August – Carrots

I wasn’t sure how the garden would do this first year.  We had obstacles to overcome – rocks, stones and gravel – to begin with, questionable soil, and then pesky rabbits.

But those little seed packets seem to have overcome the odds and continue to amaze me.  I planted two kinds of carrots – typical orange Nantes carrots and a specialty pack I picked up somewhere of “rainbow” carrots in a variety of colors – purple, yellow and white.  Despite all the impediments in the soil, the carrots have grown fairly large, and mostly straight.

Digging the carrots out has been a bit of a challenge; the soil just doesn’t seem to want to release them.  I thought a good tug would be sufficient, but it has taken a variety of digging tools to pry them loose.

Then they need scrubbing and peeling; but if you peel a purple carrot – you get an orange carrot.  That’s just not fair.  I wanted purple all the way through to add color to my soups and stews.  So I scrubbed them extra hard and left the peels on.  Then there is the chopping and blanching and chilling in a cold water bath and drying and then freezing on a cookie sheet.

The “girls” ate well — they loved the peels, and eventually – I ended up with two big bags of frozen carrots – a gallon of orange and a gallon of colorful ones.  Now I need a cold fall day to make a big pot of vegetable soup.

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Our rainbow carrots.
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The problem is, when you peel the red carrots, they are just orange underneath. That’s not fair.
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Blanched and ready to freeze.
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Peels and scraps for the girls.
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They’re happy!

4 thoughts on “August – Carrots

  1. boy Jeanne, I wish I had your energy! The carrots look great but that’s a shame, and really a rip off
    that purple carrots are orange inside! Who knew?

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