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Root Cellaring: Natural Cold Storage of Fruits & Vegetables [Kindle Edition]

Mike Bubel , Nancy Bubel
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (156 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Anyone can learn to store fruits and vegetables safely and naturally with a cool, dark space (even a closet!) and the step-by-step advice in this book.

Editorial Reviews


“…the most complete book on the subject you are likely to find.”

Backwoods Home Magazine


“…a book that has become a durable classic – a manual that delivers detailed guidelines for storing fruits and vegetables in the most simple way possible.”

The Province (Vancouver, British Columbia)


“The name Bubel is synonymous with practical, hands-on experience…I highly recommend Root Cellaring. It’s the only book you need on the subject.”

Maine Organic Farmer & Gardener

"The most complete book on the subject you are likely to find."
(Backwoods Home Magazine)

From the Back Cover

Root cellaring, as many people remember but only a few people still practice, is a way of using the earth's naturally cool, stable temperature to store perishable fruits and vegetables. Root cellaring, as Mike and Nancy Bubel explain here, is a no-cost, simple, low-technology, energy-saving way to keep the harvest fresh all year long.

In Root Cellaring, the Bubels tell how to successfully use this natural storage approach. It's the first book devoted entirely to the subject, and it covers the subject with a thoroughness that makes it the only book you'll ever need on root cellaring.

Root Cellaring will tell you:

* How to choose vegetable and fruit varieties that will store best

* Specific individual storage requirements for nearly 100 home garden crops

* How to use root cellars in the country, in the city, and in any environment

* How to build root cellars, indoors and out, big and small, plain and fancy

* Case histories -- reports on the root cellaring techniques and experiences of many households all over North America

Root cellaring need not be strictly a country concept. Though it's often thought of as an adjunct to a large garden, a root cellar can in fact considerably stretch the resources of a small garden, making it easy to grow late succession crops for storage instead of many rows for canning and freezing. Best of all, root cellars can easily fit anywhere. Not everyone can live in the country, but everyone can benefit from natural cold storage.

Product Details

  • File Size: 6557 KB
  • Print Length: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Storey Publishing, LLC; 2 edition (December 31, 1979)
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B001UE8J08
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Not Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #342,130 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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261 of 262 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Encyclopedia of no-energy food preservation August 31, 2004
This book is a vast resource of information about root cellars, how to build them, and how to use them. The Bubels contend that even city apartments dwellers can arrange some sort of cold food storage area with a little imagination and a few suggestions from those who have done it before. The book has 6 parts: choosing good storage vegetable varieties, harvesting for keeping quality, storing crops in the root cellar, root cellar ideas for those who don't currently have a root cellar, root cellaring experiences, and recipes. At the end of the book is a bibliography for further reading, a list of plant sources, and an index. The book is amply illustrated with diagrams and black-and-white photographs.

I didn't expect to find much in this book that I haven't read elsewhere. Since my house didn't come with a root cellar, I wasn't very optimistic about finding anything in the book that I could use. Fortunately, I was way off-base in these assumptions. I was amazed at the variety and detail of information that the Bubels provide. The sections on choosing seed varieties and determining when to harvest are extremely useful, even if you're only going to put your harvest in the refrigerator. They also explain the different types of storage conditions required for different crops- -some like it cool and moist, and others warmer and dry. But what gave me real hope was all the ideas about un-root cellars that people have constructed and made good use of for storing vegetables. Their examples include everything from insolated window baskets for apartment dwellers to buried package trucks. One idea that might work well for my situation at least for the time being is a buried refrigerator. Down the line, if I have extra time on my hands, I could trade up for a real dug root cellar, following the plans in the book. If you're a gardener, you'll find something of use for sure in this book.
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314 of 321 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very clear advice for hanging onto your harvest longer. September 24, 2002
This is a great book for (food) gardeners and for people who have some land available to them. Although there are suggestions for "nooks and crannies" in your house, most of those ideas sound like ideas for older (draftier) homes.
The suggestions for building your own working root cellar are clear, with illustrations to help you plan. There are lists of things that keep well and under what conditions to keep them. The authors even list certain varieties of (for instance) apples that keep better than others. There's a month-by-month plan of what could be coming out of your garden, going into the root cellar, and what could be canned or frozen. If you have a large garden, this is an incredibly useful book.
However, those of us with smaller modern homes, smaller yards, and smaller, less heavily-producing gardens will be a little disappointed. As I read this, I came to the conclusion that it would be pretty darned difficult to have a root cellar on our property, because we don't have a useable cool north corner to put one in. Not impossible, mind you, it would just take a lot more effort, planning, and money to build it.
I recommend this book highly for people who raise substantial amounts of their own produce. This book will really extend your harvest. With imagination and a little time and effort, you can have a root cellar that keeps your family in fresh food you grew all year long.
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87 of 90 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This book gives the complete root cellaring picture. January 17, 1999
By A Customer
We're fortunate to have bought a property with a well designed root cellar already in place. Until I read this book, I had no idea how a root cellar 'worked'. This book suggests what foods are best for root cellaring, how long to expect to store them, and what temperatures should be maintained. Had I not read this book I would have wasted time and enery, and lost the nutrients in some foods by canning them rather than root cellaring them. A city dweller friend of mine borrowed my book and has decided to buy it. There are variety of good root cellar plans complete with illustrations and drawings for nearly any situation.
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43 of 44 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Must-Have for Your Library! January 8, 2001
By A Customer
Outstanding book! The amount of information included makes this book well worth its price. The month-to-month calendar of what one can eat from their root cellar is especially helpful. The pictures, and descriptions, of several existing root cellars in various parts of the country was especially appreciated, and will definitely be utilized when I build my own root cellar. If you are interested in being self-sufficient, this book will be of great assistance.
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52 of 56 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A must have for the serious gardener September 29, 2005
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If like me you love growing a vegetable garden and then canning, freezing, or dehydrating your produce, then this is a book you should seriously consider adding to your library. Especially since energy costs for cooling in summer and heating in winter are going up.

Because root cellars are something as the one chapter in the book titled Food Cellars for Everyone says, are for everyone whether you live in rural American, suburbia or even a city with a small lot. Roots cellars are economical across the board and have a long history and can be placed under a home, off into a hillside, in a closet, basement or even two big wine barrels with tight lids planted slanted into the ground.

They are also a huge money saver. And being someone who believes that even a city dweller with a small plot of land should grow some of their own food I also believe that we all have a responsibility to learn how to grow food as well as save it, because with our recent history of hurricanes in the southern regions of the country I know that attic cellars have enabled friends I know, to at least have fresh vegetables to cook over the camp stove as they go about trying to get their lives back together.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect
This book is exactly what I was looking for. It covers everything that I want to do. It arrived on time and is in good condition.
Published 1 day ago by Carole I Spaulding
4.0 out of 5 stars good information
Have loan it to several who wanted to put in a Root Cellar, I dought if I can do it no big equipment to work with.
Published 9 days ago by Kay Stover
5.0 out of 5 stars Great reference book: timeless & useful for homesteading on any scale.
This is a very basic, completely sensible book. I've had a hard copy for over 15 years that I needed to replace digitally, since my book load when moving has become so cumbersome. Read more
Published 15 days ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars good book
Many good ideas and if I were doing a celler for first time I would do. Would like to do a small version to go with our celler and other idas I will change in our celler.
Published 1 month ago by Gale Miller
5.0 out of 5 stars Fast
Got it fast - thanks. Just started reading it and it has a lot more info then I expected, which is good. Thanks
Published 1 month ago by Federico Lier
5.0 out of 5 stars A great book
Very handy for anyone who's into gardening and farming, growing your own meat and vegetables so you don't have to spend a fortune at the grocery store. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Heather
5.0 out of 5 stars Very good info
I liked this book. Gave some valuable info on storage types with images and plans for building. Also had info son types of storage containers and shelving.
Published 1 month ago by Big Bob
4.0 out of 5 stars ok for lower 48
A fairly good resource for the lower 48 but lacking in practical application for the furthermost northern state of Alaska.
Published 1 month ago by PEG
5.0 out of 5 stars great advice
We live in a warm area (desert southwest) and it gave me ideas on alternatives as our ground isn't conducive to digging much
Published 2 months ago by Susan in Tucson
5.0 out of 5 stars LOVE IT!
This book was really helpful when I wanted to make my root cellar. It also contains information on different things to store in the cellar.
Published 2 months ago by Jen M Zucco
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