This easy guide shows how to safely freeze carrots at home extending the life of this family favourite vegetable. Blanching is the best method as it kills any bacteria, prevents freezer burn and takes only a little time.
Whether you have bought a bag of carrots that are beginning to get soft before you can use them or you have grown your own but don’t have a cool room or storage space, freezing is a good option to prevent food waste and save money.
- Medium Saucepan
- Stainless Steel Sieve – Plastic will melt against a hot pan. This is a quality set from Amazon. (Paid link)
- 2 Bowls
- Freezer Bags
- Peeler – Swivel peelers with a good grip are the best like this one from Amazon. (Paid link)
Time needed: 20 minutes.
How to Safely Freeze Carrots
- Prepare the Carrots
First wash and peel all the carrots to be frozen then cut into desired lengths or slices. It isn’t necessary to peel them if you prefer to eat carrots with the skins on.
- Boil the Water
Next fill the saucepan with water then bring to a rolling boil.
- Prepare the Cold Water
Fill one of the bowls with cold water then put a couple of ice cubes in it and set aside.
- Blanch the Carrots
Put enough carrots in the sieve for one meal then place in the boiling water for one minute. Take out then place the carrots in the ice water to stop the cooking process.
- Start the Next Batch
Next put another batch of carrots in the sieve then set into the boiling water.
- Drain the First Batch
Take the carrots out of the ice water then put into the other bowl to drain.
- Blanch Remaining Batches
Add a few cubes of ice to the ice water then put the drained batch of carrots into a freezer bag. By now it will be time to take the batch out of the boiling water. Put into the ice water then repeat until all batches have been blanched.
- Store, Date and Freeze
Take as much air as you can out of the freezer bags then secure. Place todays date on the bags then freeze immediately.
You could put the whole lot in one freezer bag but they may stick together once frozen making it hard to get out the amount you need.
Another option is to freeze them on a tray lined with baking paper in a single layer then put them all in one bag. This will prevent the carrots from sticking. Always blanch the carrots first.
You can keep carrots in the freezer for up to a year and 3 to 5 days in the fridge.
Frozen carrots can be put straight into boiling water or a steamer. If you are wanting to thaw them first then they are best thawed in the fridge overnight.
It is always best to freeze vegetables when they are at their freshest but sometimes that isn’t always possible. If it is a choice between throwing something out or freezing it for later use it is always best to freeze then use as soon as possible for the best nutrition.
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Looking for recipes using carrots? Try Carrot and Zucchini Slice.
For more information on canning, freezing and drying food try this guide to Food Preservation.
Do you enjoy cooking with food grown in your own garden? You might like this guide to Homesteading.
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