Wednesday, July 25, 2012

What to do with 10 pounds of carrots?

My husband, gotta love him. He went to Costco the other day with a friend and came home with some really good stuff, and one thing that made me go hmmmm.

That would be a 10 pound bag of carrots. That's actually on 3/4 of the bag that we started with! While I applaud his enthusiasm in trying to include more veggies in our diet, I was a little wary of this sudden influx of carrots.

I came up with 2 ways to prepare the carrots to eat this week, and tried my hand at freezing some of them to use later. First was the easiest - Ty likes to eat carrot sticks plain (I prefer doused in ranch) so he took a bunch and cut them into sticks. Second, I broke out the food processor and shredded a bunch to put on our salads this week.

This was my first time using the shredding/slicing blade on our food processor, not sure if you can tell but I used the 'finely shred' blade first and it was a little too fine, so I switched to the 'medium shred' blade about 1/4 way through. And since I had it out, I went ahead and tried the slicing blade on a cucumber for our salads as well:

Even with the medium blade they came out really thin, which is fine for salads, but I like them a little thicker than that for munching on. My new favorite thing is cucumbers dipped in salsa! Ty thinks it really weird, but seriously it's good.

On to the third and most challenging method I employed with this humungous bag of carrots: freezing. Sounds easy enough but I checked with Google just to make sure I was doing it right and of course there is a little more to it than just tossing the carrots in the freezer. I found a few sites that gave you instructions on how to do this, but this one was the best.

Basically you have to blanch them (a fancy term for boiling them real quick and then dunking them in ice water) before you freeze them to kill the enzymes that normally make them turn brown when they go bad. I diced up about 5 large carrots to test this out, dropped them in boiling water for 2 minutes and then in ice water for 2-3 minutes.

I drained them, put them in a Ziploc freezer bag and into the freezer they went.

It didn't make nearly as much as I thought it would, but that's ok for the first round. I have a feeling I'll be repeating this process at the end of the week because even with all 3 of those methods we only used about 1/2 the bag of carrots!

On a fun note, we went to our first Padres game this weekend! It was one of my 28 in 28 goals and it just so happened that last week one of our sponsors at work called and said they had 4 tickets they wanted us to have for that Saturday's game. Ty and I went with my new co-worker Lexi and her boyfriend, the seats were amazing!

Such a cool view!

And they put on a great fireworks show afterwards. The Padres didn't win, but it was still really fun and it knocked one more thing of my list.

Ty's brother is coming in tomorrow from VA, he'll be here for the next two weeks! I hope he likes carrots...


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