Carrots (Daucus carota) from the garden have a crisp texture and sweet flavor right after harvest, and proper storage can help them retain these qualities. Although these root vegetables store well when left in the garden bed, once the soil freezes solid it becomes difficult to harvest them and the quality declines. Proper storage methods vary, depending on whether you are storing your carrots for a short period or if your garden produced enough for long-term storage.
1. Short-Term Storage
1 Scrub the carrots gently immediately after pulling them up with a dry, stiff brush. Brush off as much soil as possible without damaging the root. Don't wash the carrots in water because this can shorten storage life.
2. Short-Term Storage
2 Cut off the leafy green top on each carrot. Leave no more than 1/2 inch of the top in place, but don't cut into the carrot root.
3. Short-Term Storage
3 Place the carrots in a perforated plastic storage bag. Loosely close the bag and store the carrots in the refrigerator vegetable crisper drawer for up to two weeks.
4. Long-Term Storage
1 Scrub the carrots with a stiff brush and cut off the top part of the leaves, leaving 1/2 inch of stem. Do not wash the carrots.
5. Long-Term Storage
2 Place a 6-inch layer of a clean and slightly dampened sand in a 5-gallon bucket.
6. Long-Term Storage
3 Place a layer of carrots on the sand so they aren't touching, then add more sand to cover.
7. Long-Term Storage
4 Layer carrots and sand in the bucket until it's full. Store the bucket in a cool, dark place for two months or longer.
Items you will need
- Stiff brush
- Perforated plastic bags
- 5-gallon bucket
- Clean sand
- Wash the carrots thoroughly immediately before use. Use a vegetable brush to remove all soil on the roots.
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