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Post  Triciasgarden on 3/8/2015, 12:43 am

I have been lucky some years and grown some good carrots. My problem is that once I harvest them, they get limp within a short amount of time. What am I doing wrong? What do I need to do right so I can store them for longer than 1-2 days?
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Post  Kelejan on 3/8/2015, 1:59 am

I thought I saw this question a few days ago but I cannot locate the thread.
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Post  AtlantaMarie on 3/8/2015, 9:02 am

Oh.  Thanks, LM.  THAT certainly explains a few things!  Embarassed
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Post  llama momma on 3/8/2015, 9:37 am

AtlantaMarie, your welcome.  Someone posted that site a long time ago so I was happy to find it and re-post for you. I had forgotten most of the information too. Hope this helps you too TriciasGarden!
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Post  quiltbea on 3/8/2015, 12:45 pm

That's great info momma.  Thanks a bunch. 
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Post  sanderson on 3/8/2015, 2:35 pm

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Post  llama momma on 3/8/2015, 2:44 pm

Glad this is useful  -- Enjoy! 
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Post  plantoid on 3/8/2015, 3:07 pm

@Triciasgarden wrote:I have been lucky some years and grown some good carrots.  My problem is that once I harvest them, they get limp within a short amount of time.  What am I doing wrong?  What do I need to do right so I can store them for longer than 1-2 days?


Take off the tops but leave 1/2" or so , wash them free of MM or soil ,  pack unpeeled in vac pac heat sealed bags with a table spoon of cooled boiled water in the sealed bag
 
If you want to peel and turn them into discs or carrots baton  do it and add a bit more cooled boiled water, then vac pack and heat seal.

For grated carrots add a heaped teaspoon of sugar ,sprinkle it over it , pop it in the bag asap after grating it up  and add a dessert spoonful of cooled boiled  water .

Once sealed gently tumble the bags in your hands to spread the liquids all ove the carrot etc.
 
They often keep for 10 or more days in our fridge like this as do lots of other suddenly ready to harvest veg .

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Stand them minus the tops in a jug of tap water in the fridge change the weater every other day .

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Check that the lid is on the " crispator" veg drawers of the fridge and that the vents on the drawer front/s are closed if you have one of the moisture free fridges that never need defrosting , for these type of fridges fair suck the water out of things in the fridge.
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Post  Triciasgarden on 3/9/2015, 4:21 pm

LM and Plantoid, thank you so much for all your wonderful information! I will be ready now, once I get the carrots planted and grown!
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Post  Kelejan on 3/9/2015, 5:26 pm

Thank you Triciasgarden for bringing up this subject and a ditto for LLM and Plantoid.

May we never have limp carrots again. Very Happy
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Post  AtlantaMarie on 3/10/2015, 8:28 am

Yes, indeed!

And it makes you kinda wonder what they do to those store carrots that last forever...
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Post  FamilyGardening on 3/10/2015, 1:11 pm

@AtlantaMarie wrote:Yes, indeed!

And it makes you kinda wonder what they do to those store carrots that last forever...
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Post  plantoid on 3/10/2015, 2:40 pm

They are held back in " shoP condition " ..... that is good for a shelf life of about four days using temperature , humidity and inert gas atmospheres such as nitrogen or CO2 using a computer to do it in the controlled cold storage
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Post  AtlantaMarie on 3/10/2015, 6:53 pm

Nitrogen &/or CO2...  Hmmm.... well, I suppose it could be worse - like how they ripen banana!

Think I'll get some carrots planted in the next few days.
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Post  sanderson on 3/11/2015, 12:54 am

Good incentive to get some carrots planted. Thanks, Plantoid.

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