13 Root Cellar Food Storage Alternatives

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  • However, if your home does not have a basement or if you live in area that has a high water table, a basement location may not be an option. Jill over at theprairiehomestead.com has come up with 13 root cellar alternatives because her Homestead does not have a root cellar.

    I don’t have a root cellar yet (I know– some of you suggested we build one onto the new house, but we weren’t quite ready to deal with the logistics/code issues that arise from having a exposed earth room attached to a finished basement…), so I decided to research root cellar alternatives this year.

    Teamwork.

    Turns out, there are plenty of ways to store your lovely garden harvest without a root cellar. Here’s a list to get your wheels turning—>

    13 ROOT CELLAR ALTERNATIVES

    1. TRASH CAN ROOT CELLAR
    • Materials: metal trash can (with a lid), waterproof cover (like a tarp), straw, shovel
    • Estimated Cost: Cheap
    • Difficulty Level: Easy
    • Description: Perfect for storing root vegetables, the Trash Can Root Cellar is simply dug into the earth, filled with your root veggies, covered with straw, and topped with both the tarp and the lid. Easy to upkeep and cheap to make!
    • READ: How to Make a Trash Can Root Cellar

    how to store vegetables without a root cellar

    2. BUCKET ROOT CELLAR
    • Materials: 5 gallon bucket (with a lid), drill, shovel, straw (optional)
    • Estimated Cost: Very Cheap
    • Difficulty Level: Easy
    • Description: Potatoes, onions, and root vegetables work well with this very simple and easy Bucket Root Cellar. Dig the bucket into the earth, add the lid, and for extra protection, feel free to top it with a bale of straw.
    • READ: How to Make a Bucket Root Cellar
    3. BURY AN OLD FREEZER (OR REFRIGERATOR)

    • Materials: old chest freezer/fridge, PVC pipe, tarp, shovel

    • Estimated Cost: Average

    • Difficulty Level: Somewhat Difficult

    • Description: As long as you are simply recycling an old chest freezer, this option is still pretty cheap. It can be a bit tricky if your freezer still contains freon (see post for more details), however, besides the freon issue, it’s not too hard to bury an old freezer for holding your potatoes or root vegetables.

    • READ: How to Bury an Old Freezer

     

    Find more root cellar alternatives over at theprairiehomestead.com.

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