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Old 10-03-2013, 05:21 PM   #1
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Giant Carrot

For Canadian Thanksgiving this month, I plan to roast a huge intact carrot or two from the garden. And serve it all garnished and displayed as if it were a turkey.

Well, carrots are hard as rock, so I was wondering what would be the best way to proceed? I am pretty sure if I just throw it onto a roasting pan, it will kind of get a shrunken look. Help me out, folks! I want this carrot (or two) to look and taste good! I suspect that because it is so large that it won't bake/cook/roast evenly.

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I would par-cook it in the microwave until it was almost tender, then roast it to get it caramelized. During roasting, you can also add seasonings like cumin or crushed red pepper with a little honey or even soy sauce. Yummy
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I would par-cook it in the microwave until it was almost tender, then roast it to get it caramelized. During roasting, you can also add seasonings like cumin or crushed red pepper with a little honey or even soy sauce. Yummy
Uh oh, we don't have a microwave oven. Can you suggest an alternative procedure?
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Old 10-03-2013, 05:35 PM   #4
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Although I don't have any cooking help, I would sure love to see a pic of those giant Canadian carrots. :-)
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Uh oh, we don't have a microwave oven. Can you suggest an alternative procedure?
Maybe parboil it on the stove. Might need to use a stock pot to get it all in!
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Maybe parboil it on the stove. Might need to use a stock pot to get it all in!
That or, if it won't fit in a saucepan, put it in a roasting pan, fill the pan with water halfway up the sides of the carrot, cover tightly with foil, and cook at 350F for 1/2 hour or so till almost tender. I'm not sure really how much time it would take, so you might need to check it frequently after 20 minutes or so. Turn it periodically so it will cook as evenly as possible. I think you could pre-cook it and finish cooking the day of, if you wanted to.
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Thanx to all of you. and esp. to you, GotGarlic.

Re a photo of the large carrots, I do not have a digital camera so any photos I take, it's anybody's guess when they'll be developed & printed. I dug up several carrots today and the largest is about 3" or more in diameter and weighs at least 3 lb. Not a world record by a long shot but a record for me, cuz I wasn't even trying to grow large carrots. The variety is an heirloom called Muscade.

I don't consider the gnarled unrecognizable prize winning carrots to be carrots at all:

The World Records - Heaviest and Longest Carrot - The Growers - John Evans and Joe Atherton

Happy Thanksgiving to all those here observing the holiday in October!
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[QUOTE=Daizymae;1306201]Thanx to all of you. and esp. to you, GotGarlic.

Re a photo of the large carrots, I do not have a digital camera so any photos I take, it's anybody's guess when they'll be developed & printed. I dug up several carrots today and the largest is about 3" or more in diameter and weighs at least 3 lb. Not a world record by a long shot but a record for me, cuz I wasn't even trying to grow large carrots. The variety is an heirloom called Muscade.

I don't consider the gnarled unrecognizable prize winning carrots to be carrots at all:

The World Records - Heaviest and Longest Carrot - The Growers - John Evans and Joe Atherton

Happy Thanksgiving to all those here observing the holiday in October! [/QUOT

I wonder how it will taste. When I have cooked very large carrots I found them bitter and fiberous but maybe that was just the variety of the carrot or had something to do with the soil.
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When I used to make a lot of carrot juice, I always looked for the big carrots. They were sweeter than the same kind of smaller carrots.
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Why wouldn't a big fat carrot bake something like a big fat yam or sweet potato, or a squash? Not knowing how big your big carrot is, I think I would just handle like any other big old veggie that I want to bake/roast, knowing that they all shrink up a bit. It's one of those things that just for fun done with high hopes that it turns out great. So, I would season it, lay it in a roaster, cover it with foil and roast it awhile. Test for to see if it's getting near done, then uncover it and let it finish. Good luck.
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