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How To Preserve Carrots ?

23 Feb 2016

Why and how should we preserve carrots?

Good colored and textured carrots are found for a very short period of time in winters  . In summer you will found stored carrots (less in taste and orange in color) almost everywhere. So do not miss to store them when they are in abundance and of good quality. We store it because of its wonderful qualities.

Benefits of carrots:

It is the world’s no 1 healthiest food . Both adults and children like carrots because of their crunchy texture and sweet taste.  So this is one of the valuable vegetable for parents, as children seem to enjoy eating  them ,a rare exception.

1-      It is rich in antioxidants thus helping  prevent cancer.

2-      It improves the vision because it is an excellent source of vitamin A .

3-      Having plenty of soluble fibers  ;it help to reduce cholesterol  and thus prevents heart disease.

4-      The fibers present in carrots help clean out  the colon and hastened waste movements help to detoxify our body.

5-      Its all in the crunch! Carrots clean your teeth and mouth. They scrap off plaque and food articles just like tooth brushes.

6-      It is rich in vitamin C, k , Iron, potassium etc. So boosts immune system.

7-      As you know fiber is one of the most important element in maintaining good digestive health. Fiber adds bulk to stool which helps it to pass smoothly through the digestive tract.

8-      Carrots are good for blood sugar regulation due to the presence of carotenoids in this delicious vegetable.

9-      It improves the memory;  so good for brain health.

10-  Good in blood pressure as it is a rich source of potassium which is a vasodilator and can relax the tension in your blood vessels and arteries.


How to preserve carrots in freezer:

1-      Get fresh carrots (do not use old carrots for freezing)

2-      First remove the greens since they draw away moisture from the root.

3-      Cut the top and bottom of carrots .

4-      Peel the carrots.

5-      Wash them thoroughly .

6-      Now cut into small pieces

7-      Put a large pan on gas ,fill it with 2/3 water let it boil.

8-      Put the carrots in boiled water just for 2-3 minutes.

9-      Now strain the water

10-  Let it cool down by running cold water.

11-  Spread it on a trey , do not overlap it .Now put the trey in freezer

12-  Next day take out trey and put the pieces of carrots in zip lock bag one by one.

13-  Put it immediately in freezer

14-  Make sure no air is  in the bag.


Why  we blanch carrots before freezing  ?

When we store carrots  without blanching  ,even in freezer some enzymes and bacteria  grow in such a low temperature . They  will not keep carrots fresh for a long time. So to avoid bacteria and enzymes  growth , we should blanch carrots  to keep them  fresh for a longer  duration.

 Why we rinse it with cold water immediately after blanching?

 We do it to avoid overcooking of carrots.


Why pieces of blanched carrots should not overlap in trey?

 If the carrots overlap at all they will end up sticking together upon being frozen. This step is done for the sole purpose of preventing the carrots from sticking together in the freezer.


Note – when you want to use frozen carrots use it immediately either in vegetables or soups.  After thawing do not let  the carrots outside for  a long time. Avoid  using it in Salads or raw form.

 Research has shown that microwave blanching is not always an effective method as some enzymes may not be inactivated .


Beware of baby carrots :

Baby carrots are not actually baby carrots at all ; but rather are less than perfect carrots that have been shaved down to a smaller size . They are also typically given a chlorine bath to prolong shelf life.

For this reason I always recommend purchasing whole carrots instead of baby carrots.

       Dr. Suman Setia  BAMS ,DNHE ,PGDHHM

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Last Modified: February 23, 2016 03:58 PM
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