Many soups, stews and casseroles beckon for the crunch and color that only a carrot gives. Be prepared to whip up whatever recipe calls for this ultra-popular veggie--or keep a supply on hand to munch on. With little effort, you can store a crop of carrots to have from one season to the next.
How to Store Carrots
Choose firm, young carrots that are well-formed and free of blemishes. Do not store carrots that are cracked or wilted. Remember, the deeper the color, the greater the quantity of vitamin A.
Remove the tops, and then wash the carrots under warm water. Wash them only if they will be stored in the refrigerator or freezer. Taking the tops off prior to storing is important because if left intact, it will foster shriveling. Be careful, too, to remove any root hairs or leaves.
Store fresh carrots in an unheated attic or root cellar. Choose a dark, cool spot for the carrots. Keep carrots sweet by storing them away from apples which give off ethylene gas and cause carrots to become bitter. Carrots will store this way for about 3 months.
Freeze clean carrots by placing them in a plastic bag. They will store in the freezer for about 6 months.
Refrigerate cleaned carrots by placing them in a plastic bag. Carrots will keep in the refrigerator for up to 4 weeks.