Monday, September 12, 2011
Home Grown Carrots
I came back into the kitchen the other day, after putting the baby to sleep and this is what I found in my sink.
I learned a few weeks ago that you can't leave them out. They get very rubbery and bendy - not what you want in a carrot. So I broke off the stems and washed them and stuck them in the fridge for a few days.
Most of the carrots were actually pretty long and straight but here are a few crazy ones.
We have tried to grow carrots every year in our garden and they've never grown. We just kept trying and we must have done something right this year. We had too many to just eat so I decided to can some of them using this recipe from my Ball Blue Book of Preserving.
I've never canned carrots before, but it was really easy. You do need a pressure canner though.
I just peeled and cut up the carrots and stuck them in the bottles with salt. Then filled up the jars and pressure cooked them.
Now in all honesty, I can't see my kids eating these - but I do have a plan.....
My Grandma had a super yummy recipe for carrot cookies. (I'll share it sometime) Everyone just thought they were orange cookies because they have an orange glaze on top. I never make them because you have to cook the carrots and then mash them to add into the batter. Who has time for that? But with these already cooked - all I have to do is mash them up.
So there's my adventures in carrots. Tomorrow I'll show you what else I did with some of the carrots.
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