How to Build a Basement Cold Room for Vegetable Storage

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Grocery bills are a significant part of monthly expenses for most people, making it disappointing when you have to throw away items that have spoiled. Building a food cellar for storing vegetables can help you save money by preserving and organizing your grocery and garden foods. It can also free up space in your refrigerator for meat and dairy foods. You can build a basement cold room for vegetable storage quite easily.

Things You'll Need

  • Shelves
  • Storage bins
  • Sand
  • Notebook
  • Thermometer
  • Portable air conditioning unit
  • Newspaper
  • Establish an area for use as a food storage cellar. This can either be an unheated basement or a partitioned area of a basement.

  • Set up the shelves in the food cellar area.

  • Fill some of the bins with clean, moistened sand and nestle root vegetables into the sand.

  • Store other vegetables, such as squashes and peppers, as well as legumes in the other bins.

  • Place the sand-filled bins on the bottom of the shelves and other vegetables in the middle shelves.

  • Store canned and preserved foods as well as dried foods, such as beans or herbs, on the higher shelves.

  • Use the notebook to record the dates of when you have stored each food. This will help you know when you should cook or eat each item before it spoils.

  • Place the thermometer on the low and high shelves. Keep the root vegetables and fruits between 32 and 40 degrees. Use the portable air conditioning unit to help regulate the temperature.

  • Keep the area dark but well-ventilated.

Tips & Warnings

  • To keep vegetables and fruits from drying out, wrap them in newspaper.

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