Carrying on, the next thematic area here in the Learning Centre had to do with food preservation. With many foods being perishable quickly, what kind of techniques have humans used to make things last?
This, for instance, is a cupboard refrigerator, built in St. Catherines here in Ontario in 1861. The method at the time included the use of ice, cut from frozen lakes over the winter and stored in ice houses for the rest of the year.
Another method might include the root cellar, either created in a basement space or dug out of the ground. There was one replicated here that you could walk into. We had something like this beneath our front entrance when I was growing up, a small basement room that stayed relatively cool, ideal for storing bags of potatoes and other such items.
Other methods for the storing of goods were examined here, including burial in the ground, immersion in wells, packaging, or drying the food, a technique used by First Nations people extensively here in Canada. Panels and small scale models were used to show the techniques.