How to store vegetables in a city apartment
Save vegetables in a city apartment - not an easy task. And yet, many gardeners manage to bring their crops of vegetables to the city for storage. Of course, they have to come up with various tricks.
Here are some ways, verified by the experience of gardeners:
- Potatoes are best stored with beets
- Carrots are very difficult to preserve without sprouting or freezing. There are several ways to store it. You can fill three-liter jars with root crops and close the lid with the onset of frost; or store in a box, sprinkled with clean, wet river sand. The second method, of course, is very effective, but not entirely convenient in a city apartment.
- Onions can be stored in a cold corner of the room at temperatures below 18 ° C, or on the balcony, but the main thing is that the temperature is always constant.
- Late cabbage is not difficult to keep on the balcony almost until April, but in very severe frosts, you still have to bring the heads of cabbage into the room.
How to harvest radish and when
The question "how to store the radish" is solved if you choose the right time for harvesting. Here, it is important to have time to harvest before frost. Otherwise, the crop will be spoiled, and will no longer be suitable for long-term storage.
We choose a fine day for harvesting. Here, it is important that the radish is not saturated with moisture, because this affects the keeping quality of the vegetable. Also, stop watering 3-4 weeks before harvesting. Here, it is important just to shake off the ground, and not to peel the vegetables in different ways (so as not to damage).
On a note!
Some gardeners (experienced) throw a pile of radish with earth for a day.
And yet, it is important not to overexpose the crop, otherwise the fruits become coarse and fibrous. Conversely, unripe vegetables are also poorly stored.
We cut off the tops, leaving the stalks of 2 cm - 3 cm. At the same time, carefully cut the roots. Here, the main thing is not to damage the skin of the fruit. Otherwise, the fruit will spoil early. Next, we select medium-sized fruits (small ones for processing), dry them under a canopy, and you're done. Can be put away in storage.
How to store beets in an apartment in winter
Beets are perfectly stored at about the same temperature, but, unlike potatoes, they need high humidity, otherwise they will quickly dry out. An excellent storage option is to pour the beets directly onto the potatoes. The moisture that the potatoes release will benefit the red root crop - the beets will stay strong and juicy longer.
You can also store beets in the refrigerator. Fold dry root vegetables in a plastic bag, make several holes in it for ventilation and send them to the lower compartment of the refrigerator compartment, in a vegetable basket.
Mold and rot are the most obvious problems when storing garlic at home. They occur when the air humidity and temperature rise, even if you store the food in the refrigerator. It also happens that the storage conditions are met to the smallest detail, but the garlic still dried out and deteriorated - it happens when the bulbs are not picked and absolutely everything is collected.
Remember that damaged bulbs deteriorate faster than others, creating an unfavorable storage environment for others.
Ventilate the area where you store the garlic heads in your apartment regularly. Musty air can also cause the development of fungal microflora, the harmful activity of which is manifested by mold and rot.
Storing garlic in the apartment in winter
Hello dear friends!
A good harvest of garlic is the joy of every summer resident. How to properly store garlic in an apartment in winter so that this spicy healing seasoning remains fresh until next season, in order to be able to improve the taste of your favorite dishes all winter and spring and be treated with proven folk recipes using garlic?
It has long been noticed that in a warm room, garlic dries out, shrivels, becomes lethargic. In plastic bags, the bulbs suffer from excess moisture, starting to grow moldy and rot. The refrigerator is also not the best option for storing whole heads of garlic due to the high humidity, which leads to premature spoilage of the bulbs.
Experienced housewives have long found some of the most effective ways to preserve garlic for a long time:
Storing garlic in vegetable oil
The method is interesting in that the vegetable oil, which remains as the cloves of garlic are used for culinary purposes, has healing properties and excellent taste characteristics. It is advisable to use it for dressing salads, making sauces, frying and stewing.
Peeled chives are tightly placed in a dry, clean glass jar (it is advisable to thoroughly wash the container with baking soda and dry beforehand), fill it to the top with homemade sunflower or corn oil and close with a plastic or screw cap. The jar is stored in the refrigerator, the garlic stays fresh for up to 1 year.
Storing garlic in an apartment in winter in linen bags
Sew small bags with ties, be sure to use natural fabric that has good hygroscopicity. In each such bag, two handfuls of dry onion husks or dried leaves of stinging nettle are placed. These plant materials have excellent antifungal, antiseptic, antimicrobial and antibacterial properties, preventing rot, mildew and fungus from growing on garlic.
Fill each bag with high-quality garlic onions without the slightest sign of damage or disease, tie with ribbons and place in a cool place, for example, on a glazed loggia, insulated balcony, in the vestibule in front of the apartment, or in the refrigerator on the lower shelf. In a country house, garlic in linen bags is stored in a cellar or basement for saving.
Storing garlic by freezing
Not everyone knows about such a convenient method of saving garlic as freezing in portions. In this form, the vegetable can be stored without problems for about 8-9 months. Most of the medicinal properties and nutrients of garlic are retained when chilled.
Peel the chives, put them in a blender or food processor and grind them into a pulp. In the absence of these devices, use a meat grinder or conventional press. Take an ice freezer mold (the smallest), fill each compartment with garlic gruel using a coffee spoon, place in the freezer until the product is completely frozen. Shake the finished garlic cubes out of the mold and put them in a plastic bag, which will be stored in the freezer. Read about how to store other vegetables and fruits in the freezer in the article Home Freezing Recipes.
If necessary, add 1-2 cubes to the pan with the dish being prepared without defrosting (at the very end of cooking). This garlic is used for salads, minced meat, sauces, broths, stews, roasts. The same cubes will help at the first signs of a cold: just pour one piece with a glass of boiling water, insist for 10 minutes, add natural bee honey to the drink and drink garlic tea before bed.
Alternative ways of storing garlic in the winter in an apartment
- The joint saving of the heads of garlic and onions has proven itself well: they are placed in cardboard shoe boxes, which are placed in the coolest place of the apartment (on the floor in the closet, near the front or balcony door, on the glazed balcony, etc.).
- To absorb excess moisture secreted by the bulbs, some housewives save the heads of garlic in three-liter jars under nylon lids, after sprinkling them with rock salt or flour.
- Wood ash has good antimicrobial and antibacterial properties. It makes sense to keep garlic in cardboard or small wooden boxes (for example, from parcels), sprinkling them with ash.
- Wood shavings or sawdust can be used instead of ash.
- The method of saving garlic in nylon stockings is still popular. Stockings, knee-highs or tights filled with heads of garlic are hung in a closet or on a wall in a closet.
These are the ways to ensure a long storing garlic in the apartment in winter tested by more than one generation of our compatriots. Choose for yourself the most convenient and easiest for permanent use. All the best!
How to keep dahlia tubers in a city apartment in winter
How to keep dahlia tubers in a city apartment in winter
FROM the approach of cold weather in dahlias cut the stems to 10-15 centimeters, remove the remaining leaves and side shoots from them, if they are. Then the bush is carefully dug in at a distance of at least 25 centimeters, depending on its height.
The higher the height, the further you need to start digging. It is better to use a pitchfork to extract tubers., carefully dipping them under the base of the bush, holding the plant by the stem.
Dug up tubers shake off the soiltaking the utmost care not to damage them. Then they are dried in a dry room with good ventilation at room temperature. If the weather permits (sunny, dry), you can dry it outdoors.
After 5-7 days, the tubers are freed from small roots, the left stems are shortened to 5-7 centimeters.
All cuts must be treated with fluff lime or crushed charcoal or activated carbon.
After processing, the tubers are dried, but already in a cool room, also with constant access to fresh air. In this case, the tubers are covered with light material: straw, burlap or just newspapers. So they are kept for another two weeks. The less the tubers wrinkle when dried, the better they will last until spring, they will retain more vitality.
Tubers can be marked at any time during drying, using any suitable method for this.
Next - bookmark for storage... This is the most difficult task for urban residents. Basements and attics in modern high-rise buildings are reserved for communications, and there is no way to use them. Therefore, you have to look for other ways.
If there are only a few tubers, you can storage use an ordinary home refrigerator... The tubers are put in a plastic bag with holes, sprinkled with sawdust and placed in a vegetable box. Instead of sawdust and peat, you can wrap each nodule in a newspaper.
Relatively small amount prepared tubers are well preserved on the glazed balcony (loggia), if in winter there is a low positive temperature. They are placed in boxes, preferably wooden or plywood, boxes made of thick cardboard, plastic containers, which have access to air. At the same time, they are sprinkled with clean sand or peat. Also, as in the previous case, you can use newspapers. Then the container with tubers is displayed on the balcony.
Home stored tubers they regularly check if mold has appeared on them, if the decay process has begun. If such an attack happens, the affected tubers are immediately isolated. Mold can be washed off and rotting areas can be cut off. Then the tubers are dried again and stored, but separately from healthy ones.
If the first two options are completely unsuitable, properly prepared tubers are buried in the summer cottage. They are put in a barrel, metal or plastic, interspersed with moss. Then the barrel is placed in a specially dug hole and covered with a lid with ventilation holes. A box, wooden or plywood, is installed on the lid, so an additional air gap is created. The whole structure is covered with a dense film or non-woven material so that the tubers are not covered with soil. Next, the barrel is covered with earth. This method is usually used when there are a lot of dahlia tubers.
Tubers are checked regularly during the winter.to detect signs of rot in time. In this case, the affected areas are cut off and treated with charcoal or brilliant green.
Each of these methods has worked well for dahlia lovers. The tubers are perfectly preserved, and next season, luxurious flowers decorate flower gardens again.