Is It Necessary to Rinse Shredded Carrots Before Using? Good Questions

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Q: At one of my first restaurant jobs I had to make gobs of coleslaw and my boss told me I had to rinse the carrot shreds before putting them into the coleslaw or it would make the slaw brown by the end of the day.

Since then I’ve noticed that if soups call for shredded carrots, if I don’t rinse them, the soup gets orangeish. What’s the deal, then? Is it necessary? Does it harm flavor?

Sent by Matt

Editor: Matt, we found this question so interesting! We aren’t going to be very helpful, though, since we have never heard of this! We often put grated carrots into salads and slaws, but we’ve never rinsed them. It hasn’t seemed to affect the color. Perhaps, though, the rinsing gets rid of any extra juice that will color or oxidize?

Readers, what do you think? Do you rinse shredded carrots?