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Root cellars are just fantastic. They were essentially the first refrigerators built. They can keep your fruit and vegetables good all year round by keeping your food 40 degrees lower than the summer temperature outside and in winter the root cellar will keep the food just above freezing.
Making a root cellar is really easy and I would highly recommend any one that wants to be more self sufficient build one. They are great and work really well. They do not take up much space so even if you have a small garden having one is still within reach.
In addition to raw produce, root cellars are excellent locations for a number of other foodstuffs as well. Storing beverages, like wine, cider and beer, all enjoy the cool, dark environment of a root cellar.
I have had a lot of messages over the years asking about pests getting in to root cellars. Yes. rats and mice are actually the ones that get in and can ruin your hard work by eating all of your food. This is easily fixed by installing wire mess on the ground and any gaps you might have. Most people miss this important part of building a root cellar.
Check out how to build an earthbag root cellar for cheap in the link below and if you actually build one please send us a photo. We love to see what you guys get up to 🙂
Bonus: How to Make Pemmican, the Original Survival Food
Invented by the natives of North America pemmican was used by Indian scouts as well as early western explorers.
Native Americans spent a great deal of time on the go and depended on having portable, high-energy, highly nutritious, and filling foods that would last for long periods of time without refrigeration.
Pemmican is a portable, long-lasting, high-energy food. It’s made of lean, dried meat that’s crushed into powder and mixed with hot, rendered fat. This makes it one of the ultimate foods to have stockpiled for when SHTF or disaster strikes.
People really should avert their gaze from the modern survival thinking for just a bit and also look at how folks 150 years ago did it.
These guys were the last generation to practice basic things, for a living, that we call “survival skills” now.