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frozen carrots

How to Freeze Carrots


Description

Carrots are an excellent vegetable for freezing, and frozen carrots can be used later in soups or stews. Learn how to freeze carrots in this helpful step-by-step guide.


Ingredients

Scale
  • 1 bunch of carrots
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt

Instructions

  1. Wash the carrots and cut off the tops. Then, slice the carrots into rounds no thicker than ¼-inch. If your carrots are large in size, you can also cut them lengthwise before slicing.
  2. Fill a large pot with water and add the sea salt.
  3. Place the pot over high heat to heat the water to a gentle boil. Have a large bowl of ice water ready on the side.
  4. Carefully add chopped carrot slices to the pot using a slotted spoon so you don’t splash.
  5. Let the water come back to a simmer and cook the carrots for at least 2 minutes, but no longer than 4 minutes.
  6. Carefully remove the sliced carrots with a slotted spoon or drain in a colander and add to ice water to stop the cooking process.
  7. Drain well and place on a parchment-lined baking sheet in a single layer.
  8. Once frozen for at least 6 hours, add the sliced carrots to labeled freezer zip-top bags.
  9. Place in the freezer for up to 4 months.

Notes

  1. For most recipes using carrots, you don’t need to defrost them first. Place the frozen carrot slices directly into a hot pot of soup or into whatever recipe you are making.
  2. Add sea salt to your boiling water to help add some flavor to your frozen carrots.
  3. Frozen carrots are best in hot or cooked dishes as they will lose some of their crunchy texture.
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Category: Side dish
  • Method: Freezer
  • Cuisine: Healthy

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