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Food Storage Chart: Guidelines for Your Root Cellar/Pantry

Climate Chart for Root Cellar Produce Don’t freeze your farm fresh veggies! Follow these optimal climate conditions for produce. (Find out: What is a root cellar?) by: Rachel Machacek Environment Temp. (F) Humidity            Crop    Cold/very moist 32-40 degrees  90–95% Carrots, beets, celery, Chinese cabbage, kohlrabi, Brussels sprouts, rutabagas, turnips, collards, leeks, broccoli and […]
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Climate Chart for Root Cellar Produce
Don’t freeze your farm fresh veggies! Follow these optimal climate conditions for produce.
(Find out: What is a root cellar?)

by: Rachel Machacek

Environment Temp. (F) Humidity            Crop   

Cold/very moist
32-40 degrees  90–95% Carrots, beets, celery, Chinese cabbage, kohlrabi, Brussels sprouts, rutabagas, turnips, collards, leeks, broccoli and Jerusalem artichokes
cabbage head

Cold and moist
32-40 degrees  80–90% Potatoes, cabbage, cauliflower, apples, grapes, oranges, pears, endive and grapefruit group of potatoes

Cool/fairly moist
40-45 degrees  85–90%
Cucumbers, sweet peppers, cantaloupe, watermelon, eggplant, ripe tomatoes and cheese stem tomatoes

Cool and dry
35-40 degrees  60–70% Garlic, onions, beans, canned foods, grains nuts, smoked fish and meat vidalia onions

Fairly warm/dry
50-60 degrees  60–70% Dry hot peppers, pumpkins, winter squash, sweet potatoes and green tomatoes red hot peppers

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  1. I’m thinking about adding a root celar to be placed below a concrete patio covered addition. About 6 by 15 feet below the patio. It would also be used as a storm shelter and storing some vegetables from our garden. I’ve thought about building it out of concrete; buying a metal shelter or some other options.

    Comments please

    Andy Kmetz; Tulsa, Oklahoma

    Andy KmetzJanuary 16, 2010 @ 3:42 pmReply



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