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Video:Tips for Cooking With Carrots

with Jesse Rosado

Learn tips for cooking with carrots to add the flavorful vegetable to your meal. Watch this helpful video for some ideas on cooking with carrots.See Transcript

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Transcript:Tips for Cooking With Carrots

Hi! This is Jesse Rosado for About.com. Today we're going to be talking about tips for cooking with carrots.

There are Several Types of Carrots to Cook With

You have the traditional 2 pound bag of carrots here. They come in plastic wrap and don't have tops on it because it's has been trimmed off. Right here we have a 1 pound package of baby carrots. These don't have to be peeled - they've already been washed and peeled. A lot of people use this style of carrot. Some people think that they're a little more tender.

There's a fresh way of buying carrots as well. That's with the tops on, just like this. And these are usually in the specialty produce section, or you can find these at the farmers market, and I would recommend buying them this way, if you're going to use them for salads, or places where you're not going to cook them first.

Know What to Look for in Fresh Carrots

Here's what to look for when you're buying your carrots from the store or farmer's market. You want to look for firmness. You also want to look for no cracks in your carrots. You don't want a lot of root pieces starting to grow out of your carrots. That's an indicator of being around for awhile.When you get your carrots home from the store, you've bought them in packages like these - pretty easy to store. You just put them in the bottom drawer of your refrigerator. These keep about up to two weeks, these keep for maybe a week.

If you bought carrots this way, with the tops on, you want to make sure that you take off the tops and you've got the bottoms in plastic. The reason why is that these are constantly draining nutrients from the root, and sucking out the moisture from the carrot. So if you leave these out on the counter or put them in the fridge just like this, what you're doing is drying out that bottom and getting it really flimsy.

Learn to Easily Trim and Peel a Carrot

There are many different ways to peel and trim your carrot. The way I find easiest is to put it on my cutting board in the center, with the big side down at a 45 degree angle. My left hand holds the carrot, my right hand holds the peeler. And I slice through, and with my left hand I spin the carrot a little bit, and I'm going to repeat the process. And I keep spinning the carrot, go all the way around, until I'm back where I started. And at the ends of the carrot, you have a little bit there you didn't peel, a little carrot top. You also have this tiny nub at the bottom. I go ahead and trim those pieces off. Then I have a perfectly trimmed and peeled carrot. So there's a few different ways you can cook your carrots. You can roast them; saute them; or you can boil them in a pot of water.

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