Dehydrated Carrots

By Charlotte King

Carrots are an excellent storage crop – they are versatile to use and packed with nutrients. When preserving carrots, the most common ways are to either freeze them or can them. But, if you do not want to sacrifice freezer space, dehydrating carrots is one of the best ways to preserve them! So, in this guide, you will learn how to prepare dehydrated carrots with the best practices in mind.

Dehydrating carrots is a straightforward process and can be completed quickly. You can start by selecting fresh carrots, then shredding or chopping them. Next, give the prepared carrots a quick blanch before drying them in a dehydrator, oven, air fryer, or microwave. Your dehydrated carrots should then be ready to be stored and used in all kinds of recipes!

Carrots are an excellent storage crop – they are versatile to use and packed with nutrients. When preserving carrots, the most common ways are to either freeze them or can them. But, if you do not want to sacrifice freezer space, dehydrating carrots is one of the best ways to preserve them! So, in this guide, you will learn how to prepare dehydrated carrots using either a dehydrator, oven, air fryer, or microwave.
sliced carrots on baking tray

Preparing to Dehydrate Carrots

group of carrots in a wooden box

How to Pick Fresh Carrots

The quality of your fruits and vegetables matters a lot when preserving them for long-term storage. Here are a few quick tips to help you buy the freshest carrots the next time you are at the grocery store.

Tip #1: Carrots grow longer the more time they spend in the ground. And, the longer they stay in the ground, the more time the sugars in the carrot develop. So, if you want to buy sweeter carrots, you should look for long carrots.

Tip #2: Choose carrots with deep coloring and minimal bruises. When you squeeze them gently, they should feel firm.

Tip #3: If the carrots still have their leaves attached, they will help you identify the freshest of the bunch. Fresh carrots will have leaves that are crisp and vibrant.

Supplies You Need

Carrots

The best part about dehydrated food is that they require minimum storage space. The same is true for carrots as well. After drying, you will have about half as many carrots as you had at the start. We will use about 6 cups (2 lbs) of freshly chopped carrots, which should give you about 3 cups of dehydrated carrots.

Dehydrating Equipment

To dehydrate your carrot, you need dehydrating equipment. There are special food dehydrators designed for drying different kinds of food. These take the longest and, in the end, give you perfect results. However, you could also use an oven or an air-fryer to dehydrate your carrots.

Container Jars

To store your dehydrated carrots, you will need glass containers. It is best to use see-through glass containers so that you can notice any signs of mold or spoilage. Additionally, any residual heat in the dried carrots will distribute faster throughout the transparent container.

How to Wash Carrots

If you plan to dehydrate carrots with their skin, you must clean them thoroughly. You can even use a vegetable scrubber to make this easier. Before washing the carrots, trim off their tops. Next, clean them in plenty of water to eliminate all traces of dirt and germs.

How to Cut Carrots

carrots and knife on cutting board

You will need to cut the carrots in the form you want to dehydrate them. You can julienne the carrots, cut them into discs, or even grate them. Whichever way you choose, it is best to cut them as evenly as possible so that all pieces have the same drying time.

If you grate the carrots, make sure to use a coarse grater so that the carrots are not too fine when grated. A simple way to get even slices when cutting the carrots into discs is to use a mandoline. A thickness of ¼ to ⅛ inch is ideal.

How to Blanch Carrots

When your carrots are cut and ready, the next step is to blanch them. Blanching is essential when drying carrots because it helps preserve their color and taste.

  1. To blanch the carrots, start by bringing a pot of water to a boil on the stovetop. You can also salt the water to add flavor to the carrots, but this is entirely optional. 
  2. Once the water has come to a rapid boil, carefully add your carrots to it. Blanch the carrots for 3 – 5 minutes until you see their color change to a vibrant orange.
  3. Once blanched, your carrots need to be transferred to a bowl of ice-cold water to stop their cooking process. Use a slotted spoon to prevent scalding yourself with the hot water and carrots.
  4. Next, drain the carrots once they have cooled completely using a colander. 

Your carrots are now blanched and ready to be dehydrated!

How to Dehydrate Carrots

Drying Using a Food Dehydrator

A dehydrator is a tried and tested piece of equipment for dehydrating. The best way to dehydrate vegetables is at a low temperature for as long as possible, and a dehydrator helps you achieve just that!

  1. Spread the carrots in a single layer, keeping enough space between the pieces for the hot air to circulate.
  2. Once all the trays are prepared, load them into the dehydrator and set your dehydrator to 125 degrees Fahrenheit. Note that this temperature may vary according to your dehydrator, so check the manual beforehand.
  3. The carrots should take between 8-10 hours to dehydrate completely. You may need to rotate the trays in your dehydrator so that all the carrots dry evenly.
  4. Test the carrots every few hours to check their dryness. If the carrots have all dried, remove them from the dehydrator and let cool to room temperature. 

Drying Using an Oven

An excellent alternative to using a dehydrator is to use an oven to dry your carrots.

  1. Prepare a baking tray by lining it with wax paper and spread the carrots in a single layer. Then, load the prepared tray into the oven.
  2. Dry the carrots at 135 degrees Fahrenheit for 6-8 hours until they have dried completely. You may want to open the oven door a little to allow the hot air to circulate and prevent overheating.
  3. Flip the carrots halfway through and check on them every few minutes until they have dried completely.

Drying Using an Air Fryer

The air fryer is best to use when you are short on time and want the carrots dehydrated quickly.

  1. Start by spreading the blanched carrots in a single layer in the air fryer basket. Make sure that the carrot pieces do not overlap, as that will cause them to stick to each other.
  2. Next, load the prepared basket into the air fryer and process the carrots at the lowest temperature setting for about an hour. For most air-fryers, the lowest temperature setting is 175 degrees Fahrenheit. If you are dehydrating grated carrots, they will probably dry much faster. Note that an air fryer has less space than a dehydrator, so you may have to dry in batches.
  3. Check the carrots periodically to test their dryness. Once dried, remove the carrots onto a wire rack and let them cool to room temperature. 

Drying Using a Microwave

Using a microwave is one of the fastest ways to dehydrate carrot chips, especially if you do not want to buy special equipment.

  1. To use your microwave for dehydrating, prepare a baking tray by lining it with wax paper. You can then spread the carrots in a single layer.
  2. Set your microwave to medium power and let the carrots dehydrate for 10 minutes. 
  3. If you are dehydrating carrots slices, flip them over after the first 10 minutes and dry them for another 10 minutes at low power. 
  4. Once all carrots have dried, remove the carrots from the microwave and let them cool to room temperature.

How to Store Dehydrated Carrots

group of carrots spread out

When dehydrating carrots at home, it is important to condition them before storage. Conditioning means that you process the dried food to spread out residual heat to prevent any possibility of mold growth.

To condition the dried carrots, add them to your container jars once they have cooled to room temperature, filling each jar to ⅔ of their capacity. Shake the jars a couple of times a day for a week to distribute the residual heat and moisture.

If there is no condensation formed on the inside of the jars at the end week, they are ready to go into long-term storage. Label and date each jar before moving it to your pantry. You can fill the jars at this time. 

However, if there is any condensation, your carrots have not dried completely and will need additional time for drying.

How to Rehydrate Dried Carrots

dried carrots and fork on a plate

To rehydrate your carrots, remove the quantity you need into a bowl and pour some boiling hot water over it. Allow the carrots to soak for 15 minutes to rehydrate them completely. Remember that your carrots will nearly double in size upon rehydrating, so be mindful when choosing how many carrots to rehydrate.

How to Use Dried Carrots

carrot and potato stir fry on plate

Dried carrots can be rehydrated and used in all the dishes using fresh carrots. They work well in soups, stews, casseroles, and stir-fries. However, dehydrated carrots will not have the same crunch as fresh carrots.

Still, dried carrots make an excellent healthy snack. To dry the carrots for snacking, dry them to a leathery texture to retain a bit of their moisture and sugar. These carrots, however, will need to be stored in the refrigerator. 

Frequently Asked Questions

raw carrots on wooden cutting board

Do You Have to Blanch Carrots Before Dehydrating?

Blanching the carrots for dehydration is not required, but it is recommended. There are several differences between carrots that have been blanched and not blanched before drying. Blanched carrots will not only last longer in storage but will also retain their color and flavor better.

How Long Does Dehydrated Carrot Last?

Properly dried and stored carrots will easily last in your pantry for 12-18 months. Check on your dried carrots every few months to maintain their quality. If you notice any signs of mold or spoilage, discard the affected jar.

Can You Dehydrate Whole Carrots?

Dehydrating whole carrots is not recommended because you will likely get bad results when drying such large pieces. The carrots will not dry evenly in most cases, potentially leading to faster spoilage.

Conclusion

raw carrots on black wood

Dehydrating carrots requires some time, but you end up with a healthy and delicious ingredient for meals and snacks. You can also learn how to pickle carrots if you want to add some tang to your snacks. If you enjoyed this guide, check out our ultimate guide to drying for even more tips and tricks!

sliced carrots on baking tray

Dehydrated Carrots

Carrots are an excellent storage crop – they are versatile to use and packed with nutrients. When preserving carrots, the most common ways are to either freeze them or can them. But, if you do not want to sacrifice freezer space, dehydrating carrots is one of the best ways to preserve them! So, in this guide, you will learn how to prepare dehydrated carrots using either a dehydrator, oven, air fryer, or microwave.
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Total Time 30 mins
Course Preparation
Servings 3
Calories 105 kcal

Equipment

  • colander

Ingredients
  

  • 6 cups carrots

Instructions
 

  • Prepare your carrots by washing and cutting them into the form you want to dehydrate them in.
  • Blanch the carrots in boiling water for 3-5 minutes until they are a vibrant orange color.
  • Once blanched, transfer them to a bowl of icy water to stop their cooking process.
  • Next, drain the blanched carrots into a colander.
  • Depending on whether you are using a food dehydrator, oven, microwave, or air-fryer, prepare the trays by spreading the carrots in a single layer so that there is plenty of airflow between the carrot pieces.
  • Load the carrots into the equipment of your choice and dehydrate them at the temperature and time specified below:
    Food Dehydrator: 125 degrees Fahrenheit for 8-10 hours
    Oven: 135 degrees Fahrenheit for 6-8 hours
    Air Fryer: 175 degrees Fahrenheit for 1 hour
    Microwave: Medium-low temperature setting for 15-20 minutes
  • Once the carrots have all dried, remove them and allow them to cool to room temperature before you store them.

Nutrition

Sodium: 177mgCalcium: 84mgVitamin C: 15mgVitamin A: 42767IUSugar: 12gFiber: 7gPotassium: 819mgCalories: 105kcalMonounsaturated Fat: 1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gSaturated Fat: 1gFat: 1gProtein: 2gCarbohydrates: 25gIron: 1mg
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