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How to prepare carrots

How to prepare carrots
Here's how to prepare carrots, from the simplest way (peeled then rinsed) to a more sophisticated version where only the very best ofthe vegetable is kept.
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For 4 carrots, you will need:

Nutritional information:

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% are calculated relative to a Recommended Dietary Intake or RDI of 2000 k-calories by day for a woman (change to a man).


Preparation : 14 min.
Preservation : Several days in the fridge, in a closed jar.

How much will it cost?

 For 4 carrots : 0.72 €
 Per carrots : 0.18 €

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 Note : These prices are only approximate.

Step by step recipe:

There's no need to wash the carrots to start with.
How to prepare carrots : Photo of step #1
Peel with a vegetable peeler if possible. The most practical way is by starting in the middle and peeling towards the end of the carrot. Do this all round, then turn and do the same for the other end.
How to prepare carrots : Photo of step #2
Peel away all marks on the surface completely.
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Cut off the top (a good centimetre or ½").
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Then the bottom.
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Rinse and dry on a cloth.

Your carrots are now ready to be grated or sliced for example.

How to prepare carrots : Photo of step #6
If you wish to use only the best of the carrot, there's still a little work left to do.

Cut the carrot in 2 lengthways, then cut each half in 2 again.

You will now have 4 long quarters, with an angled "ridge" and a rounded underside.

How to prepare carrots : Photo of step #7
Lie a quarter on its rounded side, and cut off the angled top edge, which is the core of the carrot.

This central core is always harder than the rest, often fibrous and sometimes more green than orange.

You will notice that it is wider at the top end of the carrot than at the root end, and you should cut to follow this line.

How to prepare carrots : Photo of step #8
Once the central core is removed, what remains is the best of the carrot.
How to prepare carrots : Photo of step #9
Which you can then cut for use in your recipes.
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If you are using new or small carrots, there's no need to remove the central core as they will be tender right through.

If you read in a French chef's recipe "l'orange d'une carrotte" (the orange of a carrot), it means a carrot that's been peeled and rinsed, with its core removed.


Home made.

Last modified on: February 21th 2011

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