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