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Learn How to Store Carrots for Winter so they stay super crunchy until April like fresh from the garden!!
Large storage carrots can be packed in peat moss, sawdust or river sand, but, wait………what to do with all those little fingerling ones? These little carrots are super delicious but is there a secret to keeping them fresh and crunchy all the way to springtime???
I always end up with lots of little fingerlings when I do not thin them at the appropriate times. We have so many that I never really knew what to do with them…….that is, until last fall. If you do not have extra refrigerator space then try canning or freezing or dehydrating your extra carrots.
⇒How to Pressure Can Carrots from my friend Victoria at A Modern Homestead
⇒How to Freeze Carrots from Danielle at The Rustic Elk
⇒How to Dehydrate Carrots from Taylor Made Homestead
But if you want to store your little carrots for eating, then here is a super simple way to have that garden fresh taste all winter long and even into spring…..and I mean, crisp and fresh!
To begin with, here are the 5 Easy Steps on How to Store Carrots for Winter :
Pull all your carrots from your garden when the soil if relatively dry. Wet and super damp soil makes for really muddy carrots. Relatively dry soil makes it much easier to pull and clean them.
Knock off all the loose dirt and sort sizes into large, medium and small. Check out this Related Post: Store the large and medium in Peat Moss.
Snap or twist off the green tops……..Place these little carrots in a sink or bucket and fill with water. Swish to clean off all dirt. Rinse until clean….
Allow little carrots to drip dry and then spread them out on a clean towel or sheet to finish drying. Roll them around a bit for air circulation to make sure they are completely dry!!!
Once the carrots are completely dry, bag them up in Ziploc bags or place in clean glass jars. Next, put them in the crisper draw of your frig if you have room. I put ours in the crisper draw of a small apartment size refrigerator. This is nothing fancy just a small extra frig that is super handy for additional storage space!
Next, I always plan on using the smallest ones first and save the mid-size for later. These are so convenient to use as they are all clean and ready to go. Perfect for salads, Chicken Vegetable Soup, or Crock Pot Dinners!
These carrots are also perfect for snacks as they are already go…..nice, clean and crisp!!
The carrots will develop a little bit of condensation while in the frig but this helps to keep them from drying out.
These tender fingerling carrots are perfect for Chicken Vegetable Soup!!
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