Know how. Know now.
From border to border in Nebraska, UNL Extension is making an incredible impact on the success of our state — its youth, its families, its farms and ranches, its communities, its economy. Please check these websites for more "know how, know now" information.
Storing Your Own Products In Your Home
Storing Fresh Fruits & Vegetables for Better Taste, UC Davis PostHarvest Technology
Tips on preparing, storing, canning and recipes: Connects you to the "Seasonal Recipes & Preparing" page on our website, this page is broken into a chart of the four seasons to help you easily flip through and find the fruit or vegetable you are looking for.
Storing Fresh Fruits and Vegetables: This NebGuide explains proper storage methods and conditions for fresh fruits and vegetables including harvest methods and in garden storage.
Small-Scale Cold Rooms for Perishable Commodities: Details the planning, choices, expenses, etc.
Building a Root Cellar in Your Home: A root cellar is an easy and inexpensive way to store root crops, winter squash, and some other homegrown produce.
Install a Root Cellar in Your Basement by PreparedThompkings.org: Adding a small root cellar to your existing home will provide you with fresh veggies throughout the winter and spring.
Build a Basement Root Cellar by Steve Maxwell: Storing crops in a passively cooled basement root cellar is one of the most efficient ways to preserve food.
Building a Root Cellar or Pantry into Your Basement Design by Rachel Machacek: Ditch that energy-sucking (and jam-packed) second fridge and build a root cellar or cool pantry into your basement design. Learn how here.
Root Cellaring: Natural Cold Storage of Fruits & Vegetables by Mike Bubel: Anyone can learn to store fruits and vegetables safely and naturally with a cool, dark space (even a closet!) and the step-by-step advice in this book.
The Complete Root Cellar Book: Building Plans, Uses and 100 Recipes by Steve Maxwell: This book takes a fresh look at the art, science and romance of building and stocking a root cellar. There are detailed illustrated construction guides for making four different kinds of root cellars that are functional and attractive. These include never-before-seen models for apartment and condo dwellers and home owners without a basement.
Preservation of Local Food Brochures & Websites