In recent years, canning has gained a lot of traction. Canning is a great way to preserve produce while maintaining its nutritional value. Carrots are one of the popular vegetables in the canning community. Canned carrots come in handy because they last for a long time and are easy to store. Canning carrots are also a great way to add variety to your diet.
Canning carrots at home is simple, and once you are familiar with the process, it will quickly become a part of your routine. This blog post will serve as a great starting point in your carrot canning journey. The steps for canning are straightforward.
The first question that many of us wonder about is how to process your jars for canning. Well, in the case of carrots, they are a low acid food. So, to can and preserve them safely, you must use the pressure canning technique.
When you are canning acidic foods such as tomatoes, you can use either the pressure canning or the water bath technique. The science behind this is very straightforward. A water bath canner simply cannot reach the pressure canner’s temperatures. In the case of acidic foods, the acid present in the food and the temperature that the vegetables and fruits reach when canned in a water bath is what helps preserve them. However, using a water bath for low acid food for something like carrots leads to the risk of botulism. So, we will stick to using the pressure canning technique as we are canning carrots.
You can use whichever variety of carrots that you like for canning. For example, you can use baby carrots or the normal type. Most people prefer to peel the carrots before canning; however, it is not required. The recipe below uses 5 pounds of fresh carrots. Prepare your carrots by cutting them into the form that you want to can them. A preferred way is to slice the peeled carrots into even discs that are approximately ¼ of an inch in thickness.
Adding salt to your canned carrots is something you will find in many recipes. However, this step is entirely optional and up to your own preferences. If you do end up using salt in your canning recipes, always make sure that you use canning salt and never table salt since it dissolves quickly and won’t end up clouding your canned produce.
Rinse five pint-sized canning jars along with their lids and rings using soap and water. Once your jars are all clean, leave them in the dishwasher or oven so that they can stay warm while you prepare your carrots.
You can use either a cold or hot pack to can your carrots. In cold packing, the carrots are canned without processing them beforehand. Simply add them to your jars and fill them with your canning liquid. In the case of using a hot pack, you will have to process the carrots before you add them to your canning jars. The recipe below has instructions on using the cold pack method, with an additional section at the bottom for exploring the hot packing of the carrots.
Canning food in a standard instant pot is not recommended. However, if you do plan to use an instant pot for canning purposes, always make sure the one you are using has the capabilities to safely can your food. For example, the Instant Pot Max is one of the industry’s first electric instant pots approved by the USDA for safe home canning in certain settings. The guide below explains the steps for canning carrots in an instant pot max.
Remember that you need to adjust your canning pressure according to your elevation. Following is the recommended setting per National Center for Home Food Preservation
You can also use a hot pack for canning your carrots. Whether you use a hot pack or a cold pack, the canning steps and procedure remain the same.
Add your carrots to a large saucepan and add enough water to immerse the carrots completely for a hot pack. Set the saucepan on the stove on low-medium heat and let them simmer for 5 minutes. Use these carrots to fill your canning jars and if you are a little short on the canning liquid, boil some water in a kettle and use that to top off your jars.
This is a great way to can carrots with a little bit of sweetness that is bound to be a hit with kids who are picky eaters.
You can perform a quick tapping test to check the seal of your canning jars. Once your jars are all cool, tap the lid gently with your index finger and observe how the lid reacts. If the lid springs up, the lid has not been sealed properly, and the jar needs to be reprocessed. On the other hand, if the lid does not react in any way, your seal is good.
Properly canned and stored carrots can last for 3 – 5 years with no problems in your pantry. Once opened, store the jar in the refrigerator and use it within 3 – 5 days. If at any point you notice the seal has broken on any of the jars in storage, discard the canning jar because you don’t know how long the jar has been unsealed. If you notice any mold on or in the jars, discard the jar immediately.
Canned carrots are a great way to meal prep and also add variety to your diet. There are several dishes that you can experiment with your canned carrots. You should definitely give canning carrots a try, given how simple it is to can them at home and long they last while still retaining their nutritional value. You can also check our ultimate canning food guide to get more tips about this process.
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