How to Freeze Carrots
Wondering how to freeze carrots? You’ve come to the right place!
Frozen diced carrots are SO versatile: mirepoix, soups, even roasted as a side dish (Get the recipe: Frozen Roasted Carrots). Every year we freeze TONS of them; it’s my favorite way to preserve carrots!
All spring and summer I use fresh carrots from the garden. I sow carrots about every three weeks throughout the growing season to keep us in fresh carrots with plenty leftover to freeze for later use.
As we harvest, we freeze the excess—whatever we can’t eat in a timely fashion. This supply of frozen carrots gets me through until it’s time to start harvesting fresh carrots again.
There’s such a difference in the taste of homegrown carrots over grocery store carrots, let me tell you. My kids notice it any time they eat carrots from the store and I feel literal giddiness every time they point it out.
How to freeze carrots
Be sure to read the instructions thoroughly before beginning this process. Freezing diced carrots is not hard, but timing can be an issue. Pay attention to the length of time for boiling the carrots, and be sure to have your ice bath ready for immediate transfer.
Speaking of ice, I like to pick up a bag or two of ice from the store when I’m planning to freeze carrots. My in-fridge ice maker just doesn’t make enough ice for this process, and I also need to be able to pour the ice quickly. Bagged ice works best for this step.
The basic process for freezing carrots:
- Dice carrots.
- Boil carrots briefly.
- Immediately plunge carrots into ice bath.
- Cool carrots completely.
- Dry carrots.
- Freeze carrots.
You’ll need these tools:
- Cutting board
- Sharp knife
- Steamer basket: this steamer basket has served me well for years.
- Large cooking pot: make sure your steamer basket fits inside!
- Large pot or bowl for the ice bath: again, make sure your steamer basket fits inside.
- Large towel
- Freezer bags: I prefer quart sized bags.
- Permanent marker
Read on for the step-by-step instructions to freeze carrots!Print
Frozen diced carrots are SO versatile: mirepoix, soups, even roasted as a side dish (recipe coming soon). Every year we freeze TONS of them; it’s my favorite way to preserve carrots!
- Diced carrots
1. Fill a steamer basket with diced carrots.
2. Prepare ice bath.
3. Submerge carrots in boiling water for two minutes. Keep a close watch on the time and remove promptly to prevent soggy carrots!
4. Transfer immediately to an ice bath, adding more ice if needed in order to cool carrots quickly.
5. When carrots are completely cooled, transfer to a clean towel.
6. Pat dry, and/or air dry. The goal is to remove as much moisture as possible before freezing.
7. Fill freezer bags (I like to use quart size), label, and freeze.
12 NOURISHING GLUTEN-FREE SOUP RECIPES
Simplify your dinner prep with these tasty, nourishing soups!
Sign up NOW for my best tips delivered weekly to your inbox!
You’ll also get instant access to my library of free ebooks and resources.