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Wondering if you can freeze carrots? Preserving this crunchy vegetable in the freezer works: here’s how to do it!

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Got carrots on hand and not sure what to do with them? Often recipes will call for just a few carrots, leaving the remaining bag in your refrigerator for days. Of course, the best easy way to use up carrots is to cut them into sticks for dipping in hummus or ranch, or shred them up into a crunchy carrot salad. But if you can’t get to them in time…does the freezer work? Here’s what to know.

Can you freeze carrots?

Carrots freeze well: the flavor of the vegetable is preserved during the process. However, the texture does become softer after thawing. For this reason, you’ll want to use frozen carrots only in cooked dishes like sautés, soups, and stews, not raw in salads or as sticks. You can use chopped frozen carrots right in cooked dishes without thawing them.

How long do carrots last in the refrigerator?

Before you go to the trouble of freezing, consider making your carrots last longer in the refrigerator! Get a paper towel wet and wrap it around the carrots. Then place them in a plastic bag or sealed container in the drawer in your refrigerator. Stored properly, raw carrots can last 2 to 3 weeks refrigerated.

If you’d like to preserve carrots beyond that point, you can freeze them for 3 to 6 months. Keep in mind that you’ll need to blanch them in boiling water before freezing.

How to freeze carrots

The best way to save those carrots before they go bad? First, try them in recipes like a big batch of carrot ginger soup, a simple carrot salad, a carrot smoothie or even carrot juice. But if you don’t think you can use them in time, they work frozen too.

The best way to freeze carrots? Chop and blanch them first. It might seem like an unnecessary step, but it’s worth it here! Blanching is boiling vegetables until they’re just crisp tender. It helps to keep vegetables colorful while frozen by locking in a bright color, and makes them last longer by stopping the natural enzyme activity that deteriorates their texture, color, and flavor.

Here’s how to freeze carrots:

  1. Slice the carrots into rounds or dice them.
  2. Blanch the carrots: Prepare a large pot of boiling water. Add the carrots and boil for 2 minutes, until just tender.
  3. Rinse the carrots under cold water until cool to the touch.
  4. Pat the carrots dry. Line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper, then place the carrots in a single layer. Flash freeze for 1 hour.
  5. Transfer to an airtight container or sealable freezer-safe bag. If using a bag, use a straw to suck any remaining air out of the bag and seal it. Mark a “Use by” date 3 months in the future.
  6. Place in the freezer and freeze for 3 to 6 months.
Can you freeze carrots

Tips for how to use frozen carrots

Frozen carrots can be used right from the freezer in cooked dishes: no need to defrost before using them! Here are a few tips:

  • Use frozen carrots only in cooked dishes, like soups, stews, and braises. Don’t eat frozen carrots raw in salads or as crudite sticks, because the texture is much softer after freezing.
  • Frozen carrots can be added right to cooked dishes: no defrosting is required. The carrots may release more moisture than fresh carrots when cooking, so they may need an extra minute or two when sauteing.
  • Use within 3 to 6 months. The flavor can degrade the longer the carrots are frozen. For best results, use the carrots within 3 months.

More ways to use up carrots

In some cases, it’s easier to make a recipe with leftover carrots than to go to the trouble of blanching them, flash freezing them on a baking sheet, and then transferring them to long-term storage. Here are a few of our top carrot recipes for using up leftovers of this crunchy vegetable when it’s raw:

Freezing other vegetables & fruits

And that’s it! It’s easy to freeze carrots, but they do lose some of their signature crunchy texture. All veggies, fruits and dairy products hold up differently in the freezer. Here’s what to know about others:

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Can you freeze carrots

Can You Freeze Carrots?


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  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 8 minutes
  • Cook Time: 2 minutes
  • Total Time: 10 minutes
  • Yield: N/A

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Wondering if you can freeze carrots? Preserving this crunchy vegetable in the freezer works: here’s how to do it!


Ingredients

  • Carrots

Instructions

  1. Slice the carrots into rounds or dice them.
  2. Blanch the carrots: Prepare a large pot of boiling water. Add the carrots and boil for 2 minutes, until just tender.
  3. Flash freeze: Rinse the carrots under cold water until cool to the touch. Pat the carrots dry. Line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper, then place the carrots in a single layer. Flash freeze for 1 hour.
  4. Place the carrots in an airtight container or freezer-safe plastic bag. If using a bag, use a straw to suck any remaining air out of the bag and seal it. 
  5. Mark the “Use by” date. Use a permanent marker to label with a “use by” date that is 3 months in the future. 
  6. Freeze. Place the container or bag in the freezer and freeze for up to 3 to 6 months. For best results, use in 3 months. You can use frozen carrots directly in cooked dishes; no need to thaw (do not use raw). 
  • Category: Frozen
  • Method: Frozen
  • Cuisine: Frozen
  • Diet: Vegan

About the authors

Sonja & Alex

Hi, we’re Alex and Sonja Overhiser, married cookbook authors, food bloggers, and recipe developers. We founded A Couple Cooks to share fresh, seasonal recipes for memorable kitchen moments! Our recipes are made by two real people and work every time.

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  1. Sonja Overhiser says:

    Let us know if you have any questions!