Carrots are a staple in our veg boxes, and you may find that you're struggling to make the most of them if you're not storing them correctly. Use this as a guide to make the most out of your carrots and prevent them going to waste!
If you receive carrots fresh out of the ground, don't be tempted to wash the mud off them right away, mud actually helps preserve the freshness of your carrots! Mud locks in the moisture, meaning they're juicer, taste better and last longer! So hold off on washing them until you're ready to eat them.
Muddy carrots are best stored in a cool, dry place, loose or in a produce or paper bag.
Carrots with Tops
In the warmer months we keep the carrot tops on as they can be used to make pestos etc, but we recommend removing the tops as soon as you receive them as they can pull the moisture out of the carrot, causing them to go bendy. But if you forget, and they go a bit bendy, just chop one of the ends off and place the carrots in cold water - they should soon firm up!
Sometimes we wash our carrots if they are particularly muddy, but we don't use any chemicals, just fresh water out of the tap. There's more on that HERE...
Washed carrots are best stored in the fridge.
Freeze your Carrots
To make them last even longer, you can freeze cooked carrots and use them as and when you need! Just make sure you store them in a sealable freezer bag.
What to cook?
If you need some inspiration about how to use your carrots, check out our recipe page HERE.