I've been doing a lot of canning lately and I've been thinking more and more about where I store all my precious new goodies. In the past I've been storing them in a room in my basement (that I'll explain more about in a minute) but I'm not sure if it's optimal or not. I was just wondering if there were any suggestions or thoughts out there to improve my storage room.
To picture my home it's a raised ranch so I have part of the basement whose walls are under ground and those that are not. The front of the house is under ground and there is a room under the concrete front porch. It's in this room that I store all my canning supplies and jars. Moving towards the back there is a laundry room (basically unheated) and then a "finished" basement section that is heated and has the furnace (coal fired) that of course is putting heat out.
I think this room would be optimal because it's all concrete walls, dark, dry, but I don't think it always gets as cool as it should. There is a "vent" in there out to the front lawn and I'm not sure if I"m better to block that in the summer and open it in the winter or not. There is only a cheap wooden door on it. I'm not sure if I should try and insulate the room at all or what I can do to make it more of a "cold room."
If it was up to me I'd bust into the wall and start digging out a full on cellar under the front yard but one step at a time and I have to keep the wife happy!