WWOC 18: Root Cellar

Canned food, image from Creative Commons

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A cellar safely preserves a farm family’s food throughout the seasons. Food preparation was left to women. The goal of this work was to prevent bacteria from growing on food products before they could be consumed by the family. Preservation was challenging work, often taking hours of preparing and cooking ingredients. It required significant knowledge of skills and techniques to preserve a variety of food products. Different techniques included drying, salt curing, pickling, sugaring, and making jellies. A wide variety of skills allowed women and girls to store various foods for extended periods. Without their efforts, many farm families would have gone hungry in the winter.