The best way to keep carrots fresh so they stay crunchy for dinner tonight is something that, despite being simple, many folks don’t seem to think about. How many times have you gone to the store and bought a bunch of carrots or other vegetables, which sat in your fridge for a few days? And then, half a week later you go to use them when you’ve got an idea for dinner, and they’re so weak and bendy you can almost tie them in a knot? That’s most certainly not good eats, and the idea of wasting food really stresses me out.
(Note: If you do end up with wimpy carrots, they’re perfect for adding to a smoothie. You can also freeze vegetables, if you know how to store them properly.)
Sure, Gumby-like carrots and other vegetables can still be used and will probably taste ok, but they’re not at their peak texture and eating them raw is pretty much out of the question. You just need to learn how to store carrots properly. Learning the best way to keep carrots fresh, so that they retain their crunch, will make for a much better experience, regardless of what you’re making.
With this method, I’ve stored carrots and kept them crunchy for over a week. Seriously. Then I know they’ll be fresh and ready when they’re part of what I want to cook for dinner.
Thankfully, keeping carrots fresh is very easy. (The same goes for keeping celery fresh.) There’s no expensive accessories involved. You don’t need to buy any strange-looking humidifying devices for your refrigerator. In fact you only need two things you already have lying around your house.
The best way to keep carrots fresh:
Keeping carrots fresh while you store them is super simple. You only need a few things:
- 1 bunch of carrots
- A large glass bowl or sealed plastic container
- Peel carrots and cut them in half so they are half as long. If you want to keep your carrots whole and unpeeled, that’s fine. You’ll just need a bowl or sealed container that can accommodate the entire bunch of carrots and some water.
- Arrange the carrots in the receptacle so that there is at least 1-inch of headroom between the top of the carrots and the rim of the bowl.
- Fill the bowl with clean (ideally filtered) water. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap or its sealable lid and place in the refrigerator.
- Change out water once a day. Carrots will keep fresh and superbly crunchy for up to a week this way.
- You can keep any root vegetable fresh and crispy this way — try it with parsnips, beets, etc.
Now it’s your turn.
Do you have another way of storing carrots and keeping them fresh? How does your family do it? What’s your favorite way to use them for home cooked meals?