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« on: January 24, 2011, 11:48 »
Hi all,

        Still new to all this, as it will be our second year growing our own veggies. Last years offering were delicious but we found that we couldn't eat all of what we grew so alot was wasted. My question is, how do we store what we grow ?
Nothing exotic, just spuds, onions, broccoli, carrots etc. Have been reading lots of articles and some mention clamping (wots this ?) whilst others mention vacuum packing.

Any help gratefully received.

Thanks

Neil & Emm
   

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« Reply #1 on: January 24, 2011, 11:55 »
Hello, I can thoroughly recommend this book:-

http://www.allotment-garden.org/book/store-produce.php
Staffies are softer than you think.

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« Reply #2 on: January 24, 2011, 11:56 »
"Aquire" or construct a plywood box 2foot (W) X 4 foot (L) by 2 foot (D).  Find somewhere dark and frost free and as your produce comes in from the 'garden'  check it, if it is 'sound'  no bug holes, bad bits etc.  

Sprinkle a thin layer of dry ish earth on the bottom then layer (not touching) your produce (root crops are best).  Cover this layer with more dryish soil and carry on.  

Onions you string after ensuring they are dry.  Garlic ditto.    Easy peasy.    Cheers,   :D Tony.
I may be growing OLD, but I refuse to grow UP !

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Re: Storage
« Reply #3 on: January 24, 2011, 12:46 »
Thanks. Just ordered the book so hopefully all my questions will be answered !!

Neil & Emm

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« Reply #4 on: January 28, 2011, 09:29 »
Chutney!  Jam!  Sauce!  Pickles!

There's nothing more satisfying than looking in your cupboard to see rows of home-made preserves looking back at you, all with their hand-written labels.

I spent the morning cutting lots of circles of calico so when we give our jars of produce away we can dress them up a bit with a calico "hat" tied with raffia.

I feel so virtuous when I've finished a day's preserving!  :lol:

Then I feel super-smug when I give someone a jar of something as a "thank you" gift and they say "did you make this yourself?"   :lol:

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« Reply #5 on: February 13, 2011, 18:38 »
hi i would like some idears to store my onions after i pick them.I hang them with string but they still rot so what can i do.thank you   

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« Reply #6 on: February 13, 2011, 18:42 »
hi i would like some idears to store my onions after i pick them.I hang them with string but they still rot so what can i do.thank you   

I've not stored onions before but a common problem is either: not drying them out properly, or letting them get frosted.

Other than that ...

I can thoroughly recommend this book:-

http://www.allotment-garden.org/book/store-produce.php
I try to take one day at a time, but sometimes several days all attack me at once...

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« Reply #7 on: February 13, 2011, 19:43 »
once i pick them i leave them on the ground for 3 to 5 days max to dry.but the problem is when i string them up and leave them for a few weeks before i use them they are no good to use the variety i use is RADAR the over winter sort i use them every year.the flavour is really good its just the storing part is the problem.cheers lincolnlad   

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« Reply #8 on: February 13, 2011, 19:57 »
I don't think that's drying them out enough.

They should be able to have air circulating round them, so put them on wire racks or similar.  And I'm sure people have said that they should be dried for longer than just a few days.

Once strung up, they cannot dry out properly because the air circulation has been reduced.

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« Reply #9 on: February 16, 2011, 19:24 »
hi is it worth trying put the onions in tights.say like do one tie it of do another one and tie it of and so on.cheers lincolnlad 


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