by Texas Homesteader ~
Don’t Waste Food! Produce doesn’t have to be beautiful to be healthy & delicious. See how I play fairy godmother to some ugly carrots to make them beautiful again.
Grocery Store Produce Department’s Perfection
Have you ever noticed when you go into the store that there are rows & rows of identical produce, all perfectly shaped & sized.
But if you grow a garden or stroll through an actual farmer’s market you’ll realize that perfect produce is just a fairy tale. Real produce has lots of variation in size, shape and color.
Some produce isn’t as pretty as others. So oftentimes it’s shunned by grocery stores (and even some farmer’s market vendors). They won’t accept it due to consumer-perceived imperfections. So much of this unwanted produce is wasted!
But I’m here to tell you that the fairy tale has a happy ending when I play fairy godmother.
I take those ugly misshapen carrots and make them beautiful, even indistinguishable from their perfectly-shaped equivalents. And it’s not hard at all to do.
Ugly But Healthy Produce Made Beautiful
I was gifted some very ugly carrots – some were way too large, some had several points grown into one carrot, some were twisted and shaped strangely.
But I can very easily make them beautiful. First I snapped apart the branched carrots, then peeled them all then rinsed them clean.
All I have to do now is cut them into more uniform pieces, depending upon how I’m planning to use them.
How To Use Ugly Carrots
Once the carrots are cut uniformly there’s no visual difference between the previously ugly carrots and the rows of perfection of carrots seen in the grocery store produce department.
How you cut and use them depends on how you’re planning to use them. Here are some suggestions:
Side Dish For Meals – This is the easiest way to use your carrots. Cut them into rounds or dice them up and cook & serve as a side dish with your supper tonight!
Shred And Add To Recipes – Shredded carrots are a simple way to disguise once-ugly carrots. Just wash, trim & shred them before mixing them into your favorite foods. I like to enjoy shredded carrots raw in my Homemade Coleslaw. No ugly carrots here!
Chop & Serve Raw In Salad – Everyone knows how healthy salad is. (especially when I serve it with my healthy Creamy Homemade Salad Dressing). So chop those ugly carrots and mix them in for a nutrition boost!
Dice, Blanch & Dehydrate – Dehydrated produce lasts much longer in your pantry than a fresh carrot would last in the refrigerator. I love dehydrating produce! Just chop those once-ugly carrots into uniform pieces, steam and dehydrate! You can read about Dehydrating Carrots Here.
Slice into Spears And Enjoy A Crunch Snack – I’m constantly trying to sneak more vegetables into meals. I use this trick to make them willingly enjoy fresh produce! You can read how I easily Sneak Vegetables Into My Family’s Diet Here.
And those carrot sticks look just the same as they would from a perfectly-shaped carrot.
Whew, this fairy godmother has performed well today so it’s time to take a coffee break.
There are oh so many uses for these now-beautiful carrots! What are your favorite ways of saving ugly produce from the compost heap?
Other Dehydrating Posts
- Preserving The Harvest: Dehydrating Fresh Carrots
- Cubed Tomatoes Dehydrated For Winter Cooking
- Preserving Produce: Dehydrating Celery
- Dehydrating Fresh Pumpkin For Easy Storage
- Dehydrating Spinach To Enjoy All Year Long
- Using A Dehydrator To Preserve Fresh Onions
- Dehydrating & Storing Cabbage
- Dehydrating Shredded Potatoes For Hash Browns
- Bell Pepper Dehydration
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- Easy Egg-Free Cotton Candy Meringue Cookies
- Dehydrating Tomato Sauce Into Leather For Pizza
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