Most will make the claim that you cannot store dry & humid loving produce within the same room. I’ve discovered a method claiming the opposite. While still in the experimental stages with this technique, I’ve been testing it with on various types of produce. Y’see, I love vintage cookbooks and anything that has old-fashioned recipes. As a kid, I loved hearing Grandpa tell stories about the great depression, the salt-brined fish, smoked meats, cheeses, and salt-cured vegetables! I remember listening intently as the huddle of grandchildren asked questions!
But now I’d getting off track. Where was I? Oh yes.
In an old cookbook lent to me by a sister-in-law, I found these directions for simple root vegetable storage and added my modification (specifically zip loc bags) for modern day use. You’ll need lots of heavy duty zip loc bags and a chilled cooler or two for an air-tight environment.
Sealed Storage for Moisture Loving Produce
- Prepare vegetable as outlined for high-humidity produce
Wash a second time in cold water, releasing all the dirt.
Blot each vegetable on a cloth to remove water drops, leaving the skin moist. It’s important that vegetables aren’t 100% dry due to their need for moisture, yet too much will cause ’em to rot. Just pat dry (you’ll do fine)!
- Immediately place in a zip-loc freezer bag.
Fill bag with whole vegetables, then seal partway and suck the air out, sealing after.
Stack bags in a cooler and close the lid. Coolers help form an airtight seal which aids in preservation.
Place on cold room floor just below the window.
Avoid popping in and out of the cooler. Open only to remove bags for eating and when you do so, check to see how everything is doing.
- The beauty of food-safe plastic bags is that you can see the goings on around your vegetables!
There are two cons to this method and they include 1) abnormal amounts of coolers (even if using cheap Styrofoam) and 2) lots of plastic bags! Our local store carries ’em in 2 gallon sizes. I also know you can find 5 gallon zip locs online. Unless you have a large family, that size may be excessive!
I’m excited to try both this fall. And yes, please note that I haven’t tried this method beyond stuffing carrots in a bag and leaving them on the shelf for a month or so. But I’ll update ya’ as we go! Stay tuned for the video I’m making of the entire process!