Cooking Baby Carrots
Cooking tips for the caring cook.
Baby Carrots vs. Full Size Carrots
Cooking baby carrots is very much like cooking "regular" carrots and just as with full-size carrots, you can add them to any of your favorite dishes. Stewed, steamed etc.; just chop the baby carrots and add them with corn as a side dish, if desired (the two go great together!).
A true baby carrot is a carrot grown to the "baby stage", which is to say long before the root reaches its mature size. The size of a baby carrot is about 3 or 4 inches in length. The test is if can you see a proper "shoulder" on each carrot. These immature roots are preferred by some people who believe that they are superior either in texture, nutrition or taste. There is also a baby variety called Thumbelina, shaped like a golf ball.
Cooking Your Baby Carrots
- Baby carrots may be crunchy and sweet raw, but try plunging them into boiling water and cooking them 15 to 20 minutes, until fork-tender.
- When you are ready to serve them, reheat them with a little butter and brown sugar, and maybe some grated orange peel for added elegance. It totally changes the character.
Baby Carrot Health Tidbit
Do cooked carrots actually contain more antioxidants than fresh? Cooked carrots do not lose their nutritional value, and may contain more health-giving properties than crunchy raw carrots, according to University of Arkansas researchers.
Did you know?
In the US over 172 million tonnes of carrots are processed into baby peeled carrots.