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Old 05-19-2017, 04:12 PM   #1
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Scraping carrots

Is there a reason? Or do we just do it because grandma used to do it?

I just cut up some carrots to toss in a pot roast. Scraped the carrots then started wondering why.

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Old 05-19-2017, 04:17 PM   #2
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Carrots that are washed right after harvest are usually pretty clean especially if they are smooth. Then I just cut off the top and bottom and give them sides a good scouring. If there are root hairs growing on the sides, or creases with dirt, then I peel them.
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Old 05-19-2017, 04:42 PM   #3
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I find that the peel tends to be bitter, so that's why I peel them.
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Old 05-19-2017, 06:21 PM   #4
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I only scrape the old dilapidated ones.

Years ago I read that most of the nutrients were near the surface, in the skin, etc... and it's less work to just wash them and toss them in.
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Old 05-19-2017, 06:42 PM   #5
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I only scrape the old dilapidated ones.

Years ago I read that most of the nutrients were near the surface, in the skin, etc... and it's less work to just wash them and toss them in.
I don't believe that's true for carrots. The orange pigment in the most common carrots is beta carotene - it's present throughout the vegetable. Also, peeling makes it easier to remove any contamination that might be present.

"Before use, carrots should always be washed well and scrubbed with a vegetable brush. Peeling followed by rinsing is recommended for removing possible surface contamination. Following proper handling methods is imperative with home food preservation of carrots. The process should begin with washing, peeling, and then rewashing the carrots. Recommended pressure levels and processing times must always be followed when canning carrots.

"Consumer handling recommendations include washing carrots under running water and scrubbing with a clean vegetable brush. Peeling carrots can help in removing the tough to clean outer layer."

http://fsi.colostate.edu/carrot/
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I do both. The younger/fresher they are I don't. But if they are older, like GG I scrape them because they tend to be more bitter/tougher.
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Old 05-19-2017, 08:37 PM   #7
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I've always been a peeler. I don't grow my own but if I did, I'd scrub them with a brush anyway so I may as well peel them - they look more appetizing to me that way.
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Old 05-19-2017, 09:31 PM   #8
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Sometimes I use a vegetable peeler and other times I use a scrubber side of a blue scrubber sponge.
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Old 05-20-2017, 02:15 AM   #9
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No need to peel baby carrots. Bigger carrots I do. My 1950's potato peeler I inherited still does fine, for celery too. Hehe, it hasn't dulled after all these years.

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No need to peel baby carrots. Bigger carrots I do. My 1950's potato peeler I inherited still does fine, for celery too. Hehe, it hasn't dulled after all these years.

Baby carrots are already peeled. It never occurred to me to peel celery, though. There's no skin - it's the same throughout.
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