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5 Easy Ways to Keep Carrots Fresh for Months

Want to keep those carrots crunchy? Here are five easy ways to store your carrots to keep them fresh for longer, saving you money and reducing waste.

how to store carrots
Written by
Riley Baker
Carrots are as versatile a vegetable as they come. Whether enjoyed raw or roasted, sautéed for the base of a stock or
, or shredded amply over a salad, the elongated root is a kitchen staple for most. Even the greens are delicious! As a bonus, carrots can last for two to three months if stored properly.
Many fruits and veggies spoil within weeks, even when the correct steps are taken; not so with carrots. The tapered foodstuff can save you on
food waste
, its hearty root and edible top demanding to be eaten rather than tossed.
Once your food scraps end up in the landfill, a lack of adequate oxygen prevents proper decomposition, leading to the release of greenhouse gases and contributing to
global warming
. Carrots can of course be
, but eating the vegetables that you buy or grow is the best (and most sustainable) solution.
Want to prolong the lifespan of your (and your family's favorite healthy snack? Here's how to store carrots so that they stay fresh for as long as possible.

How to Store Carrots: 5 Techniques to Try

1. Chop the Greens

how to store carrots
Step one? Separate the roots from the greens (or fronds). Though they should be saved (
store like any other herb
) and enjoyed (craft a carrot top pesto for an easy means of eating), when left attached, carrot tops encourage external condensation while pulling moisture from the vegetable itself.

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2. Keep Them Dry

As with most
root vegetables
, keeping carrots dry is (in most cases) the key to a long shelf life—hence the frond removal. Condensation and excess water speed the spoilage, so it's best to refrain from rinsing your carrots until you're ready to consume.

3. Store in the Refrigerator

how to store carrots
The refrigerator is the best place to store your carrots. Once your tops are trimmed, skip the plastic and stash in a reusable
Veggie Saver Produce Bag
or a
Stasher Bag
for maximum freshness. Your carrots will keep
for several weeks
in the crisper drawer.

4. Try a Water Bath

how to store carrots
This may seem counterintuitive, as we previously noted the dangers of excess moisture, but a full-on water bath can actually keep carrots crisp. Lop the tops and fill a glass container with filtered water, then store carrots vertically or horizontally—air-tight top optional.

5. Keep Away From Apples

Though the two are both tasty and portable snacks, carrots and apples should be stored well away from each other. Apples produce
ethylene gas
and can lead to overripening and sprouting. Other culprits include
, pears, and