Can you freeze carrots? Yes! In fact, if done right, carrots freeze exceptionally well. We’ll give you some tips for what to pay attention to, before and after freezing.
If you want to keep them fresh and crisp, storing carrots properly is key. But if you simply have too many carrots or not enough space to store them long-term, freezing is a great option to preserve them.
Can You Freeze Carrots? Tips and Tricks
If you want to freeze your carrots, you should pay special attention to the following things:
- Use only clean, fresh carrots that have as few imperfections as possible. Freshly harvested carrots work best, if you can get your hands on them.
- Can you also freeze baby carrots? Yes, you can, but they might lose a bit of their flavor.
- Choose carrots that are mid-sized: these will hold their flavor the best and are easier to prep for the freezer.
Freezing Carrots: How it’s done
- Clean and peel the carrots, and cut off the ends. Can you freeze carrots without peeling them first? Technically yes, but you’ll save yourself time by doing it now instead of later.
- If you want, slice the carrots horizontally, so that you can use them for cooking directly from the freezer.
- Before freezing the carrots, you’ll want to blanch them. Bring a pot of (unsalted) water to a boil. Add the carrots and let them boil for two to three minutes. You can also freeze unblanched carrots, but they will not stay fresh for as long.
- While the carrots are blanching, fill a bowl with cold water and ice cubes. After the carrots are blanched, transfer them from the hot water to the cold water. Allow them to sit for about two minutes. This prevents the carrots from continuing to cook so that they keep their crunch.
- To freeze the carrots, if they are cut into slices, spread them out on a flat sheet and place in the freezer for about an hour. After that, you can collect them and place them in an airtight container for storage. This will prevent them from sticking together.
Tip: Freezer bags are often recommended for freezing carrots and other vegetables, but to avoid producing excessive plastic waste, we recommend using reusable airtight containers made of solid plastic, stainless steel, or glass instead: they are easy to wash and can be used again and again. You can buy them anywhere where kitchenware is sold, or online on Amazon**.affiliate links: If you buy here, you actively support Utopia.org because we get a small portion of the proceeds.