These Mysterious Home Features Used To Serve A Purpose Centuries Ago

Why The Closet Along An Outside Wall Is Cold

If an old home has an outside closet that’s always cold, there’s a good reason for it. Cold closets–yes, that’s their official name–were designed to preserve fruits and vegetables.

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Unlike ice boxes, cold closets were built into the house before families had access to refrigerators. Cold closets couldn’t keep produce frozen, but they could keep vegetables, cheese, and meats fresh for use. Especially during harvests, people would store herbs and produce in cold closets to prevent them from rotting. You can still use a cold closet if your refrigerator is full.

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