If you like to eat baby carrots that are ready to consume, I have news for you. Ready to eat baby cut carrots are really just big carrots that have been cut and sanded down into those cute little shapes. They’re not bad but they don’t taste nearly as good as long, fresh carrots that haven’t been chopped, processed, and sanded. It takes a little effort to chop carrots and get them ready for munching on but once you taste the difference, you’ll just say no to baby carrots, too. Keeping fresh vegetables on hand and ready for eating is a great way to keep hungry mouths fed, too. When my kids come home from school ready for a snack, I whip carrots out of the refrigerator for munching on while additional snacks get prepared.
Just say no to baby carrots
Here are my carrot buying tips:
- Buy organic carrots so you don’t have to peel them.
- Scrub with a brush prior to cutting off tops and bottoms.
- Look for long, thin carrots because they’re easier to cut and they taste better, too.
- If carrots start to get soft and rubbery, soak them in ice water in the refrigerator until they firm up.
- Can’t use your carrots in time? Dice or chop and freeze for later use in a stew or soup.
- Check the unit price – baby cut carrots are usually more expensive than even the organic ones.
Get your carrots munching ready….
- Scrub carrots with a vegetable brush in cold water to get off any dirt.
- Cut tops and bottoms off of carrots.
- Cut large round carrots in half before cutting them into snack size pieces.
- Store in air tight container to keep from drying out.
- Sprinkle with water if necessary to keep from drying out or getting soft.
Honestly, baby carrots are better than eating junk food or fast food but if you’re looking for more taste in your carrots, try buying them fresh and long. Greens attached are even better. Try growing carrots, too. Carrots straight from the garden are the best.
My carrots get stored in a container that is getting refilled regularly. When the container gets slimy (yes, it happens), I run it through the dishwasher and then set it in the sun to dry. Letting food storage containers soak with baking soda and vinegar is another way to keep them fresh smelling and the slime away.
I save all of my green carrot tops and cut off tops and bottoms in a plastic bag in my freezer. Whenever I go to make chicken broth or vegetable broth, all I have to do is empty my bag of frozen vegetable scraps into the pot and bring it to a boil. (Find out how to make your own broth.)You can’t get that from a bag of baby carrots, now can you?
Are you inspired to have a carrot taste test at your house?
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