Before starting my project I did a lot of research on cold storage ideas. There are a lot of ideas out there! However, most of the ideas out there were too complex for me. I read about burying refrigerators, burying five gallon buckets, creating a cold storage room with the use of an air conditioner to cool. All of these ideas would work but are too complex for me.
One idea I did come across was to use plastic totes filled with sand. The idea is very simple. Put down a layer of sand, then veggies, then more sand. Keep going until you reach the top of the tote or run out of veggies to store.
After reading about this idea, I decided I would try it. I already had a bunch of plastic totes around the house and I had access to sand. I took the totes I had and layered them with sand and veggies. The idea worked great. I stored turnips, rutabagas, beets and carrots this year. It is mid February and all of the crops are still in good shape.
Of course every once in awhile I come across a bad veggie but such is life. I am very happy with how my storage system turned out. Next year, I plan to insulate the totes with some insulation I found. It was -22 here last night and a few carrots on top froze but the rest held up.
Check out the pictures of my set-up.