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#1 ol' stonebreaker ONLINE  

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Posted August 29, 2016 - 11:05 PM

 We harvested the carrots today and out of about a 3 1/2 ft square we froze 45 two cup ziploks of sliced ones and 4 one cup bags of stew carrots. Carrots are hard on our backs 'cause every step until they are blanched, chilled and bagged you're bent over. We still have two of the old "vegamatics" we use to slice them. Linda has a kitchen center w/ the slicer but it makes a lot of shredded carrots while it's slicing.

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Posted August 30, 2016 - 12:36 AM

Carrots stay in the ground here until the frost comes for real. I top, tail and wash them, dry well, and put them in perforated vegetable bags, then store them in the "veggie fridge". There are still three bags full from last year in the fridge, they keep that well. Also one bag of parsnips left. 


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Posted August 30, 2016 - 05:53 AM

Carrots stay in the ground here until the frost comes for real. I top, tail and wash them, dry well, and put them in perforated vegetable bags, then store them in the "veggie fridge". There are still three bags full from last year in the fridge, they keep that well. Also one bag of parsnips left. 

Sounds good, now the questions: Is the "veggie fridge" electric and plugged in or ?  We would like to find a non-powered storage system and just not sure carrots won't turn into wood if not kept moist and cool in electric unit. This was the first year where we actually have lots of carrots, planned on canning, but fresh sounds more appealing :thumbs:


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Posted August 30, 2016 - 07:19 AM

Frozen is the surer way and just as good as fresh.  Our problem is they get full of little worms before they care big enough to harvest.  Carrots, peas and beans do like our soil.  2 miles away they do great.


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Posted August 30, 2016 - 10:40 AM

Hate to say it, but it is an electric fridge, an "all fridge", no freezing compartment, that we bought specifically for keeping root veg. and cabbage over winter. If you happen to have a root cellar, carrots keep well there packed in sand and kept in the dark, but temperature has to be low and moisture maintained or they will either sprout rootlets, (too moist or too much light) or wither, (too warm and dry).Kind of a balancing act with an unforgiving learning curve.
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