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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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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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July Gardening Chores for Zone 5

If you’re wondering what you should be doing in your garden in July, here’s a list of July Garden Chores for Zone 5. You should have lots to harvest this month and there’s still time to keep planting, as well!
Garden Chores for July in Zone 5

July is an exciting time for most gardeners as by now you are really seeing some early harvest stuff come out and everything else is humming right along. If you are in zone 5, this guide will help you to know what you should be doing this month and if you are not, it should still be going in order, give or take a few weeks.

To find out your zone visit this handy Zone Finder where you can plug in your zip code. The important thing to know is your frost dates. In zone 5, the average last frost date is May 15 and the average first frost is October 15. Knowing your frost date allows you to determine how many days you still have in the growing season. On July 1st, in Zone 5 for instance, I still have quite a lot of warm days left.

July Gardening Chores for Zone 5

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