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: 

VegetableIdeal Storage Temperature (°F)Relative Humidity (percentage)Average Storage Life
Beets32951-3 months
Cabbage3290-953-4 months
Carrots3290-954-6 months
Celery3290-952-3 months
Garlic3265-706-7 months
Horseradish30-3290-9510-12 months
Jerusalem artichoke31-3290-952-5 months
Onions3265-705-8 months
Parsnips3290-952-6 months
Potatoes38-40905-8 months
Pumpkins50-5570-752-3 months
Rutabaga3290-952-4 months
Sweet potato55-6085-904-6 months
Turnips3290-954-5 months
Winter squash50-5570-753-6 months


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