How to Freeze Carrots (6 Quick Steps)

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In this guide, we're explaining how to freeze carrots beautifully.

Raw carrots with green tops on a wooden table

Quick Answer: Yes, you can freeze carrots.

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Directions for Freezing Carrots

Step 1 - Wash and Dice the Carrots

Diced carrots next to a knife on a cutting board

The first thing to do is wash the carrots as you normally would if you were about to cook them or eat them for a snack.

Then cut the carrots up. You just want them to be the appropriate size for immediate use down the road.

Step 2 - Get Ready to Blanch the Carrots

If you're unfamiliar with blanching, it's a method of cooking vegetables for a brief period of time to stop enzyme activity that would cause the vegetables to deteriorate in the freezer. 

Here's what you'll need to set up: a pot of water to boil on the stove and a large bowl filled with ice and cold water.

You can safely skip blanching entirely if you think you'll use the carrots pretty soon, like within the coming weeks or the next couple of months.

Step 3 - Blanch the Carrots

A pot of water boiling on the stove

Move the chopped carrots to the pot of water once the water has reached a full boil.

The smaller the carrots pieces, the less time they'll need to cook.

Step 4 - Transfer the Carrots to an Ice Bath

When they're nice and cool, drain the carrots with a colander in the sink and let them air dry for a few minutes.

You don't need to worry about them being super dry, but the less moisture there is, the smaller the risk that they'll get freezer burned.

Frozen carrot sticks in a plastic bag

Now you can put the carrots in plastic freezer bags or any freezer-safe container and put them in the freezer until you're ready to use them. Be sure to get as much air out of the bag as possible, or fill a container all the way to the top.

Quick tip: Pack the carrots in smaller portions so that they're easy to manage when you take them out of the freezer later. 

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