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Food Storage

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Today I read a unique article about a women who stores food in her basement to live healthier and curb rising food costs. She brings in potatoes, onions, squash, and canned items for storage through the winter. She states many of the items will last til the spring. She has been doing this so she can eat locally grown food year round.

The basement is not your average- as it is has a dirt floor and is kept at 55 degrees- It is called a 'root cellar'. Apparently many homes used to have these to preserve food, but now our basements have televisions and pool tables.

The article appeared in the New York Times on November 5, 2008. Here are some great quotes from the article.

"While horticulture may be a science, home food storage definitely can carry the stench of an imperfect art."

"Anna Barnes, who runs a small media company and coordinates the Prairieland Community Supported Agriculture in Champaign, Ill., says squash hung in a pair of knotted pantyhose stay unspoiled longer than others. Here, the cold is optional, too. It’s the bruising that comes from a squash sitting on a hard countertop, she said, that speeds senescence. (“You wouldn’t want to do it in the guest closet,? Ms. Barnes said. Or, presumably, wear the pantyhose again.)"

Source: http://www.nytimes.com/2008/11/06/garden/06root.html?_r=1&ref=fitnessandnutrition&oref=slogin