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Has anyone ever heard of preserving potatoes by burying them in a bucket of sand? An older relative states that during the depression they would store potatoes by burying them in sand and putting them in a cool place and they would keep for months. Makes sense.....but I have never heard of it. Any thoughts?
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Has anyone ever heard of preserving potatoes by burying them in a bucket of sand? An older relative states that during the depression they would store potatoes by burying them in sand and putting them in a cool place and they would keep for months. Makes sense.....but I have never heard of it. Any thoughts?
Have not tried it for potatoes but works great for carrots
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that will work. They also used old whisky barrels. Many ways to store potatoes for the winter. Of course the simplest, if you have it, is a root cellar. some folks have made a wooden box, as high as a strawbale, surround it with strawbales, put in their taters, cover with a sheet of plywood and cover that with a layer of strawbales. Throw a tarp over it. I am sure there will be more replies and good ideas on this thread.
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I know it's not the same but I can mine, I buy in bulk when they are in season. I have no way to store them dry right now. But it does make it easy when I'm fixing supper.
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We dont have a root cellar, but our house is about 8 ft off the ground in the rear so my DH hung some metal grates from the floor joist and I put my potatoes on them and keep it dark down there. I know that being in the dark in very important. Mine will usually last as long as it takes me to cook them. I loose very few.

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You can google the old tyme method "potato clamp". Here's a how-to.
http://www.selfsufficientish.com/clamp.htm

Basicly, for over-winter storage, the potatoes are placed in a straw-lined hole, layered with potatoes and straw, and finally covered with a thick, insulative pile of straw. This works also with other root vegetables.
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