NY Times Article: “The Return of the Root Cellar”

“Food Storage as Grandma Knew It”

“According to a September survey on consumer anxieties over higher fuel and food prices from the Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture at Iowa State University in Ames, 34 percent of respondents said that they were likely to raise more of their own vegetables. Another 37 percent said they were likely to can or freeze more of their food. The cousin to canning and freezing is the root cellar.”

I wish I had a basement underneath my brownstone to store a bounty of butternut squash, onions and potatoes for the winter, but unfortunately we live in a loft apartment on the 3rd floor and barely have cupboard space.

My grandparents in Greece (both sides) had their own basement cellars where they would cure feta, store wine barrels and other perishables cold.  One day I hope to continue the family tradition and keep my lil homemade stash of wine hidden in my basement cellar, some day!

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2 Responses to NY Times Article: “The Return of the Root Cellar”

  1. Alicia says:

    I live in Iowa, and we are quite lucky to have the luxury of fertile land to grow things in, combined with low property values for big root cellars! Mine is home to lots of canned tomatoes from summer at the moment, but will be full of root vegetables very soon!

  2. ophile says:

    YOU are one very lucky cook!

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