How to preserve carrots (in 7 unique ways)

In this brief guide, we are going to answer the question “How to preserve carrots?”, and discuss the different methods of preserving carrots and the potential implications of preserving carrots.

How to preserve carrots?

You can preserve carrots by refrigerating, freezing canning, pickling, storing underground, etc. It can be used in various dishes such as in desserts, soups, vegetables, stirred fries, side dishes, etc., and preserving the carrots is much easier since they stay fine for a longer period. 

What makes carrots a healthier choice for us? 

Carrot is a really good vegetable that contains vitamin A, C, and K. Also it’s high in fiber and pectin. It helps in lowering cholesterol levels. It is known to be good for the eyes and also has been researched to have cancer-fighting effects.

What are the different ways of preserving carrots?

Can the carrots be stored underground in the garden?

If the weather finds its way to hold on to the shining sun, then the best way to store the garden carrots is to keep them underground. They need not be dug out. They can be kept underground but covered by dry straws. And used as and when needed.

Is basement storage of carrots a good idea? 

If the weather is not too cold to be snowing, basements are good to store carrots for the whole season and longer. They can stay dry and moisture-free in the basement. 

Steps used to preserve carrots in the basement.

  • Do not wash the carrots before storing them.
  • Remove the top stem from each one of the carrots.
  • Dust off the dirt from the carrots and store them in a rack or clean the floor. 

These carrots are ready to be used in any kind of dish for the whole season.

How to refrigerate carrots?

Refrigerating carrots is the simplest way of storing carrots. It’s the way every other person stores carrots regularly. 

The steps involved in this process are as follows:

  • Wash the dirt off the carrots.
  •  Chop off the stems of the carrots( this helps to increase the shelf life of the carrots).
  • The carrots can be sliced or diced or cut into coins or julienne as per the need of the dish for convenience.
  • Though storing them whole without chopping helps them stay for a longer run.
  • They can be preserved in polythene bags, or zip lock bags, wrapped in paper towels, or air-tight containers.

Can carrots be preserved by the freezing method?

Carrots can be preserved by freezing them. And can be stored for a long time.

The steps involved in freezing carrots are as follows.

  • Clean the carrots and remove the top.
  • Blanch the carrots ( helps stop enzyme action, this helps to retain flavor, color, and texture of the carrots.)
  • Move the carrots out of the boiling water and put them in the chilling cold water.
  • Remove them from water and pat them dry using paper towels.
  •  Chop them into pieces or store them directly in the ziplock containers.
  • Keep them in the freezer. 
  •  Take them out when required to be used in the food. 
  • Defrost the carrots and use them as needed.

Dehydrating carrots

The dehydration process is almost similar to that of the freezing process. 

 The steps involved in the dehydration of carrots are as follows.

  • Clean the carrots and peel them if needed.
  • Chop them in any way as desired for the dish.
  • Blanch them in hot boiling water for 3-4 mins. 
  • Remove the carrots and drop them in ice-cold water.
  • Pat the carrots dry and put them in the dehydrator tray. 
  • Open the dehydrator and set the temperature. 
  •  Place the tray into the dehydrator once the temperature is set to about 125℉.
  • Wait for 12-14 hours for the carrots to dehydrate completely.
  • Store the carrots in jars or ziplock bags. 

Carrots preserved this way last longer and require a much lesser amount of storage space. Thus, dehydrating becomes a space-saving method. 

Canning of carrots for preservation.

Canning is a technical method that helps to store carrots for a long duration of time. 

Canning requires a step-by-step method to make the preservation effective and time enduring.

Canning is done for those foods that are low-acid in nature. This method requires higher temperatures than boiling water for sterilization. Canning can become quite an expensive process to undergo, but it is important to rid all bacteria from the process and water bath canning will not work. Canned carrots go well in soups, casseroles, cakes, and baby food. 

Canning is done by the following steps.

  • Wash the carrots well with clear water.
  • Process the carrots – peel them or let the peel remain(nutritious), chop it, dice it or puree it. 
  • Wash the jar where the carrots will be stored. Wash the lid and the ring with hot soapy water. 
  • Check that the jar is proper from all sides and not leaking or crooked or nicked at the rim.
  • Fill in the jar with the carrots.
  • Check that there is about a one-inch gap at the top after filling( for any expansion taking place).
  • Add salt adequately and then add hot water to it. 
  • Read the directions given along with the pressure canners and do as asked.
  • Take out the jars from the cooker after 30 mins.
  • Once sterilized, check for the seal so that there is no bacterial attack. 
  • Store the jars in a dark cold place.

Carrots are ready for use in any dish so prepared.

Pickling of carrots 

Carrots can also be preserved by pickling them. The pickled carrots can be stored in a cool and dry place and used as and when needed in the dish. They can be stored for months. But once opened they should be stored in the refrigerator.

 Steps of pickling carrots for preserving them.

  • Clean the carrots and remove the spoilt or rotten ones.
  • Remove the stalk and use the greens in a salad or any other dish.
  • Chop the carrots. 
  • Clean a jar and wipe it thoroughly until it’s dry.
  • Make a brine using vinegar, salt, and sugar.
  • Put the carrots in the jar and leave an inch space.
  • Put the brine to the brim and add extra salt for better shelf life. 
  • Store the jar in a dark cold place for long-term preservation.

Other FAQs about Carrots that you may be interested in.

Can you eat carrots with nematodes?

Can you eat carrots past the expiration date?

Can you eat carrot skin?

Conclusion

In this brief guide, we answered the question “How to preserve carrots?”, and discussed the different methods of preserving carrots and the potential implications of preserving carrots.

If you have any questions or comments please let us know.

Citations

https://www.oakhillhomestead.com/2019/06/how-to-preserve-carrots.html
https://www.hgtv.com/outdoors/gardens/garden-to-table/how-to-store-and-preserve-carrots-from-the-garden