How long do cooked carrots last in fridge?
Cooked carrots should last well for 3-5 days in a fridge working at 40°F (4°C) temperature.
|At room temperature||Stored in fridge||Stored in freezer|
|Cooked carrots||–||3-5 days||Upto 1 year|
|Fresh carrots||3-5 days||3-4 weeks||Upto 1 year (after blanching)|
Storage of left-over food can be tricky sometimes. The same goes for food which do not come with an expiry date or use before date. Although, by experience you come to know how long each food item would last.
In this brief article, we discuss how long cooked carrots can last and different storage techniques to extend the shelf life.
What factors affect shelf life of cooked carrots?
There are various factors which affect the storage of left-overs in fridge such as:
- Microbial load
- Temperature of fridge
- Over-crowded fridge
- How long was it outside before keeping in fridge
How to store cooked carrots?
Generally, cooked left-overs vegetables do not last longer than a day when kept at room temperature. But, these cooked vegetables like carrots can last up to 3-7 days in a refrigerator if kept in air tight containers.
How to identify if carrots have gone bad?
Spoilt carrots can be identified by smell, look, feel and taste.
If you see any black or white spots of mould, discard the whole carrot right away. Do not cut away the spoilt part to use the rest. Invisible tiny moulds would be present that can be dangerous if consumed.
Rotten carrots will produce a strong pungent smell whereas fresh carrots should not give any smell.
If the carrots shrink to loose firmness and texture, it is the first sign of start of spoilage due to loss of moisture. Although, the freshness can be brought back by keeping the carrots dipped in water for 3-4 hours before using.
The taste of spoilt cooked carrots would be sour and acidic. It will also give off a pungent smell.
5 Storage tricks to extend shelf life of carrots
In order to store carrot properly, you are required to keep them at a temperature of a minimum of 33 degree Fahrenheit. Moreover, a carrot requires 95 per cent humidity when it is stored. Discussed below are some tips and tricks to extend the shelf life of fresh carrots to maximum in fridge.
- Remove dirt: Rub off the excess mud and dirt on carrots before keeping in fridge. But, do not wash them. The layer of soil on carrots can help prevent rotting.
- Plastic bags: Store them separately in a clean plastic bag but keep the seal open.
- Dry carrots: Sometimes carrots dry up in the fridge. A wet paper towel wrapped on the carrots will do the trick and prevent moisture loss.
- Cutting the heads: Cut off the green heads to extend the shelf life.
- Freezing carrots: In order to store carrots for much longer time say months, it can be stored in freezer. Blanched carrots will last even longer.
Do you know these left-over carrot recipes before it goes bad?
Freeze them to extend shelf life, but they should be blanched first. Some of the easy recipes to use carrots before it goes bad are discussed below.
- Cream and carrot soup
- Carrot halwa (Gajar ka halwa)
- Vegetable stock
- Pickled carrot
- Beef and carrot dish
- Beetroot and carrot pancakes
How healthy are carrots?
Carrots are particularly a good source of beta carotene, fibre, vitamin K1, potassium and antioxidants.
They have a number of health benefits. It’s linked to lower cholesterol levels and improved eye health. Carotene antioxidants present in carrots have been linked to a reduced risk of cancer as well.
Crunchy, tasty and highly nutritious carrots are consumed a lot. But, at the same time its storage and shelf life are important things to be taken care of so that you consume only fresh and healthy carrots.
Even rabbits do take care of their carrots so let’s us too!