What happens if you eat bad carrots?

In this brief guide, we will answer the question, “what happens if you eat bad carrots?”. We will also talk about why carrots go bad, how to tell when carrots go bad and how to safely store carrots.  

What happens if you eat bad carrots?

Eating bad carrots is harmful as they may have infectious bacteria and molds that can result in food poisoning. The person may experience fever, vomiting, stomach pain, and bloody diarrhea.

Though the immune systems of most individuals will work to free their bodies of the pathogenic bacteria with limited or no long-term side effects, it often induces the not-so-pleasant symptoms of foodborne illness.

Rubbery carrots are a sign of dehydration, and if not handled, mold may spread and the carrots will turn mushy, which indicates rotting. Rubbery carrots are edible, but the taste is unpleasant.

Carrots that have gone bad turn slimy and mushy, and shouldn’t be consumed. As a result, ensure your carrots are properly stored. Store them at room temperature, for example, to avoid accelerating bacterial growth. Instead, store it in a cool, dry area like a refrigerator or freezer.

Also, for better and long shelf life, make sure your carrots are whole and not sliced, which minimizes such risks.

How to tell if carrots have gone bad?

Just like other vegetables, carrots are only good for a certain time. Once this time passes, consuming carrots or incorporating them into a recipe is not suggested. 

Thoroughly check the interior and exterior of the carrots for signs of spoilage, to prevent yourself and your family from being sick.

If you start to see any of the following signs on your carrots, it’s time to toss them out.

Slimy carrots: You want carrots to be firm and crunchy, therefore it’s alarming when they get slimy due to extreme condensation and moisture. Carrots should not be consumed at this point because they can make you suffer. Rather, throw them out.

Rubbery carrots: Carrots that have become rubbery and soft have spoiled. You can still eat them at this point, but the taste and texture will almost certainly be bad. At this point,  Use these carrots in recipes that demand a soft texture, for instance, cream of carrot soup.

Black spots on carrots: If you notice black spots on your carrots, you may be dealing with black rot, which is caused by the fungus Alternaria radicina. Two variables that contribute to its development include higher temperatures and extended moisture on the leaves. 

Dirt could also be the cause of marks on carrots. They should be fine to eat if you wash them or chop off the dark patches.

What is the shelf life of carrots?

The shelf life of carrots varies with the storage conditions. The below table shows the shelf life of carrots concerning different storage conditions.

Type of carrotsStored in a refrigerator
Fresh Carrots (Whole) last for 4-5 Weeks
Baby Carrots last for 3-4 Weeks
Cooked Carrots last for 1 Week

What is the best way to store carrots?

There is much more to storing carrots than simply tossing a package of them into your veggie drawer. One method is to soak them in water. Carrots can survive up to one month in the fridge if properly stored.

Begin by removing the greenish tops of the carrots if they have their leaves attached. This step is crucial because if you skip it, the carrots will dry up and become soft as the greenish tops of the carrots will soak all of the moisture.

Finally, place the carrots in a container with a lid and fill them with water. Keep them in the fridge and change the water every 4 to 5 days or when it becomes hazy.

Make sure carrots are kept separate from fruits like apples and pears. Ethylene is a gas produced by these fruits that promotes other fruits and vegetables to ripen faster.

Freezing

Keeping your carrots in a freezer is the best option for long-term storage. You should blanch your carrots before keeping them in a freezer and store them in freezer-safe containers.

Blanching is a thermal treatment that involves immersing carrots in boiling water or steam to kill enzymes before they are kept in a freezer.

Small whole carrots should be blanched for five min before being chopped, while sliced carrots should be blanched for two min.

Conclusion 

In this brief guide, we have provided an answer to the question, “what happens if you eat bad carrots?”. We have also talked about why carrots go bad, how to tell when carrots go bad and how to safely store carrots.  

References 

https://www.leaf.tv/articles/how-to-freeze-bags-of-baby-carrots/
https://everythingwhat.com/can-eating-old-carrots-make-you-sick

Hi, I am Charlotte, I love cooking and in my previous life, I was a chef. I bring some of my experience to the recipes on this hub and answer your food questions.