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Stretching the season

KG editor Steve Ott explores the possibilities

Storing fruit and veg was once an essential skill – without it you and your family might not survive the cold winter months. Of course, now if you run out of carrots you can pop to the local supermarket; as a consequence, storing produce has become a bit of a lost art. Yet although learning good storage skills may no longer be a matter of survival, it can still save you lots on your food bill and, by reducing air miles, be great for the environment to boot!

Storage can be as simple as leaving root veg in the ground, perhaps covering with straw or old potting compost to insulate it from the frost. But now of course most people have a freezer

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