I know what many of you have been thinking. Ranger Man has just returned to turn this site into a survival/preparedness/awesome kick-ass blog in order to make HUGE bucks through online advertising and direct market sales. Yes, well …. no. I’ve done a variety of blogs over a number of years. The blogging time/effort/frustration-to-pay ratio is p-a-t-h-e-t-i-c.
No, not me, not that I wouldn’t mind it if you USEd that Amazon search bar for your STHF stock piling. Unlike the lucky Mr. James let-me-post-everyone-else’s-writing-and-make-tons-of-money-doing-it Wesley Rawles, I actually have to generate my own junk for this blog.
No, I’m here for another reason (besides the fact I love you), and that is – to pick your brain!
This year’s backyard garden is a story that I’ll have to get to over the coming weeks/months, but I’m now in a situation where I need to store a fair sum of potatoes. This is where you come in. I’ve spoken about the potato’s SHTF food attributes before, so it should come as no surprise that I planted some. Plus, I live in Maine – it’s what we grow. I just dug these out of the ground yesterday:
A few years ago when I wrote about my last backyard potato action experience, I went on to try storing the taters in wooden apple crates, covered over in the basement. And they rotted out. Fast. Stunk like hell.
I’ve done web searches on spud storage and everyone has a different solution. I know we’re going to cut some up and freeze them as fries. We also want to make shredded homefries for the freezer, too. Mmmmm, those will be damn fine on the cast iron skillet next to a couple sizzling eggs and bacon ….
I digress! Anyone have suggestions on how I should store the other spuds? I want them in the basement. It’s a walkout basement, so it has limited “root cellar” qualities. I’ve read about people putting them in coolers. I’ve also read the University of Nebraska’s brief, but seemingly sound advice. I just harvested a few taters and found their skin is still thin. According to the Nebraska advice, I need to leave ’em in the ground longer. I’ll bet they taste okay on the skillet now, though.
I’ll probably split the potatoes up into a few piles and try a few different storage techniques for my particular location and basement. Thoughts, comments, suggestions or potato storage stories?
– Ranger Man
BTW: On a somewhat similar subject, for the ladies ….. and dudes of …. other persuasion …. errrrr …. anyway ….