It is unlikely that someone will doubt the benefits of carrots. This delicious and healthy vegetable is used for cooking almost every day. It’s hard to do the first or second dish without it. Carrot is an excellent supplement of salads, it serves as one of the main components of vegetable stew, use it for cooking juice, baking. At the same time, many city inhabitants who do not have spacious cool basements do not know where and how best to keep this vitamin vegetable so that it keeps all nutritional components.
Conditions, Temperature and Terms
Having raised a good harvest of carrots on the summer cottage, many are trying to keep it until next year at home. It is important to understand that not only the place of storage matters, but also what the harvest was assembled, under what conditions. In addition, you should know that not all varieties will be well maintained even when creating optimal conditions for them.
For storage in conditions of urban apartments, copies are suitable, having a cone-shaped form, up to 20 cm long. The carrot is more than 20 cm, having a form of a cylinder, it is desirable to use it right into food, and not to choose it for long storage, since the roots will soon begin to deteriorate. As the most suitable options, it is recommended to choose the varieties of “Red Giant”, “Queen of Autumn”, “Chantana”, “Moscow Winter” and other. It is advisable to separate carrots of different sizes and weight – this applies to both vegetables taken from the garden and purchased in the store.
To store it is better to send root the weight of no more than 150 grams, as it is such a carrot is considered to be the most juicy and tasty.
Produce harvest before the onset of first frosts. For the middle band, this period usually occurs in September. If you skip this time, the carrot can grab in frost, and its fruits will change the taste, they will have a mustard. In addition, such a crop will be stored much worse.
To collect it is better to choose a dry, sunny and a merinage of day. You should not pull the carrot for the tops, most likely, it will remain in the ground, and only the tops will be in hand. To pull it out, it is advisable to beat the earth around for a hood or shovel, slightly raising the soil, and then gently stretch the vegetable for the green top.
During the day, vegetables accumulate sugar, in the evening they begin to spend it. It is in the evening it is better to go to harvest – this will allow you to get more sweet fruits.
Dropping carrots, it is necessary to cut the tops, leaving 2-3 cm of greenery. After vegetables, they scatter on the garden and leave them until they get sick. If the crop is collected in the afternoon, it is desirable to choose a place to dry, where the sun rays will not fall on it. With bad weather, the root plates are transferred to a dry room or place, and they leave for a couple of hours.
After harvesting, further preparation of vegetables directly for storage. Provide long-term storage of carrots will allow cutting the heads, as well as thin tails of the vegetable, since they are starting to refine the first. By producing such manipulation, you should wait a little more until the sections get dry.
Many do not know whether it is worthwhile carrots, sending it to storage, or not. According to experienced gardens, it is not worth doing this. Roots are simply cleaned from the ground without using water. It is important when cleaning not to damage the peel, otherwise it will lead to quick damage to root. Cleaning the harvest, the fruits are placed on a day in a cool place to fly away. However, it will be able to preserve a long time if placing it in the refrigerator.
The roots prepared in this way should be sorted. It is necessary to carefully review the crop, and separately postpone copies with defects, cracks. And also you should select the fruits that were cut by a shovel when digging. All selected specimens are used for processing, they are not laid for long-term storage.
Korneflood color also plays a role. It is advisable to choose bright root roots, because they contain the largest number of useful components. It is necessary to inspect all the instances, and select options without stains or points. And also need vegetables with green spots, as they usually do.
The presence of long streaming-threads says about the presence of parasites, so such root in food is not worth use.
Best storage options
To enjoy juicy vitamin carrot in winter, you need to know in what conditions it is to keep it in the apartment, and how to do it. If you keep a harvest at home, in a heated room, after a few days the fruits will begin to become sluggish. The choice of a suitable place and the creation of optimal conditions will allow to extend the timing of the collected crop.
Those who live outside the city have the opportunity to keep the crop directly in the garden. Such an uncomplicated earth will allow you to keep root roots until May. For this you do not need to dig root roots, prepare them for further storage. Carrot is simply left on the beds, and the specimens digging in the spring and used in food. To keep the harvest until spring, it follows the fall of the tops to gently trimmed, shipping the bed with sand or cover it with a film, and then scatter sawdust, peat or humus.
With this method of storage in the fruits, all useful components will be saved, they will not rot or freeze. But to use carrots for cooking, covered in a similar way, it will not be possible during the winter period, because it is not recommended to open it.
Residents of multi-storey houses boast the presence of basement or cellar cannot. As a suitable storage place for vegetables can be:
refrigerator and freezer;
Collected roots can be stored in different places. Use of recommendations will preserve juicy carrots while preserving nutrients for a long time.
In the fridge
When storing the harvested harvest in the refrigerator, it is recommended to well wash root root with a sponge or rigid brush. Then leaving vegetables so that they dry. After that, from each root, you need to cut the tips on both sides, and wait until the sections are frozen.
Next, the prepared roots are laying out into polyethylene packages, they produce air and tie them. For greater reliability, you can take another package, putting them on top of the first. The vegetables prepared in this way are folded into the container and sent to the compartment at the bottom of the refrigerator. After some time, condensate will begin within the packages, but soon it will disappear.
Usually whole roots leave stored on a shelf for vegetables. In the freezer in this case, it is worth keeping crushed fruits, so they will take a lot less space.
Before placing carrots in the freezer, it needs to be washed and completely dry. After that, the fruits are recommended to grind, cutting in an arbitrary form, or simply grate it with a grater. For storage, any containers suitable in the size of the pallet in the freezer are selected, or simply ordinary packages with ZIP clasp.
In the prepared packag, it is further lay out the crushed carrot, produce air from packages, then neatly and compactly lay out them. In the freezer, crushed roots can persist 6 months and more.
At room temperature
The collected harvest is not recommended to keep in the untreated form simply in the room, otherwise after 3-4 weeks, such a carrot will have to simply throw away. To preserve root roots at room temperature, it is recommended to deceive them with a chalk or clay solution.
To prepare the required tool, you need to take clay and breed it with water, bringing to creamy consistency. After cooking, it should be alternately to lower vegetables into a mass, decompose for drying, and then remove into any dark place, for example, under the bed.
In addition, 30% of the chalk solution is used to spray carrots. When processing by 10 kg of root crops, 100 ml of the chalk solution should be made. After that, the entire harvest is dried and folded in boxes. Then the vegetables are shrinking with sand, and the packaging goes into a cool place for further storage.
On the balcony
As a suitable place to ensure the safety of the collected crop, a loggia or balcony can be. At the same time, you can keep rootfields both on a laptile and on a warmed balcony.
The selected space is the best alternative to the cellar. So that the vegetables are preserved better, it is important to create optimal conditions for them. One of the important parameters is to maintain the desired temperature. It should not be above +2 degrees.
Storage of vegetables can be used box, pan, bank, package.
Save roots fresh will allow the content of them in sawdust, as well as sand or clay solution.
If the vegetables are located on a laptile balcony, they must be covered, protecting the sun or dust from entering them, and also to protect against birds that they want to enjoy. This will keep the collected vegetables there almost before the onset of strong cold weather, after that, the harvest is transferred to the room.
But if the balcony or loggia is glazed, vegetables here can be stored even in frosty weather.
In the storage room
Usually in the storage room, the air temperature is lower than in residential premises, as the sun is practically not peeled there, and any light is rare. Thanks to this, the harvest here will be kept better than in the room.
If there are shelves, they spread to the burlap, and the vegetables are poured. To preserve the harvest, it is recommended to treat it clay, or use the chalk solution.
It is necessary to regularly view vegetables, and remove the fruits that have signs of rot.
Instead of shelves, you can use drawers that are vertically placed and peckped with sand. This will ensure the necessary level of humidity and ventilation.
In addition to these ways and storage sites, keep the crop will allow canning vegetables. From carrots you can cook acute or spicy snack, pick it up, make it in tomato sauce or vegetable oil. Part of vegetables can be used to prepare sauces or vegetable juices.
Many hostesses, even observing all the recommendations, face various storage issues, as the harvest still starts to deter.
Variety freezing. If vegetables are located on an open balcony, then a sharp change in temperature can lead to the freezing of individual instances. With a slight decrease in temperatures up to 2-3 degrees, frost roots should be insulated with old blankets, felt. With severe frost, the boxes are entered into the room where they are before the establishment of a suitable weather. It is not recommended for a long time to keep them warm so that the vegetables do not overheat.
Germination. This may occur due to the growth point left on the head. With germination, carrots need to trim again.
The appearance of mold. Regular examination of the crop reduces the likelihood of mold appearance, but if it happened, you need to remove the fired specimens, and the remaining rootes fall asleep with a mixture of wood ash and sand. In the event that vegetables began massively rot, you should go through, wash them and remove places with defects. Next, the carrot is rubbed on the grater, fold into the package and sent to the freezer for further storage.
The appearance of faded rooteplodes. This can happen due to insufficient humidity in the room. To avoid this, it is recommended to cover the container with a dense cloth. In addition, to solve this problem will help the wrapping of root films of the food film or the placement of the buckets with water will help.
Compliance with these recommendations will save the crop and significantly reduce its damage, rot.