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From Drying Shed to Drying Chevy: Food Preservation Remains a Lively Tradition

In recent years it has become increasingly evident that we must broaden our conservation efforts to include resources such as food. Rising prices are forcing people to find alternatives to the grocery store. One way to combat the crunch is to store food. Not only does food storage save money, but it also allows seasonal fruits and vegetables to be available throughout the year. In many areas of the rural South, gardening, canning, drying, and smoking are traditional forms of retaining food that have remained vital for years.

Peer into the basement or root cellar of many rural homes and you will find summer's bounty stored for the winter. ...

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