Can You Freeze Carrots? How?

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Quick Answer: Can You Freeze Carrots?

Yes, you can freeze carrots, and they can last well in the freezer for a whole year or so, especially if they have been blanched beforehand. You can freeze them in any shape or size you prefer, and all you’ll need is a Ziploc bag or a freezer-safe air-tight container.

If you are looking for the best way to freeze carrots, then this guide has got you covered.

I have tried out these methods, and they have worked like a charm for me.

So, let’s dive right into the first one.

Can You Freeze Carrots after Blanching?

Can You Freeze Carrots after Blanching?

Active Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes

This is the most recommended method of freezing carrots by home cooks everywhere. If you like to keep that vibrant orange color of the carrot intact, definitely pick this method.

Materials

  • Carrots
  • Boiling Water
  • Ice Bath
  • Baking Sheet
  • Ziploc Bags or Freezer-Safe Air-Tight Container

Tools

  • No special tool needed

Instructions

    1. Peel and Prep - Clean, peel, and cut the carrots into the shape and size you prefer.

      You could cut them into coins, shreds, strips, or cubes, depending on what you will later use them for.
    2. Blanch - Put the cut carrots into a pot of boiling water and then blanch it for 2-3 minutes.

      Then transfer the carrots into an ice bath to stop further cooking.
    3. Dry and Lay Out - Properly dry the carrots with a paper towel and then spread them out on a baking sheet.

      Make sure that the carrots don't overlap each other much.
    4. Flash Freeze - Leave the tray of carrots in the freezer for a couple of hours or overnight and let it freeze solid.

      Portion and Pack - Divide the carrots into portions you can easily consume in one go and then transfer them into a Ziploc bag or a freezer-safe container.
    5. Seal, Label, and Freeze - Seal the Ziploc bag or container after making sure to squeeze out all the excess air.

      Then add a label with the date, and you are all set to freeze the carrots.

Freezing Carrots without Blanching

Time Taken: 5 – 10 minutes

What You Need:

  • Carrots
  • Baking Sheet
  • Ziploc Bags or Freezer-Safe Air-Tight Container

If you want to skip the blanching process and want to freeze it raw, then you can try this method.

Peel and Prep

Clean and peel the carrots.

Then cut them up into coins, shreds, strips, or cubes, as you prefer to use.

Dry and LayOut

Using a paper towel, make sure that the carrots are completely dry and lay them out on a baking sheet.

Flash Freeze

Leave the tray of carrots in the freezer for a couple of hours or overnight to freeze the carrots.

Portion and Pack

Divide the frozen carrots into serving sizes that you would consume at a time and then pack them into a Ziploc bag or freezer-safe air-tight container.

Seal, Label, and Freeze

Seal the Ziploc bag or the container and add a label with the date.

Then you can leave it in the freezer till you need it next.

How Long Can You Freeze Carrots?

You can freeze carrots for 9 to 12 months, especially if they are blanched.

If you have frozen the carrots raw, it is better to consume them sooner rather than later, within a 2–3-month mark.

The key to keeping the carrots last well in the freezer is to make sure they are fresh beforehand.

The freezing can only extend the shelf-life and not the quality of the carrot.

The longer it stays frozen, the less tasty it gets.

How to Store Frozen Carrots?

You can store frozen carrots in Ziploc bags or any freezer-safe air-tight containers.

If you have smaller portions to store, then a freezer-safe container would work just fine.

But since carrots are chunky, you might want to prefer using Ziploc bags to save space in the freezer, especially if you are freezing a big batch of carrots.

How to Defrost Carrots?

Although you needn’t defrost the carrots to use them, you can thaw them by leaving the portion you need in the fridge for a couple of hours.

If you want to quicken the process, place the container of carrots in a bowl of tap water and let it thaw for an hour or so.

But it is best recommended to use the carrots straight from the freezer, be it for cooking or smoothies.

They taste best when frozen and get soggy once they thaw.

Can You Refreeze Carrots?

No, it is best advised not to refreeze carrots.

Once they thaw, the carrots get soggy and rubbery. So, it is best to consume it right away if it has been defrosted.

If you would like to avoid wasting carrots once they thaw, you can portion them beforehand into portions you can easily consume in one go.

Do Carrots Freeze Well?

Yes, carrots freeze well, and they can last in the freezer for a whole year or more, especially if it has been blanched beforehand.

To make the most out of the frozen carrots, make sure that they are fresh and blanched for about 2 minutes before freezing.

If you blanch them for too long, they can get rubbery once you cook them.

FAQs

Can you freeze baby carrots?

Yes, you can freeze baby carrots just like you would with the big ones. You could first blanch them, then flash freeze them and pack them up in Ziploc bags or freezer-safe containers.

Can you freeze cooked carrots?

Yes, you can freeze cooked carrots. After portioning them, you can simply pack them into a freezer-safe air-tight container.

Make sure to leave some space at the top to make room for expansion once it freezes.

Can you blanch the carrots in the microwave instead before freezing them?

Yes, if you prefer blanching the carrots in the microwave, that is completely fine.

Once you have blanched the carrots in the microwave, flash freeze and then seal and freeze them in freezer-safe containers.

Bottom Line

I hope this article helped you freeze and store all the extra carrots lying around in your kitchen.

If you would like to clear some queries or share some cool tips and tricks on freezing carrots, it would be great to hear from you.

Feel free to share this article with all your friends and loved ones.

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About Pratibha Singh

Pratibha is a popular home chef and loves to prepare some amazing Indian dishes. A foodie to the core she enjoys other cuisines too. She has been cooking since childhood and often prepares meals for her family, friends, and even strangers. Her motto in life: “Always be prepared!”

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