How to Freeze Carrots
With this method of freezing carrots, we’re going to keep them raw. It does involve a quick blanch in boiling water, but this step is vital for retaining flavour, nutrients and colours. Freezing carrots raw is actually one of the best approaches to take.
One of the best ways to freeze any vegetable is in ready to eat portions which is why we highly recommend freezing carrots in this way.
- Cut Your Carrots
First, you’ll need to top, tail and peel your carrots before cutting them into your desired size. Try slices or batons which are perfect portion sizes.
- Blanch Them
Once you’ve done so, bring a large pan of water up to a rolling boil and place your carrots into the water for barely a minute. Drain and cool. Blanching is important when freezing most vegetables. It prevents the loss of flavour, colour, nutrients and texture and can clear your vegetables’ surface from dirt and bugs.
- Flash Freeze
Once blanched, place your carrots onto a tray in one layer ensuring no pieces are touching one another. Place in the freezer for several hours until frozen.
- Final Freeze
Remove from the freezer and place the pieces into a ziplock bag and return to the freezer.
Now you can help yourself to portions of carrots whenever you need to, cooking them directly from frozen.
How to Freeze Carrot Dishes
You now know how to freeze carrots on their own. But there are actually a few ready-to-use dishes that can be knocked together and frozen with carrots. These can be far more convenient ways to freeze carrots so give them a go.
How to Freeze Soffritto
Soffritto, or mirepoix, may not be solely carrots but this a great way to have the base of many dishes ready to go from the freezer and that’s why it has been included on this page. Stews, pasta sauces and soups all use soffrito in some form, and it’s super easy to knock together in batches, freeze and have ready to go.
- Prepare Your Soffritto
Take equal quantities of white onion, carrot and celery. Peel the onions, top and tail the carrots then roughly chop all the vegetables before throwing them into a food processor. Pulse a few times to get it finely chopped. Don’t blend too much as you’re not looking for a paste.
- Flash Freeze
Take a silicone muffin or cupcake tray and fill each hole with your mix and place it in the freezer.
- Final Freeze
Once frozen pop them out and place them in a ziplock bag and return them to the freezer.
When you need some soffritto, grab a block from the freezer and place directly into the pan with a little cold olive oil and place over a low heat giving it 10 minutes or so to soften down. Alternatively, you can flash freeze the vegetables and store them all in one large freezer bag. If you don’t flash freeze, they will clump together making it near-impossible to grab a portion as and when you need them.
How to Freeze Carrot Soup
Like most vegetable-based soups, freezing carrot soup is very straightforward. You need to tip the finished soup into a thick freezer bag or container (you don’t want leaks) and then place this into the freezer.
When sealing the bag, try to squeeze out as much of the air as possible. This will help keep your carrot soup protected whilst also saving valuable space in your freezer.
When freezing your carrot soup, it’s vital that you allow it to cool down before placing it in the freezer.
How to Freeze Carrot Cake
Freezing carrot cake is fairly straightforward. We would recommend freezing it in slices so you can easily thaw a piece at a time.
Slice your cake up, wrap each piece in clingfilm followed by a layer of foil and then place in the freezer. To avoid any unwanted damage to your carrot cake, place the slices in an airtight container. You’ll want to use a rigid container and not a bag to avoid it getting crushed.
4 Tips for Freezing Carrots
Now you know how to freeze carrots in a variety of ways, we’ve got our 4 top tips which we strongly recommend following when freezing them to have the best results:
- Blanch – Blanching will lock in nutrients, flavour, colour and texture when freezing carrots. That is why it is worth the time and effort.
- Flash Freeze – Another element to freezing carrots that is a little time-consuming but well worth the effort is flash freezing. If you want to be able to grab a portion at a time, then it is essential. It will ensure your carrots don’t freeze together in clumps.
- Try Freezing Soffritto – Soffritto makes the ultimate base to various dishes from soup and pasta sauces to pies and stews. Having it bulk-prepared and ready in the freezer can be a huge time saver. Try mixing your favourite base ingredients and then freezing.
- Avoid Freezing Carrots Whole – There is no advantage to freezing carrots whole. Chances are, you’ll want to chop them up, and they will take an incredibly long time to thaw before you can use them. Instead, cut the carrots up into useable chunks or cubes before using them.
How Long Can You Freeze Carrots?
Carrots will usually retain their flavour and nutrients for around 9 months in the freezer. As always, it’s a great idea to label your frozen carrots with the date they were frozen and/or the date you need to use them so they don’t go to waste.
You Can Freeze Carrots for up to 9 Months
How Do You Defrost Carrots?
The great news is that you don’t need to defrost carrots to cook them. They’ll work fine straight from the freezer. The go-to option is the microwave or boiling them in water which works fine but will often leave you with overcooked, limp carrots.
Instead, we recommend tossing the carrots in some rapeseed oil with a pinch of chilli and salt, spreading them out on a baking tray and throwing them in the oven for 20 to 30 minutes until brown and roasted.
If you’re using the soffritto then, as discussed above, you need to place the block of soffritto into a pan with some oil and let it soften over low heat. Don’t use high heat as you’ll end up burning the block before it has had time to thaw thoroughly.
Can You Refreeze Carrots?
Like most vegetables, carrots can be refrozen. However, there is likely to be a loss of quality. When you are defrosting anything, some moisture is lost. If you refreeze something and then defrost it again, you’ll draw even more moisture out of the vegetable.
This is the case with carrots. It can cause your carrots to lose some of their flavours and can ruin some of the texture. They should remain perfectly safe to eat after refreezing, however.
Do Carrots Freeze Well?
If you spend time blanching and preparing your carrots before freezing then you’ll be hard pushed to tell the difference between fresh and frozen carrots in most instances.
If you fail to take time blanching your carrots beforehand then they can slightly discolour and lose some of their flavours.
If you’ve still got questions about freezing carrots or carrots in general, then these may help:
Can You Freeze Carrots Without Blanching?
Blanching isn’t a requirement but it does come down to how you plan on using the carrots. Blanching carrots will help them to retain their orange colour and more of their flavour.
If the colour and strong flavour are important to you, take those extra 10 minutes to blanch and drain the carrots. You’ll notice the difference. By blanching your carrots, you’ll also extend the time they will remain at their best in the freezer.
Can You Freeze Carrots Whole?
You can use the exact method above for freezing carrots whole. We would recommend top and tailing them as you’ll need to do this eventually. If you do freeze your carrots whole then remember you’ll need to give them ample time to thaw completely.
Can You Freeze Julienne Carrots
Of course. You can actually freeze carrots in whatever shape or size you want. Just remember that the small and more delicate, the greater the risk of breaking them. With julienned carrots, they will be quite fragile so be delicate when transferring them to and from the freezer.
How Do You Freeze Carrots for Smoothies?
We would recommend freezing your carrots in 1-inch chunks. You can then grab a handful from the freezer and blend straight from the freezer. You’ll get that delicious carrot hit and keep your smoothie nice and cool.
How Do You Freeze Carrots for Soup?
To freeze carrots for soup, we would keep them in large chunks. Place them in a pan once you’ve sweated some onions and thaw them over a low heat. You can continue to cook the soup as you normally would.