Best Way to Keep Carrots Fresh

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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
  • Water
  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. Fill the bowl with clean (ideally filtered) water. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap or its sealable lid and place in the refrigerator.
  4. Change out water once a day. Carrots will keep fresh and superbly crunchy for up to a week this way.
  5. 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?


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Comments from other ninjas:

  1. Gillian says

    I’m always suggesting that we can make soup with limp vegetables, rather than throwing them out. I have also discovered that I have more success if I don’t put them in the veg drawer, but rather in baskets on the shelf above. In the drawer, there seems to be too much humidity. Now I keep the milk there, and the extra yogourt and margarine.

  2. Vera Marie Badertscher says

    I’m being the contrarian here. Don’t you lose some vitamins by soaking the carrots in water? Actually, my carrots don’t seem to go limp before they grow a thick coat of hair. YUCK!

  3. MyKidsEatSquid says

    I wanted to add my thank you too. Although, my kids usually go through carrots pretty quickly.

  4. NoPotCoooking says

    This is a great tip. Isn’t this basically what the do to “baby carrots” that you buy in a bag? there’s always some moisture in there.

  5. Christine says

    I wish I’d known this before opening the fridge today and seeing another pile of lifeless, dried out carrots. Thanks for the tip!

  6. sarah henry says

    My mum used to do this with lots of veggies and I can attest that it does keep ’em fresh.

    I just never think to do it. But I only get the wilty, weird carrots if they’ve been sitting in my refrigerator way too long.

  7. Alisa Fleming says

    My dad always loved carrots and this is how he always prepped them after they came home from the grocery. We always had a container full of water and carrot stick on hand! I need to start doing this myself.

  8. Sheryl says

    Interesting. I never knew this. And end up, too many times, with wilted, lifeless carrots. Thanks for this handy tip.

  9. Kerry says

    I use a different method. I roll the carrots up in bubble wrap (the kind with small bubbles is easier to store but all sizes work) in batches of about six to eight, and close the ends with rubber bands. cut any straggling bit of top off before wrapping, and they’ll keep for quite a time. you can just open up the packet and take out how many you need, and close it up again. the wrap is reusable, too.

  10. Casey@Good. Food. Stories. says

    We must have a magical fridge, because our carrots stay crunchy for WEEKS without any extra prodding. Of course, we don’t buy those weird baby carrot nubbins. Dan likes the real Bugs Bunny-style ones.

  11. Melanie @ Frugal Kiwi says

    Interesting. I’ll be keeping this in mind as our carrot crop is just getting to harvest size.

  12. Roxanne @ Champion of My Heart says

    I gave Tom a juicer for xmas, and we’re currently going through pounds of carrots a week. I printed this out for him since he is the one and only juice-master in the house.


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