How Do I Keep My Carrots Crisp and Fresh?

How Do I Keep My Carrots Crisp and Fresh?

Faith Durand
Jul 16, 2010

Q: I have been getting wonderful, colorful bunches of carrots from the farmers market. The only problem is storing them. It seem like no matter what I do — in the fridge, on the counter, in a bag, not in a bag, in the veggie drawer — the day after I buy them, they are limp and sad. Help! 

Sent by Effie

Editor: Effie, the first tip is to cut off the carrot greens. Even if you are going to use the greens later, cut them off and store them separately to keep them from sapping nutrients from the roots. (Interesting tidbit: Did you know that fresh carrots, store long enough, will start to re-grow their leafy tops?)

Secondly, store the carrots in a covered container filled with water. This will keep them fresh for a long time! We have also seen a tip that says you can roll carrots in bubble wrap and that this will also keep them ultra-fresh. We have never tried that, but we can speak to the effectiveness of the water bath.

Readers, any extra tips for Effie?

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(Image: Faith Durand)

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