar is to bury a trash can in the ground. The lib acts as the opening, and the temperature under the ground will keep your food fresh and cool.
Most vegetables need to be stored at around 32-40 degrees Fahrenheit, so make sure your root cellar is between these temperatures.
Food items such as apples, beets, carrots, sprouts, cabbage, dry beans, onions, garlic, potatoes and squash can all be stored in your root cellar.
Via Real Farmacy