Preserving Carrots from the Garden + Our Best Carrot Growing Tips

July 13, 2016

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PRESERVING CARROTS:

Freezing carrots are my most favorite way to save them for soups, pot pies, and stews for the fall and winter months.

1. Wash and scrub the carrots generously. I soak them in a sink bath and take a brush to scrub off all of the dirt. Children LOVE the busy work of washing carrots so let them in on the fun!  I do not peel them like some do as I find that method wastes a lot of valuable nutrition.  Scrubbing with a brush is usually enough.  We like this BRUSH. Its for dishes, but making a really great veggie brush!

2. Chop the carrots up. I dice some, half some, and leave some in bigger chunks as I like the rustic look this makes in dishes.

3. Blanch them. Bring a pot of water to a boil, pour in the carrots chunks and continue to boil for 2 minutes.

4. Strain them. I usually run a bit of cold water over them to help cool them off.

5. Cover a baking sheet with parchment paper and line the carrots on it in a single layer. You may need more than one baking sheet depending on your harvest.

6. Freeze.

7. Once frozen, pour them into freezer bags and label.

 

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Carrots are one of my most favorite garden veggies to grow and preserve for fall/winter soups. Nothing beats the true earthy flavor of a homegrown carrot. When I first tried to grow carrots our harvest was laughable. Really, we planted 100’s of seeds and only harvested a handful of mediocre carrots. We finally have figured out our own way of sowing carrot seeds for a beautiful harvest!

CARROT GROWING TIPS:

1. Mix your small carrot seeds with sand. The carrot seeds are SO tiny it is really hard to plant them one by one with out clumping them up. When they clump you are then left with the later job of thinning. You will still have to thin some when mixing the seeds with sand, but not as much.

2. Mix early radish seeds in with the mix of carrot seeds and sand. These will pop up before your carrot tops and will make it easier to identify where your carrot rows are. I also mix in some beet seeds as well.

3. Make sure the carrot rows are free of stones. We make this into a game with the kids. Nothing wrong with a little child labor 😉

4. Carrots love fertile soils with plenty of well rotted organic matter so instead of covering our row with garden soil, I keep a bag of organic compost matter and cover the seeds with that instead.

We buy seeds HERE. 

1 Comment
    1. 1) your photos. all the heart eyes.
      2) carrots are my favorite. I never thought about freezing them! can’t wait to see some pop up at the farmers market now.
      3) i’m so happy every time I see a new post from you.

      xo, Eliza

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