How to freeze fresh carrots without blanching them first?
Blanching carrots before you freeze them is a good way to make sure that you can still have it’s flavor intact when you defrost them.
However, it can take a lot of time if you happen to have a lot of them.
The Best Time To Freeze Carrots
The best time to freeze carrots (blanched or unblanched) is as soon as you have purchased them or harvested them from your garden.
If there a delay between purchase and freezing then I suggest storing them in the fridge and keeping them cool to help them to maintain their flavor.
Tools & Equipment For Freezing Food
These are my tried and tested tools and equipment for freezing food.
Whether it’s fresh fruits or completely prepared meals these tools will make the process easier, and the food last longer and taste better!
Containers – We opt for glass containers as they are better for the environment, much higher quality and don’t stain like plastic, however they are an investment.
So if you’re short on money buy high-quality plastic containers in the meantime.
Just be sure that you buy your containers in a range of sizes as you’ll be using them to freeze and store a range of different foods.
Ziplock Bags – Invest in quality freezer bags and they’ll help keep out air, prevent frost and keep your food fresh for longer.
The majority of the high-quality ziplock bags come with a small area for you to write information about the food (i.e. what it is, when it was frozen and defrosting instructions) on the bag.
Ice Cube Trays – Ice cube trays can help you freeze more than just water. Instead, we use them for freezing small portions of food such as egg whites, tomato sauce, pesto etc.
Simply add the food to the tray, freeze and once frozen pop the food out and into a ziplock bag, then you can simply take one or two portions of food out and defrost as needed.
Foil Baking Containers – We use foil baking containers when we’re batch cooking frozen meals.
They are affordable, durable and come in a variety of sizes allowing you to portion out or put everything in one large container to be cooked at a later date.
If all that wasn’t enough, the majority of meals are safe to be cooked in the oven with the foil container. This reduces the amount of hassle, time and washing up you’ll have to do – winner!
How To Freeze Fresh Carrots Without Blanching
It’s recommended that you blanch your carrots prior to freezing to help destroy the enzymes which contribute to the deterioration of the vegetables nutrients, color, flavor, and texture.
However, you could freeze carrots without blanching them if you’re short on time.
Carrots stored in the fridge last between 3 to 4 weeks. In most cases, I would recommend storing your carrots in the fridge until you have the time to blanch them and store them in the freezer (for up to 12 months).
Begin by washing the carrots thoroughly with water.
Then peel the carrots and chop them so they are small circles. At this point, you can either flash freeze them to minimize the carrots sticking together or simply put them straight into an airtight bag and into the freezer.
If you would like to blanch your carrots simply pop them into a pan of boiling water after slicing and leave for two minutes. Then move the carrots into an ice bath (or really cold water) before drying.
Mark the bag with the date and the contents – trust me you’ll forget what’s in that random bag in the freezer after a few weeks.
Move the bag to the freezer. I recommend trying to lay the carrots on a flat surface where possible. These carrots should be safe to consume for up to 12 months.
How To Defrost Frozen Carrots
You can defrost frozen carrots by thawing them in the fridge. Do this overnight or until the carrots are no longer frozen.
Alternatively, you can defrost the carrots on the stove.
To do so, get a nonstick pan and put the frozen carrots in. Make sure that you start with the low fire to let the carrots defrost slowly.
How To Tell If Your Carrots Have Gone Bad
You will be able to tell if your carrots have gone bad from the texture and smell of them. Carrots will create a white blush as they are drying out. At this stage, they can still be eaten (follow the smell test and dispose of if you are unsure) but will likely turn bad in a couple of days.
When carrots turn bad they will become mushy and slimy. If you can’t see this slime you should be able to feel it. Eating carrots that have gone bad can give you food poisoning, as a result of ecoli or salmonella bacteria.
If you notice an unpleasant smell coming from your carrots or a slimy texture you should not eat them and look to adjust the storage location and timings in the future to prevent this from happening again.