The Joy of Keeping a Root Cellar: Canning, Freezing, Drying, Smoking and Preserving the Harvest

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The winning team behind The Joy of Keeping Chickens returns, this time with a complete guide to building and maintaining a root cellar—even if it’s just a dark and cool closet. This cheap, easy, energy-saving way will keep the harvest fresh all year long. Here, readers will learn:

  • Which fruits and vegetables store best
  • How to build a root ...
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Overview

The winning team behind The Joy of Keeping Chickens returns, this time with a complete guide to building and maintaining a root cellar—even if it’s just a dark and cool closet. This cheap, easy, energy-saving way will keep the harvest fresh all year long. Here, readers will learn:

  • Which fruits and vegetables store best
  • How to build a root cellar in the country, suburbs, or city
  • How to deal with specific environmental challenges
  • Storage techniques ranging from canning to pickling and smoking to drying
  • Recipes for everything from tomato sauce to venison jerky
Root cellaring isn’t just for off-the-grid types or farmers with large gardens. Storing food makes good sense, both financially and environmentally. And root cellars can easily fit anywhere. In this intelligent, convincing book, authors Megyesi and Hansen show how to make them part of every reader’s life.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781602399754
  • Publisher: Skyhorse Publishing
  • Publication date: 8/10/2010
  • Pages: 271
  • Sales rank: 742,347
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Jennifer Megyesi and her husband own and run the Fat Rooster Farm in Vermont. She holds a master's degree in wildlife biology and has worked for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Her farm is currently breeding Cuckoo Marans chickens, famed for laying chocolate-colored eggs. She lives on the farm with her husband and son in Royalton, Vermont.

Geoff Hansen is a photographer and editor at the Valley News in Lebanon, New Hampshire. He has published in Newsweek, USA Today, and The New York Times. He lives in Tunbridge, Vermont, with his wife, daughter, and two beagles.

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Table of Contents

Preface ix

Introduction 1

Part 1 Storing and Preserving Fruits, Herbs, and Vegetables

1 Fruit, Vegetable, and Herb Harvesting and Preparation 7

2 Cellaring Food for Storage 59

3 Drying Fruits and Vegetables for Storage 93

4 Canning Fruits and Vegetables for Storage 119

5 Pickling and Fermentation 165

6 Freezing Fruits and Vegetables 175

Part 2 Preserving Meats and Poultry

7 Raising Animals with Food Preservation in Mind 201

8 Preserving Meat 215

9 Preserving Dairy Produces and Eggs 233

State Resources 243

References 253

Glossary 257

Index 265

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