- KNOW YOUR VEG
of the most versatile, reasonably priced and popular
vegetables in the UK, carrots have a sweet flavour,
crisp texture and a distinctive orange colour. Baby
carrots, which are cooked whole, are especially tender
and sweet. Choose carrots that feel firm to the touch,
have a smooth skin and a bright colour.
How To Use Carrots
can be eaten raw or cooked. Raw grated carrots are
included in salads such as coleslaw and can be added
to rice and nut salads or pasta salads. Cooked carrots
are a popular accompanying vegetable and combine
particularly well with other root vegetables such
as swede or parsnip. They can be included in soups,
stews and pies. Spices such as cardamom, cumin and
coriander and herbs such as parsley and chives go
particularly well with cooked carrots. Carrots are
also included in a variety of sweet recipes, such
as carrot cake and Christmas pudding.
How To Prepare Carrots
should be peeled, topped and tailed and washed before
cutting into rounds, cubes or strips. Baby carrots
need to be scrubbed, topped and tailed and washed
before cooking whole.
How To Cook Carrots
can be boiled, baked, roasted or steamed. To boil
carrots, bring a pan of water to the boil, add the
chopped carrots or whole baby carrots and cook for
10 - 12 minutes, depending on size, until tender.
To bake, preheat the oven to 190°C, gas mark
5, place sliced carrots in an ovenproof dish with
a knob of butter, 5 tbsp water and 1 tbsp clear
honey, cover tightly with foil or a lid. Cook for
50 -55 minutes or until tender. To roast preheat
the oven to 200°C, gas mark 6. Add 2 tbsp olive
oil to a roasting tin and heat in the oven, add
sliced carrots, season well and roast for 45 - 55
minutes or until tender. To steam, place chopped
carrots or whole baby carrots in a steamer and cook
for 10 - 15 minutes or until tender.
How To Store Carrots
refrigerated after purchase.
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