Have you ever come across a situation where you accidentally buy more groceries than you need?
At the shop, it seems like a smart decision to buy vegetables like carrots in bulk so they would be cheaper. However, once you’re home, you realize you can’t possibly consume all of it within a few days and they’ll go bad.
This is why we’ve come to you with the perfect post on how to freeze carrots.
Freezing vegetables, or perhaps any item of food, can help you prolong its life. Whether you intend to use it a month later or a few months later, it’ll be as if you bought it the previous day.
Who wouldn’t want to freeze carrots and have to option to take them out and eat them at any time of the year?
If you like vegetables, there is a high chance you have already scrolled the internet looking for ways to freeze carrots. However, the internet is a free medium and a lot of stuff available online might not always be very accurate.
You might be able to find tips for freezing carrots raw.
However, this might not be a very good decision as vegetables naturally have enzymes that cause them to mature and these enzymes do not die even in the fridge. To avoid this, you’ll have to blanch them before putting them in the freezer. Luckily for you, it’s not as difficult as it sounds.
Directions to Freeze Carrots:
- Carrots – the quantity depends on how much you want to freeze
- One large pot of boiling water
- An ice-water bath
- A food processor or a sharp knife for cutting (whichever you are most comfortable with)
- Vacuum sealed bags or ziplock bag for storing in freezer (make sure these bags are completely sealed as even the slightest gap might cause serious problems)
- Step 1:
The first thing you’ll have to do to freeze carrots is to remove the green stems from the carrots and wash them. Make sure no dirt is left behind. You might have to wash some carrots twice to completely remove dirt. Peeling it isn’t necessary but you can do it if you want to.
- Step 2:
Next, cut carrots according to your choice. It doesn’t matter at all whether you cut them in quarters or circles. Just try to keep their size consistent as this will help you later on with the cooking process. You can use a food processor to do so but a knife will be just as good.
- Step 3:
Take a pot and fill it with 2/3rd of water. Bring the water to boil and then add the carrots. Make sure that for every 4 cups of carrots, you have 16 cups of water. Once the water and the carrots start boiling, use a timer and boil sliced carrots for about 3 minutes and the whole baby carrots for about 5 minutes.
- Step 4:
Once you have boiled them for the specified amount of time take them out and immediately place them in a cold water bath. The water bath will ensure that the carrots will no longer continue to cook from their own heat.
- Step 5:
Drain the carrots and then place them in vacuum-sealed bags. Make sure there is no air in the bags as this might cause serious problems for you later on. To ensure this, you can place a straw on one side of the bag and suck the air out of the bag. This will create a vacuum inside the bag.
- Step 6:
The last step in the guide to freezing carrots is the labeling and dating of the bag. If you have followed all these steps accurately and made no mistakes, then these frozen carrots will be good for a whole year.
On the other hand, one thing that we must point out over here is that despite this being one of the best ways to store carrots, frozen carrots are not the same as fresh ones.
Normally, freezing carrots to store them might preserve the taste and nutritional value of the carrots; however, they do cause a certain change in the texture. They no longer remain as crisp and hard as they used to.
If you ask us, all of this depends on what you plan on using them for. We recommend you to use them for meals and dishes rather than for salads. Salads require freshly cut vegetables while it doesn’t really matter when it comes to dishes and meals.
This post listed 6 easy steps for you to freeze carrots whenever you feel like you’ve bought more than needed. You can stay worry-free and make delicious meals even with those that were stuck in your freezer for a month or two. Was this article helpful? We look forward to your response.