This section is from the book "Save It For Winter.", by Frederick Fry Rockwell. Also available from Amazon: Save It For Winter; Modern Methods Of Canning, Dehydrating, Preserving And Storing Vegetables And Fruit For Winter Use, With Comments On The Best ... For Saving, And When And How To Grow Them.
No matter what, or how much, or how little, one may plan to keep for winter by storing, the best possible place that can be provided to keep it should be prepared in advance. Even if this involves considerable time and trouble and some expense, it will pay to do it; unless that can be done, it will be best to give up making the attempt at keeping things in this way, as the waste and loss will more than offset any saving which may be made by purchasing in quantity in the fall.
In preparing for winter storage, in addition to the factors mentioned above, convenience and control should also be taken into consideration. Convenience in putting the vegetables away, however, is not the only thing to be kept in mind. They will be wanted through the winter months, and while they have to be put into storage only once, one will have to go to them a great many times to take them out. For this reason it will pay to go to considerably more trouble in fixing a reg ular cellar or storeroom than it would take to make a pit outside. Even where one has a storeroom or cellar, however, an outside pit is of great value in keeping vegetables through the winter for use in the spring. Properly protected, they will remain in much better condition than in the cellar. If the pit is in a sheltered place, potatoes and root crops may be taken out in May in as good condition as they were put in in the fall.
In the following paragraphs suggestions are given for making or fitting up the Various types of places in which Vegetables and fruits may be stored for winter.