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A carrot keeping tip

Greetings all.

I thought that I would pass on a little tip about carrots with green tops.

When you send your 2-foots out to get them from the Sainsbunny's allotment (or wherever yours get them from) you may find that the green tops soon go floppy. To keep them nice and fresh, make sure that both ends of the carrot (the orange bit AND the green bit) are wrapped up in a plastic bag, so if your carrots come in a plastic bag with the green bits stuck out of the top, stick another plastic bag on the top the other way round and they will stay fresh for a lot longer.


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Jul. 22nd, 2009 12:20 am (UTC)
As I has only just bungun to hoppreciate the finesse of the humble car-rot. I shall try to remember this tip.
Thank you Cedric.
Jul. 22nd, 2009 07:47 am (UTC)
Eat them, don't keep them!!!
Jul. 22nd, 2009 05:05 pm (UTC)
Carrots and tops
Since I usually have 25 lbs. of carrots every two weeks over the last 11 years I have learned it is actually best to immediately snap off the green as close to the carrot as possible. If done right, the greens will actually still be attached in a bunch.

The greens will continue to grow, drawing on the carrot for their energy and making them wilt faster. Then store both of them completely dry in a plastic bag. I do cut up the larger carrots into 1 inch pieces to make distribution faster to the 15 or so bunnies, but the tiny carrots that come with huge greens get served whole. If the tops are terribly wilted, I soak them in cold water for a while and they will absorb the water and crisp up again, but then totally let them dry before storing or they will go bad faster.

I have some vendors at our huge farmer's market who always take the tops off and save them for me each week and since they are fresh and dry they will often last the whole week, but I tend to use them quickly.

I am also not shy and will ask folks buying them for their tops for the rabbits and the nice people nearby will often overhear that I run a rescue and buy carrots just to give me the tops for the bunnies, which always makes me smile.
Linda from eThump
Jul. 23rd, 2009 12:16 am (UTC)
Ours don't last long enuff to be bagged!
Jul. 23rd, 2009 11:30 am (UTC)
Our mummy cuts off the green tops straight away and puts the ends in a glass of water - this helps to keep them fresh. Well at least fresh enough until we have nommed them all!!

J and B xx
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