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Re: [nafex] apple storage

	Mike, 	Winters back a lovely -25F this morn.   An Alaska salmon fisherman 
taught us a neat trick for freezing goods that should apply to the airless 
bag idea. He saw my eyeballs sticking out from sucking the air out of a huge 
pile of vegis to be frozen and said-- "let water pressure do it!"    plopped 
the bag nearly underwater...i could never suck out that much air, now i 
breath easier come harvest.
	Tom, we're in the process of building - just got the basement covered by 
freezeup- I left out the concrete in the nw corner room (8' by 10') and 
filled the floor with sand.  Will insulate the interior walls. it has a 
small window hole in the concrete (just insulation filled now).How did you 
vent it? I'm concerned about it freezing if vented too much.    thanks Mn. 
Del z2b

>From: Tom Olenio <tolenio@sentex.net>
>Reply-To: nafex@yahoogroups.com
>To: nafex@yahoogroups.com
>Subject: Re: [nafex] apple storage
>Date: Fri, 02 Feb 2001 10:19:12 -0500
>Hi All,
>When we bought our house in an agricultural area of Ontario,
>our house came with a cold room in the basement.  It is
>perfect for cold storage all winter.
>It is about 5' wide and 13' long, and is vented to the cold
>air outside at each end of the room.  The door to cold room
>is insulated, and the wall is also well insulated keeping
>the winter cold only in the cold room.
>The temperature is very stable and hovers around 38-40F all
>I have a bushel of Idareds and a bushel of Red Delicious
>that have been in there since picking and are doing real
>well.  We keep all our preserves in this cold room as well.
>Best of all it keeps apples (anything) cold all winter for
>Mark Garrison wrote:
> > A little trick I learned this year for storing apples for
> > personal use:  I've always used an old refrigerator to
> > keep eating apples into the winter, putting them in heavy
> > plastic bags (big ones 13x18" used by our blueberry
> > customers) but by this time of year they were only so-so;
> > this year before putting on ties I sucked the air out of
> > the bags.  Still eating Jonathan, crisp, no brown spot.
> > Also Jonagold, Spigold.  Even Shensu, though mellow, are
> > still juicy. Mark, RI, zone 6
> >
> >
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>Thomas Olenio
>Ontario, Canada
>Hardiness Zone 6a

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