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How to Freeze Carrots & 4 More Ways to Preserve Them

I love to freeze carrots I grow in my garden. Frozen, sliced carrots are wonderful to add to sauces and soups all winter long. Here’s not only how to freeze them, but four more ways to preserve carrots as well!

How to freeze fresh carrots, plus 4 more ways to Preserve them too!

How to Preserve a Bumper Crop of Carrots, 5 Ways

1. Freeze Carrots –

slice carrots quickly and easily with a food processor

Freezing carrots is really easy and is my preferred method to preserve this delicious veggie.  To freeze, simply slice the carrots, then blanch them for 1-2 minutes, shock with cold water, pack and freeze. Easy peasy. Especially since I used my 11 cup Cuisinart Food Processor to do the slicing. I froze mine in 2 cup portions and they’ll be great for winter soups or quick side dishes! They’re so sweet and tasty!

slice carrots for freezing

To freeze your own carrots, I recommend using a food processor to slice your clean carrots. I always peel mine too because they look a little straggly coming out of my garden, but if you grow beautiful carrots, feel free to skip the peeling. I absolutely love my Zyliss veggie peeler. I have used many different peelers over the years, but the Zyliss version is my favorite! Such an awesome peeler for less than $10 on Amazon. By the way, if purchase anything from Amazon, you help support this blog at no cost to you and you earn my eternal gratitude!

boil carrots

Bring a pot of water to boil while you prepare your carrots. Once the water has reached a hard boil, add the carrots and bring the water back to boil. Blanch the carrots for two minutes. I really like to use my Cuisinart 8 quart stockpot with strainer. Using a strainer makes draining so easy! I picked up this set at Costco a few years ago and love every pot in the set. You can get the same set on Amazon, too.

cool carrots in ice cold water

Now shock the carrots by draining the hot water and adding ice cold water. It’s super easy to drain them if you cook them in the strainer. Then to drain them again, I simply dump them back in the same strainer they cooked in!

dry carrots as best you can by putting them on a towel

Now dry your carrots as best you can by dumping them on a towel. Make sure all the ice is gone.

measure, bag, and freeze

Measure them out and put them in freezer baggies. I freeze mine in 2 cup portions. Label, freeze (make sure to squeeze as much air as possible out of the baggie), and enjoy your carrots all winter long.

Here are 4 more ways you can preserve carrots too!

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Homemade Gifts to Make Out of Your Garden Bounty

It’s never too early to think of homemade gifts to make out of your garden bounty! With a little thought, you can make wonderfully practical and homemade gifts months before Christmas and start checking off your gift giving list early! Get organized now for an easier November and December.

Homemade Gifts to Make Out of your Garden Bounty

Homemade Gifts to Make Out of Your Garden Bounty

Some of my favorite canning recipes are included below. All of these food items are tried and tested and family favorites at my house. If you like food in jars and have a water-bath canner, make some of these items to give out this year!

Canning Instructions from Simplify Live Love

These gifts are not only delicious, but also very practical. I enjoy giving useful gifts each year, and I know that these food items will be thoroughly enjoyed as they are all so so tasty!

Homemade Strawberry Syrup Recipes & Canning Instructions – Simplify Live Love

The Lazy Person’s Guide to Canning Crushed Tomatoes – Simplify Live Love

Grandma’s Secret Dill Pickles – Simplify Live Love

Homemade Gifts to Make Out of your Garden Bounty

Strawberry Rhubarb Jam Recipe – Simply Canning. Who doesn’t like strawberries and rhubarb? I want some of this right now.

Sweet and Spicy Four Pepper Jelly Sauce – Take Two Tapas. This sounds like a delicious way to use up some of your pepper harvest!

Homemade Ketchup Recipes – Common Sense Homesteading. I’ve never made ketchup but my tomatoes are LOADED this year so maybe I will give it a try.

Homemade Gifts to Make Out of your Garden Bounty

Natural Calendula Soap Recipe – Lovely Green. Calendula is such a fabulous herb – so great many healing properties.

Homemade Peppermint Salve {for dry skin} – Melissa Norris. Homemade salves are really thoughtful, in my opinion.

Herbal Bath Bombs – E-How. I never really know what to do with all of the herbs in my garden, but herbal bath bombs would be an easy way to use up some of them.

Homemade Gifts to Make Out of your Garden Bounty

Herb Blends – Gardening About. Another great way to use up those herbs you have in your garden.

DIY Melt and Pour Loofah Soap Recipe {from your own Loofah} – Soup Deli News. Loofahs are a lot of fun to grow and I actually have some left over from a few years ago.

Homemade After Sun Lotion Recipe – Garden Therapy. This would be a great gift for all the people on your list who burn easily…like me!

Homemade Gifts to Make Out of your Garden Bounty

Herb-Infused Honey – A Delightful Home. Honey is so versatile and full of medicinal properties as well. Find a local honey and infuse away!

Holiday DIY: Herb Infused Vinegar – Kara Lydon. For food safety’s sake, make sure you strain out and discard the herbs you use to infuse the vinegar before you give it!

Herbal Jelly – Gardening About. This is a pretty easy idea if you have lots of fresh herbs in your garden. Add them to store-bought or homemade jams and jellies and you’ve got an instant gift!

Ideas for Christmas in July Wreaths

I love dried wreaths! If you enjoy growing ornamental corn, add some of these to your to-do list this year.

Dried Corn Wreath – Martha Stewart

Dried Flower Wreath – Home Talk

Dried Wheat & Grain Wreath {Idea} – Wreaths For Door

Homemade Gifts for Christmas In July

Homemade Cinnamon & Vanilla Extract – Life Made Good. Homemade vanilla is wonderful. It takes a few months to develop flavor though, so make sure you get going on vanilla early!

Infused Chive Blossom Vinegar – Grow a Good Life. What a great gift to make with your chive blossoms!

Mint Extract – The Herbal Spoon. Mint has a way of taking over a garden, so if you have it in yours, here’s another great homemade gift idea.

Homemade Gifts to Make Out of your Garden Bounty

Canned Zucchini Relish – Heavenly Savings & Homemaking

Homemade Refrigerator Pickles – All Recipes. Like pickles but don’t want to can? Try fridge pickles instead. 🙂

Basil Butter – Infarrantly Creative. These can be frozen! So you can make them when the basil is going nuts in your garden and still give them for fun, and useful, gifts at Christmas time.

Homemade Gifts to Make Out of your Garden Bounty

Do you make things out of your garden bounty to give as gifts? What’s your favorite gift to make?

You might also like these posts with more homemade gift ideas:

DIY Christmas Gifts Made out of Pictures

Homemade Christmas Decorations Made with Natural Materials

Easy & Frugal Homemade Gift Ideas

Beginner’s Guide to Growing Garlic

If you’ve never grown garlic, this Beginner’s Guide to Growing Garlic will give you all the tools you need from planting to harvest! And if you have grown garlic before, keep reading. You might learn a new trick. beginner's guide to growing garlic

Welcome to Tuesdays in the Garden! Today I’m sharing tips for growing garlic and my other gardening blogging buddies are also sharing their best tips for growing other veggies as well. Make sure you read to the end of the post for links to their information as well.

Beginner’s Guide to Growing Garlic

Garlic is great plant to grow as it enhances so many dishes with its wonderful flavor and it has a lot of medicinal qualities as well. I’ve been growing garlic for a number of years and love it. It’s one of my favorite plants to grow, because after it’s planted in the fall, it seems like it grows effortlessly in the spring. Since I consider myself to be a lazy gardening (ha!) I like that a lot. Here are a few tips and tricks to help you grow the best garlic ever!

When to plant garlic

You can typically start planting garlic in the fall just after your first light frost for a summer harvest. I’ve planted my garlic in the snow out here in Eastern Iowa as the fall always seems to get away from me. Just don’t wait too long. It’s impossible to plant when the ground is frozen and garlic needs an average of 6 to 10 months to mature.
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July Garden & Homestead Tour

Happy Tuesday! And welcome to the Tuesdays in the Garden!  I always love to peek inside other people’s worlds and today I’m sharing a bit of mine with a quick tour of our home.

July Garden & Homestead Tour

If this is your first time here, welcome! I’m Michelle your friendly blogger. I live on 5 acres in rural Eastern Iowa with my husband and four kids. We grow a large garden, make our own electricity with the help of grid-tied solar panels, raise chickens for eggs and meat, and live in a super energy efficient house we’ve been building for the last three years. We also have 4H rabbits and Great Pyrenees dogs. Our homestead is a work in process – a labor of love if you will. We’ve got a lot of work yet to do, but we’ve come really far in the seven years we’ve owned it. Enjoy this tour of my gardens and our little five acre homestead!

July Garden & Homestead Tour

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