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How to Buy, Prep, Chop, Store and Grow Carrots

You can use carrots as a soup base, side dish, or snack.

Minced and sauteed, carrots are a base for sauces, stews, and soups. Sliced, they can be roasted, glazed, sauteed, or added to soups for extra heartiness. Or you can just snack on 'em.

When to Buy the Freshest Carrots

Local carrots will be best in late summer and fall, but you can almost always find them fresh since they store so well.

How to Choose Carrots at the Store

Look for firm carrots. They should not droop at all when you pick them up. Carrots with the tops on will be freshest. But even untopped carrots can be quite good.

How to Prepare Carrots

If the tops are on, cut them off and discard them. Peel the carrots and cut off both ends.

How to Chop Carrots

For a coarse chop, just slice them into circles then chop. For diced carrots, cut the carrot in half the long way, then slice those sections again the long way, about ½-inch thick. Push the long sections together and chop across, about ½ inch between chops.

How to Store Carrots

Remove the greens, if any (they draw moisture from the carrots, and also take up a ton of room in your fridge), then store in a tightly-wrapped plastic bag. Thick carrots will store best, up to three months. Thin, fresh carrots can get floppy within a week.

How to Grow Carrots

Gardeners usually plant carrots from the seed, in a deep, raised bed full of loose and nutrient-rich soil. They grow fast, so with continuous planting you could have fresh carrots all summer. Talk to the friendly folks at your local garden center for info on growing carrots in your area.

    Feb. 24, 2012 1:12 am
    When I saw the title, I became very happy. That turned to sadness when I read the parts about HOW TO PREPARE CARROTS and HOW TO STORE CARROTS. Don't throw the tops away, cook them and serve like any other green. A little sweetness may be called for, as in dandelions, but they are an excellent vegetable to include with a roast, etc. Plamuk aka travellingchef
    Jun. 19, 2012 10:05 pm
    The carrot tops can be made into a delish soup or eaten in a salad...don't throw them away, search ways to cook them.
    Jul. 1, 2012 5:26 pm
    Some suggestions, please, on ways to use carrot tops...
    patsy painton 
    Jul. 28, 2012 3:20 pm
    please send recipes for carrot greens....seems like such a waste because they are beautiful greens..
    Dawn Riley 
    Oct. 8, 2012 4:21 pm
    I just snacked on a bit raw and I'm going to try to make a pesto using pecans and carrot tops. Will let you know how it goes.
    Jan. 21, 2013 1:51 pm
    I have been enjoying fresh carrots all winter, almost out and it's almost the end of January!I planted two rows, and didn't bother to thin them. I just go out and pull a handful or two once a week. That has kept us in carrots since July. Easy!As long as its not too cold of winter. This year has been mild and they havent frozen. I think I'll cover them with straw next year to protect from snow as well.
    Mar. 1, 2014 10:39 am
    I have been shown how to grow the carrot greens after I've used the carrot! Keep a little of the carrot when you cut it from the greens and also trim the greens to about a 1/2 inch of the carrot, put 3 toothpicks (like an avocado seed) and suspend in a glass or dish of water in a windowsill. The greens grow back! Anyone know if I can grow a carrot from this? how?
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