Fridge-less Living: Our Favorite Food Preservation Methods and Tips

Our favorite old-time food preservation methods include canning and storing food in a root cellar, drying fruits and vegetables and pickling.



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Building an outdoor root cellar: 1) Dig pit in a hillside.
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3) Building log crib.
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2) Dig drainage and lay foundation.
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4) Soil and sod over roof; add drain pipe. Fill floor with gravel.
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The ideal basement root cellar is convenient and maintains the correct temperature all year.
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An electricity-free hanging food dryer.
JEAN GARDNER
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Building an outdoor root cellar: 1) Dig pit in a hillside.
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Grinding mill for corn, wheat, seeds, coffee or anything dry or oily.
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Natural refrigeration saves energy and money.
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A chamomile rake can be used for harvesting other blossoms and seedpods as well.
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"Leather britches"
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