posted on Apr, 4 2012 @ 04:09 PM
reply to post by Gazrok
Indeed. But it's worth bearing in mind that once electricity goes the need is for something that will preserve what has been harvested towards the
end of the year for the winter and/or the following spring. We can all-too-easily forget about that basic natural cycle in this day & age. The
significance of such primitive technologies is that they allow people to have access to a balanced, vitamin-filled diet when nothing will grow.
You know, now that I think back more carefully I believe this was used as a fridge
, not a freezer. (It was a very long time ago.) Cabbages were
one of the main contents preserved & now that I think about it I don't suppose you'd want to freeze them.
While the soil covering the hole was
expected to freeze to a depth of, say, 6 inches plus, the effect on the produce was, I now believe one of
simple preservation. In warmer zones perhaps there would still be some benefit, but it would take some experimentation to discover how far south it
would remain a useful technique.
Would any posters perhaps be willing to risk a cabbage for the greater good (or even just for their own good)?