Carrots are amazing vegetables that you can use to keep your family and pets healthy. Carrots are known to contain a wide array of vitamins and minerals. They are also known to contain antioxidants that you can use to keep your eyes, skin and internal organs in good condition.
Food experts and nutritionists highly recommend that you eat carrots fresh from the harvest. This ensures that you will be able to get the most taste from your vegetable. Although they are widely available in the country and also affordable, you might want to know how long they last.
This is because you might end up buying them in bulk. This is also very important for those who are trying to grow carrots in their backyard gardens. You need to keep in mind that the last thing you want is to get dozens of carrots and have no clue about their shelf life or how to store them properly.
Basically, carrots will start to soften after a few days of harvest. Depending on how soon you harvested the carrots and what the storage conditions are, they will tend to go soft after 3-4 days. Although they might not yet be spoiled, you should know that at this point, they no longer taste good.
In some cases however, the carrots will develop a slimy exterior after 10 days outside the fridge. If they are placed in the refrigerator, especially in the fresh compartment, they might be able to last for as long as 4 - 5 weeks. Baby carrots on the other hand, will go soft in 3 – 4 weeks when stored in the fridge.
When refrigerated, the carrots will have a slimy or white exterior typically when it reaches the 3-week mark. Cooked carrots on the other hand, are known to last only for a few hours in room temperature, but they might be able to last for as long as a week when kept properly in a constantly cool place.
Carrots however, can unexpectedly spoil or get rotten especially it has been contaminated by the soil or with improper handling. The best way to know how long carrots can last is by checking its expiration date. Spoiled carrots will have a bad smell, a mushy texture, mold as well as white dehydration spots.
Instead of just keeping your carrots fresh for several weeks, you can actually try to extend its shelf life to as long as 10 – 12 months. You can do this simply by using a freezer instead of the refrigerator. By freezing, you can stretch its shelf life to a year especially if you keep the temperatures low.
Another way to increase the shelf life of the carrot is to make sure that you wash it carefully, let it dry and then put it inside an airtight plastic bag before freezing. Another way to extend its shelf life is to try to wash it, peel it, cut it into the proper sizes, blanch it for two minutes and then put it in ice cold water.
After that, you can then drain the excess water from the carrots, put the pieces in a plastic bag and then freeze it. The temperature inside the freezer must be at a constant 0° F so that you will be able to store the carrots indefinitely. If you want to use the carrots, you need to thaw small portions of it properly.
Freeze only fresh or blanched carrots. Avoid trying to re-freeze the thawed carrots. If you have already cooked the carrots, you should not try store it again. If the carrots are soft in the fridge, but is still good to eat, you can actually try to use it for making carrot soup and stocks so you can avoid wastage.
Carrots are amazing vegetables. You can use them to keep your entire family healthy by making it into a salad or by adding it as an ingredient for savory dishes. You can also use carrots to enrich or add nutrients to stocks and soups. Although it is ideally used fresh, you can actually use stored ones.
But you have to know first how to increase their shelf life. In general, fresh carrots will only stay in good condition for a couple of days without refrigeration. You can increase this by several weeks by putting it into an airtight container and storing it inside a refrigerator.
If you want to store it for longer time because you have bought or harvested too much of it, you will have to freeze it at a constant 0° F temperature. This will allow you to store the produce for 10 – 12 months or more. You can use soften carrots for soup but always discard ones that are rotten or have an awful smell.
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