a root cellar

What To Store In A Root Cellar

Use this handy chart to learn the perfect temperature and storage time for every veggie.

October 28, 2015

A root cellar was an essential part of every home in the days before fresh produce was available in supermarkets year-round.

Related: Turn An Old Fridge Into A Root Cellar


And for gardeners, who often have harvests bigger than their fridge can hold, it's still an easy, inexpensive, and cool way to store root crops, winter squash, and some other produce. Whether you're building a root cellar in your basement or making one out of an old fridge, you'll want to know what you can store, what the ideal temperature is, and how long you can expect to keep it. So we made this handy chart for you: 

Vegetable Ideal Storage Temperature (°F) Relative Humidity (percentage) Average Storage Life
Beets 32 95 1-3 months
Cabbage 32 90-95 3-4 months
Carrots 32 90-95 4-6 months
Celery 32 90-95 2-3 months
Garlic 32 65-70 6-7 months
Horseradish 30-32 90-95 10-12 months
Jerusalem artichoke 31-32 90-95 2-5 months
Onions 32 65-70 5-8 months
Parsnips 32 90-95 2-6 months
Potatoes 38-40 90 5-8 months
Pumpkins 50-55 70-75 2-3 months
Rutabaga 32 90-95 2-4 months
Sweet potato 55-60 85-90 4-6 months
Turnips 32 90-95 4-5 months
Winter squash 50-55 70-75 3-6 months


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