Dealing with such an adaptable vegetable means that carrots just seem to find a way to incorporate themselves in all kinds of meals! But why waste a lot of their potentials with improper storing? Here’s how to store carrots and enjoy a fresh bite for months ahead!
Store Carrots For Months Ahead!
While managing our busy lives, especially during the wholly month of Ramadan, it is always appreciated having various kinds of vegetables available for when the mood strikes for something crunchy, nutritious, and downright delicious!
Although canned carrots have some sort of appeal, it is no match to the satisfying crunch of fresh carrots. So, here’s how to store carrots in various ways to last you for months and months ahead!
What You Will Need
- glass container
Here’s How to Store Carrots in Water
First, start by trimming off your carrots’ green top. Some stores would have already completed this step for you.
Then, place the unpeeled carrots in a glass container filled with water. Allow the carrots to completely cover the carrots.
Finally, close the lid, and place the container in the refrigerator. Change the water every 4-5 days.
Tips to Store Carrots
Tip 1: Store your carrots away from fruits and vegetables that produce ethylene gas such as apples, bananas, and pears.
Tip 2: Keep your carrots away from heat and light. This way, they will develop a higher concentration of vitamins.
Tip 3: Use a tall pitcher to store your carrots if you are looking to save space in your refrigerator.
Tip 4: You can also use a plastic bag to store carrots. However, make sure you poke holes in the bag, or leave it slightly open.
Tip 5: Don’t overcrowd your carrots in an airtight plastic bag. They need space for air circulation or they will spoil faster.
Incredibly Satisfying Crunch!
Frequently Asked Questions
Carrots are supposed to be solid and crunchy. So if you notice any texture change, weird smells, mold, or discoloration, it is definitely time to throw those carrots away.
Absolutely not! The best thing about a carrot is that it is entirely edible! Carrot greens can be used in vegetable broths, variety of salads, or even pesto.
Don’t wash and clean your carrots until you are ready to consume them. Washing them before storing can encourage bacteria growth, and make them more likely to spoil.
Other Ways to Store Carrots
In a Root Cellar
The point of a root cellar is the darkness; so it is okay if you are using a garage or a basement. Both would suffice.
Place your carrots vertically in a wooden box or a bucket filled with sand. It is important that you don’t completely seal shut your box, allowing moist air to circulate.
I also recommend not washing your carrots before storing. If you must, simply brush away the soil if they are a bother.
In The Ground
Unless your soil is expected to freeze during the cold winter months, you can store your carrots in their natural place. It is easy, space saving, and would keep your carrots fresh and crunchy all year long!
After making sure that your garden bed is well weeded, mulch it heavily with straw or leaves making sure that are pushed quite well against where the carrots are. Remember to harvest them before early spring.
Pro Tip: Since your carrots are fighting off the biting cold weather, their tops might die. The carrot roots and their taste will be completely fine, but it is best to mark the carrots’ location before you mulch.
Keep Them Fresh and Crunchy All Year Long!
In the Fridge
Instead of using a glass container filled with water, line an airtight container with paper towel, and place them in the coolest part of your fridge. Paper towels help regulate humidity, and would extend the vegetable’s life.
Extra Carrots? Make The Best Carrot-Infused Dishes!
Carrots are never to be wasted! If you don’t feel like munching on the raw vegetables while scrolling through your phone, I have a bunch of ideas on how you can infuse them in your meals!
As an appetizer or snack, dip you carrots away in a classic bowl of creamy Hummus with Tahini or homemade Tzatziki sauce. You can also mix them with lemon juice, salt, and a sprinkle of cumin. Serve them during game nights, and enjoy a refreshing crunch!
As a starter, your carrots could be infused in all sorts of dishes from various cuisines! Kick off your meal with a hot bowl of Chicken Healing powerhouse soup, or a soul-warming Carrot and Sweet Potato Thai Soup.
Now for the main course, you are looking for something filling, flavorful, and facile! I do believe that a serving of Pea and Carrot Stew (Bazella w Roz), Cajun Rice with your choice of protein, Chicken Curry with vegetables, or even some creamy Brown Lentil Dahl would leave you full and satisfied!
Turn Them Into Mouthwatering Dishes!
Interested in Freezing? Check This Out!
Using the freezer is the ideal way if you are left with too much carrots, and you are rather afraid they would go to waste. This would allow you to enjoy the vegetable all-year round, and put together meals in no time! Here’s how to properly freeze carrots.
First, start by cleaning and trimming the carrots; peeling them is optional, but I would prefer if you keep them intact.
Next, slice them in a desirable shape, then drop the carrots in boiling water to blanch them for 2-4 minutes. When done, transfer them to a bowl filled with ice water.
Then, you need to drain the carrots and line them in a single layer on a baking sheet. Place them in the freezer for a few hours.
Finally, transfer the frozen carrots to a freezer bag and pop them in the freezer. You now have carrots ready to participate in any meal for months ahead!
Save The Carrot Greens For Later!
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Store Carrots In Water For Months Ahead!
- Start by trimming off your carrots' green top. Some stores would have already completed this step for you.
- Place the unpeeled carrots in a glass container filled with water. Allow the carrots to completely cover the carrots.
- Close the lid, and place the container in the refrigerator. Change the water every 4-5 days.
- Store your carrots away from fruits and vegetables that produce ethylene gas such as apples, bananas, and pears.
- Keep your carrots away from heat and light. This way, they will develop a higher concentration of vitamins.
- Use a tall pitcher to store your carrots if you are looking to save space in your refrigerator.
- You can also use a plastic bag to store carrots. However, make sure you poke holes in the bag, or leave it slightly open.
- Don’t overcrowd your carrots in an airtight plastic bag. They need space for air circulation or they will spoil faster.