How to Make a Deep-Freeze Root Cellar

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No way to store some of your extra vegetables for winter? Then turn an old refrigerator or deep freeze into a root cellar.

Things You'll Need

  • Straws Bales
  • Clear Plastic Sheeting
  • Plastic Sheeting
  • Shovels
  • Old Deep-freeze Or Refrigerator
  • Remove motor, shelves and lock from door (so no child can get locked inside).

  • Dig a hole large enough to hold the deep freeze where the top of the freezer is ground level or slightly below ground level.

  • Place some rocks in bottom of the hole for drainage.

  • Place the freezer into hole on its back. The door will open like a lid.

  • Fill around freezer with soil.

  • Place vegetables in freezer. Follow storage guidelines for vegetables just as if you were using a cellar.

  • Cover freezer with a sheet of plastic to keep water from freezing the lid shut.

  • Place bags of leaves or bales of hay or straw on top of the freezer to help with cold weather.

Tips & Warnings

  • Apples, potatoes, beets, carrots, turnips, celeriac, kohlrabi and rutabagas work well in this type of storage.
  • You may need to add a small vent pipe from the freezer to the outside to let in fresh air.

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