Root vegetables must be stored so that they do not wilted, rotted or sproutedotherwise the carrot will lose its taste and beneficial qualities. Effective methods and recommendations of summer residents will allow preserving the juiciness and freshness of the vegetable. Let's find out how and where to store carrots correctly.
How to keep carrots in a private house and apartment in the winter?
At the private farmstead (cottage) is most often available the basement is the best place to store vegetables.
It all depends on the variety and the preparatory work. The degree of preservation is influenced by the fact that purchased carrots are laid in the basement or grown in the garden.
In residential conditions, the root vegetable retains its qualities if place it on the balcony, where it is not cold in winter or in the pantry room. It also requires training and the right place.
In addition to saving at home, suitable options for harvesting root crops for future use. For example, preserve, dry or freeze.
A small amount can be simply put in the fridge.where roots can lie and do not spoil up to 2 months.Under the conditions, carrots can be preserved until spring and even until summer
In the cellar
Traditionally, carrots were not used to store carrots, they simply piled a bunch of sand and buried roots in it. Now from this method often depart, using plastic or wooden containers.
Root vegetables are laid in an even layer., leaving small gaps, so that sand wakes up there without any problems.
Sprinkle sand on top of the carrot layerso that it is well covered. Everything is well leveled for the next layer of root vegetables.
Tip: instead of sand, roots can be poured with sawdust or onion peel.
Alternate layers, how much does the height of the box. If necessary, you can store several boxes, it all depends on the number of carrots.
Cover the boxes except the sand does not need anything. To learn how to properly prepare the roots, read in the material below.In the cellar, roots can be stored in wooden or plastic boxes in the sand, sawdust or onion peel
On the balcony
Before the onset of cold weather, the preservation of vegetables can be ensured even on unglazed balconies. but better if there is a balcony protected from moisture and sunwhere the temperature is observed in winter - 0 - 1 ° C.
Store the carrots you need in boxes, re-sawing the newsprint layers. Cover the top of the box with cellophane and a cloth; the roots will have enough moisture and coolness.
Tip: instead of paper, you can use sand in the basement version.
By freezing, they retain almost all vegetables, carrot for this purpose fits perfectly. This method will save time on cooking, because the vegetable will be peeled and chopped.
Before laying inside the freezer root vegetables need to be cleaned and rinsed under running water. Carrots can be frozen in different ways:
- cut into cubes, rings or straws;
- grate or chop combine;
- use a grater for Korean carrots;
- cut into cubes or whole.
Chopped vegetables laid out in plastic bags or sealed containers for freezing. Place inside the freezer chest or freezer compartment. The only disadvantage when freezing is that vegetables lose 65-80% of their usefulness.
Important: you can store it this way until the next harvest, this method will never let you down.Chopped vegetables laid out in plastic bags or sealed containers for freezing
Can I keep in the apartment in the refrigerator
Inside the fridge root crops are able to maintain their value and form for a sufficiently long period.
Carrots will feel comfortable on the bottom shelf of the refrigerator, if you follow some rules:
- Properly prepare the roots, in any case not to wash them.
- Wash carrots are not suitable for long-term storage. If it is washed, dry it, put it in a plastic bag. Hermetically close it, then moisture will remain inside.
- In the case of unwashed vegetables they need to be dried. Go through to avoid rot and damage. Put inside a plastic bag and tie it up so that there is no air access.
- For the storage of vegetables is usually used a special niche or shelf at the bottom of the refrigerator.
If everything is in order, do not worry. When detecting putrefactive damage, such a carrot is better to recycle or freeze.
In packs at home
If you put the roots in the package and store it in the apartment, if the vegetables are of high quality, they can lie for 2-3 weeks.
but there is no guarantee that they will not start to deteriorate. From above, everything can look good, and inside the carrot will start to rot.
With this method, you need to regularly review the packages for the presence of putrid changes.If you put the roots in the package and store it in the apartment, they can lie for 2-3 weeks
How to prepare carrots for storage
Preparatory moment is the most responsible, on what and how the vegetable will be deposited, the terms of its preservation depend.
To prevent mistakes should follow strict rules:
- Never wash vegetables before storage. Exception - freezing vegetables.
- Each root crop is carefully inspected, the slightest damage is rejected. Such root vegetables are best used for blanks.
- Sorted vegetables are slightly dried in the wind. It is not necessary to dry out and keep in the sun for a long time. In this case, the carrot can be flipped from one side to another.
- Store as described above with sand or packaged.
- If to use packages, they have to be strong and tight. Packs can be tied or stapled.
Cleaning and preparation of carrots for storage:
The safety is influenced by the variety and the conditions under which the cultivation took place.. If the season was rainy or it was watered heavily, it could rot.
It so happens that Purchased vegetables are heavily processed with chemistry - this also affects the safety.
Storage of carrots delivers enough trouble to summer residents. However, without proper conditions, this is difficult to achieve. If done correctly, it will remain juicy and fresh until the new harvest!