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Old 11-14-2014, 08:38 AM   #11
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I'm sorry, I missed the original question..

I would say that steaming the veggies would retain most of the raw flavor. boiling, a more cooked flavor. sautaing is more pungent, and Roasting is very pungent..

to me, Roasting gives a much more strong flavor.

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Old 11-14-2014, 09:51 PM   #12
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I really don't cook carrots often, as I'm more interested in getting green veggies into our diet. Frankly, I never liked carrots very much but I found a very good way of cooking them here, from somebody. BTW, it pays to hang out here.

Cook your salted carrot "coins" (or baby carrots) till just UNDER tender and drain. Add equal parts of fresh lemon juice, butter, and honey and cook till tender. They are really delicious this way, even for those of us who don't really like carrots.


I think it's pretty safe to say that so far, nobody has noticed a "new carpet taste" This must be unique to you.
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Old 11-21-2014, 06:21 PM   #13
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I don't feel any need to eat them. I am asking a specific question - is this the result of improper preparation and has anyone else noticed the new-carpet taste?

To all those saying "don't eat them" do you think I'm 2-years-old that I can't decide not to eat something I don't like? Wow how patronizing.
No I don't feel that way. I love cooked carrots and I love cooked beets (never heard it called "beetroot" before). I have a simple recipe for carrots and fennel sauteed with coriander and fennel seeds that I really like. If I can get the fennel here in the hinterlands it will probably be on the table at Christmas along side the rib roast.

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Let me see how to say this without sounding patronizing. Everyone's taste buds are different. Just because you taste "new carpet" (now just how much new carpet have you eaten to have THAT comparison?) doesn't mean anyone else has. They are perfectly in their rights to say, "if that's what you taste, don't eat it". Some people taste soap when they eat cilantro, others don't. It's not in the preparation (unless you are throwing in chunks of new carpet), it's YOUR taste buds...don't eat it.
My sister and I love cilantro, but my brother is one of the "tastes like soap" crowd. Same genetic heritage, but different dominance.
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Old 11-21-2014, 11:15 PM   #14
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No I don't feel that way. I love cooked carrots and I love cooked beets (never heard it called "beetroot" before). I have a simple recipe for carrots and fennel sauteed with coriander and fennel seeds that I really like. If I can get the fennel here in the hinterlands it will probably be on the table at Christmas along side the rib roast.



My sister and I love cilantro, but my brother is one of the "tastes like soap" crowd. Same genetic heritage, but different dominance.
Good grief! You are almost in Nebraska. Cheyenne or Greeley may have cilantro...don't even try in Nebraska, I had to import my own chipotle and mangos...LOL!
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Old 11-22-2014, 02:36 AM   #15
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I have never heard of someone having a carpet scented taste for carrots or beets before.

I like carrots raw, tender crisp or overcooked. My son only likes cooked carrots. My BF also prefers his carrots more on the well done side. I made peas and carrots(tender crisp) tonigt for dinner and he asked me to cook the carrots more next time. :)
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Old 11-22-2014, 02:49 PM   #16
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Don't know about carpet odor but I detest boiled carrots unless they're in a soup or stew. Love 'em roasted though.

I bake beets in foil as soon as I bring them home and store in the frig, still foil wrapped. Treat the leaves like collard or turnip greens.
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Old 11-22-2014, 04:17 PM   #17
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Good grief! You are almost in Nebraska. Cheyenne or Greeley may have cilantro...don't even try in Nebraska, I had to import my own chipotle and mangos...LOL!
The cilantro I can get, it's the fennel bulbs that are eluding me so far. I'm going to Denver in early December, so I may be looking for a way to keep the fennel good until Christmas. If I have to partially cook it, then freeze it, I can do that. I think that I can still make the recipe work if the fennel is briefly blanched then quickly put into a stopping bath. I'll have to do some research.
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Old 11-22-2014, 05:44 PM   #18
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The cilantro I can get, it's the fennel bulbs that are eluding me so far. I'm going to Denver in early December, so I may be looking for a way to keep the fennel good until Christmas. If I have to partially cook it, then freeze it, I can do that. I think that I can still make the recipe work if the fennel is briefly blanched then quickly put into a stopping bath. I'll have to do some research.
I don't envy you the trip through Denver. The kids live in Cherry Creek, I can have them look around for you.
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Old 11-22-2014, 05:59 PM   #19
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Were the pre-cooked beets given to you in a can or package? To be honest, I don't mind the canned when I pickle them, but I don't like them heated from the can. I've found the packaged varieties hit and miss. Not that I would call them tasting like a new carpet smells - just not tasty to me.

I much prefer them roasted. A really-nice sweetness develops during roasting. I love them straight that way or sliced in a salad....like with orange slices and goat cheese...maybe a little sherry vinaigrette. :)

I love beets but am one of the few in my family who does like them. I also like carrots, but cannot stand the canned variety. Again, canned carrots do not taste like new carpet smells....vinyl perhaps?

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Old 11-23-2014, 10:40 AM   #20
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Don't know about carpet odor but I detest boiled carrots unless they're in a soup or stew. Love 'em roasted though.

I bake beets in foil as soon as I bring them home and store in the frig, still foil wrapped. Treat the leaves like collard or turnip greens.
I feel the same exact way about carrots, diced small and in a stew or pot pie, fine, but boiled no way. Roasted they almost become magical, I had a carrot hater that came to dinner, to be polite he tried the roasted carrots and has now become obsessed with them, cooks them often.
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