A post by Jason, Founder and Editor, Gardenlife Pro
Famous for their bright orange hues, long cylindrical shape, and satisfying crunch, carrots are one of the most popular and versatile veggies available at the market. The USDA reports that carrots remain one of the most widely-consumed vegetables in American households. Cartoon rabbits, school-aged kids, and busy adults all have one common taste, it seems: carrots!
Carrots are a root vegetable, rich in beta-carotene, vitamin K1, fiber, potassium, and plenty of antioxidants. East to grow at home, many Americans enjoy planting and harvesting their own carrots from home vegetable gardens in the backyard.
No one wants a fresh bundle of carrots to spoil before they can be enjoyed. Let’s talk about some of the ways to tell if a carrot has spoiled, as well as ways to extend their shelf life.
How Long Do Carrots Last
Unlike fresh meat and dry goods, produce does not usually have an expiration date printed on the packaging at the grocery store. Of course, fruits and veggies fresh from the garden or farmer’s market do not have packaging at all.
Carrots have a relatively long shelf life compared to other fruits and vegetables with their rich supply of vitamins and nutrients. But the short answer to the question “How long do carrots last?” is this: very variable, but usually up to 4 weeks. For more details, just read on!
How Long do Carrots Last in the Fridge
Does it seem like vegetables are always brought home with the best of intentions, but then they disappear into the crisper and are forgotten until it’s too late? We have all heard the old adage, “Out of sight, out of mind.”
Whole carrots, when properly stored in a cool, dry place (like the fridge), typically last 4 to 5 weeks.
Try this reminder: When carrots go into a drawer, put a note on the fridge reminding the household that yummy, nutritious snacks await in the crisper. This may help veggies like carrots to get eaten before they go bad.
How Long Do Baby Carrots Last
Pre-packaged baby carrots will have a sell-by date printed on the bag. Typically, baby carrots will last 3 to 4 weeks in the refrigerator. Carrots that have been cooked will last 1 or 2 weeks in the fridge.
The reason whole, fresh carrots have a longer shelf life than baby carrots or cooked carrots is because of their protective skin. All carrots fresh from the soil have a rough outer layer.
This skin is rich in nutrients and helps preserve the life of the vegetable. Baby carrots have been peeled and cut into their signature cylindrical shape, thus their protective coating has been removed, exposing them to moisture and other elements that speed up the decaying process.
Fun Fact: How Are Baby Carrots Made
There is a lot of confusion around baby carrots, which are apparently the single most popular root vegetable in the US.
One of the misconception is that all baby carrots are made of big carrots on an industrial scale by peeling and cutting, then polishing to small “baby” shaped carrots. This is happening, but labelled properly with “baby cuts”. By default baby carrots are what you expect – carrots grown only to a baby stage.
The other, somewhat true claim is that baby carrots are treated with chlorine. This is true, but only with a small amount for antimicrobal purposes. However, baby carrots and carrots in general are nowhere near “soaked in chlorine”, as some suggest.
Also to read in the complete post
– How To Tell If Carrots Have Gone Bad
– How To Properly Store Carrots: Extending the Carrot’s Shelf Life
– 4 Top Tips to Keep Carrots Longer
– How to Store Baby Carrots
– How To Freeze Carrots
– How to Blanch Carrots Before Freezing?
Carrots contain many vitamins essential to a nutritious diet. Use these tips to keep carrots fresh longer and enjoy their benefits for months to come.
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