I have received a lot of carrots can they be frozen? If yes, must I cook them first before freezing?
Blanch small whole carrots 5 minutes, diced or sliced 2 minutes.
Hi Schyresti. Glad someone else dehydrates, too. You can use them in regular cooking with veggies and powder them an use them for seasoning and thickening. That is with all veggies.
I have already frozen the carrots but did not blanch them. Are they still safe to eat?
The carrots will be safe to eat, but they may not have quite the same texture after you cook them. I have never frozen them without blanching, but I have frozen shredded carrots for carrot cake, and they are fine. One freezes fruit such as raspberries or strawberries raw. They are perfectly fine to eat.
Louise, Nipawin, SK
I just used some carrots I had tossed into the freezer without blanching them. I steamed them, but the texture was tough and rubbery. They were pretty bad. I ended up putting them in the blender and used them to thicken chicken stock for vegetable soup. The soup was wonderful.
Do you need to add liquid when freezing carrots?
Carrots should be scalded in boiling water for 3 minutes. Then cool, package, and freeze promptly. No water added.
Before freezing any vegetable, it must be blanched.That means dropped into boiling water for a few minutes, then removed from the boiling water, and chilled. So, wash , peel, and cut the carrots, drop them into a pot of boiling water to blanch, drain off the boiling water, and chill them to stop the cooking that the boiling water started.
Have a large container with ice cubes and cold water ready, and after draining the carrots, put them right into the prepared ice water. If you want these carrots slices so you can use a few at a time, then freeze them on a cookie sheet until they are frozen, remove them, and put into a freezer bag, or container. If you use the cookie sheet, it'll take a time or two to freeze all of your carrot slices.
If you just dump them directly into a freezer bag, or a freezer container, they will freeze into a giant chunk of carrots. And then you'll need to use the whole container for a recipe, because it will be difficult to break the chunk apart. Hope this is helpful. I am sure there is a site somewhere that can explain it better.
Can you freeze carrots?
Yes. Blanch whole carrots for 5 to 6 minutes and diced/sliced for 2 to 3 minutes.
Be sure to give them an immediate ice water bath after the blanching to stop the cooking process. Pat dry with a towel, place in freezer bags and remove as much air from the bag as possible to reduce freezer burn.
You can also freeze them if they are already cooked. Just put in a plastic container or a ziploc bag, and put in the freezer.
What is the preparation for freezing carrots?
Blanch them in hot water for about 2-3 minutes. When cool, transfer to freezer bags and store in freezer.
Ditto with MCW but be sure to drain and pat try well after blanching to reduce freezer burn.
How can I freeze fresh-grown carrots?
By Barbara A.
To freeze carrots you have got to blanch them after slicing and dip them in cold water to retain its color.
How do I freeze grated carrots for future use in a cake? Do I have to blanch them, etc.?
By nickic1000 from MI
No blanching, just wash and blot dry and peel skin before grating. Premeasure the carrots for recipe before placing in a freezer bag. You might get a bit of natural carrot juice after thawing, but do not drain; use it too. You could add a little lemon juice to keep carrots bright colored.
Thank you! I'll be freezing those carrots today for carrot cake later.
What do I need to do to freeze carrots?
Freezing carrots is very easy, just peel the carrots, cut them in slices, put them in a plastic container with lid and freeze. So when you want them just take what you need and plunge it in hot water. If you have far too many carrots you can make carrot cake and freeze it in slices, it's wonderful. Petra
When preparing a lot of carrots for blanching and freezing, brush off as much dirt as possible, fill an old pillow case with carrots, tie it with string and use the rinse cycle in your washer to clean them. You will be amazed at how much dirt the rinse cycle will take off the carrots.
By Ragteller from Alberta, Canada
Use the rinse cycle in a TOP LOAD washing machine not the front load washing machine.
I have a few bags of "baby carrots", the ones that are about 2 inches long and rounded on both ends, the kind you put on a veggie tray for snacking. Only we got way too much. Can these be frozen like they are or do they need to be blanched?
I would think they have to be blanched. I also don't think you will be able to eat them as fresh. My thought is they would have to be used in cooking.