It is a bit strange to write about storing vegetables when the spring just began, isn’t it? If you are following my blog for a while, you know that I don’t write anything just because. As it is the case with storing sweet potatoes, this is something you need to know in advance.
Therefore, here’s the article on how to store carrots, and not to lose any single one of them.
Required Tools And Equipment
Fortunately, for countless years people are storing all kinds of vegetables so that you won’t be doing anything extraordinary or new. This is great since everything is already known and the tools you will need are but a few.
Depending on the period you wish to preserve the carrots, you will need a spade, bubble wrap or nothing. There is an old procedure which caught my eye; it is super easy, so you will need a few bags of sand if you opt for this one (Trust me, it is incredible!).
Now, one of the most important ingredients which you will need are the carrots (of course), but it is their condition which will determine whether storing will be good or not. To last for a long period, they need to be healthy, firm and without damage.
Depending on your climate, you can harvest carrots in spring, if you left them for overwintering, or at the end of the summer or beginning of fall. If winters are mild in your area, leave them in the ground for the winter, add few inches of straw and enjoy much better taste in spring.
Since you will need space for storing carrots, consider either basement or similar area which you are using for same purposes. If they are not abundant in quantity, freezer or refrigerator can help.
Basement needs to be clear of clutter and dust. So, grab the broom when you find the time, and clean it a few weeks before harvesting. Since this is strictly the matter of preference, I won’t spend a lot of time explaining how to do so.
Generally speaking, after about 2 ½ months after planting is the time you can expect for carrots to be ripe. If you are uncertain, pull one from the ground and see its conditions. They are edible early, but you will want the root to be at least ½ of an inch in diameter because of collected nutrients which will be obtained.
A word of advice; don’t water too much before harvesting, since the ground will get sticky and difficult to remove. Instead, wait for the field to dry and then proceed. Just grab the top of the carrot, twist it and pull it out of the soil. If the root isn’t bent or deformed, it should come out easily, but just in case, keep the spade close at hand.
My preference is to cut out the green parts right away, so you can do this as well. Shake off any dirt and leave them for a day or two to dry out a bit.
Up to this point, this is what you will have to do for the majority of storage procedures. Further, it branches into several other ones which will be listed below.
Short Preserving Time – The Refrigerator
The easiest way to save carrots is to take them into the kitchen, wash thoroughly, and wrap each one in bubble wrap. If it is possible, choose wrap with smaller bubbles, since it will give the right balance of contact and space between carrots and wrapping.
Line them in the drawer, and in this way, they can stay fresh for about two weeks. If you need a more extended period of freshness, just put them in a bowl and pour water and store in the refrigerator this way. When water gets murky, just replace it. Mind that carrots can be stored only a few weeks in this way.
Medium Preserving Time – The Sand
Now, this is an interesting procedure. Start with lining carrots in a crate. After it is done, cover them with a layer of sand. After no carrots are sticking from the sand, line another layer of carrots, add sand and so on.
This is an excellent way to save them for a few months, since it doesn’t require any treatment, of course, you should see that the temperature is not too high, or that it falls below freezing point.
Long Preserving Time – The Freezer
Tossing the carrots in a bag and storing in a fridge is way too easy to do. I mean, you can do it, but the carrots will lose taste and freshness. Instead, pour water into the kettle or similar dish, and put it on the stove.
This procedure is called blanching, and it is done by putting vegetables into nearly boiling water for just a few minutes. After that, transfer them into another container, cover with ice and add water. By doing so, you will prevent loss of taste, and just dry them and store in a bag in the freezer.
So, here we are. At the end of this article about how to store carrots, and I believe that I have managed to help you to deal with this problem. As it is shown, it is nothing complicated so that anyone can do it.
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