What to do with 10 Pounds of Carrots

If you’ve found yourself with a 10-pound bag of carrots and are wondering what to do with them, you’re in the right place. Carrots are not only a versatile and nutritious vegetable but also a fantastic addition to your meals. In today’s post, we’ll explore a variety of creative ways to make the most of your carrots, from canning to delicious recipes.

Basket of carrots

Healthy Facts about Carrots

Before we dive into the wonderful world of carrot recipes and preservation methods, let’s start with the basics. Carrots are not only delicious but also highly nutritious. They are an excellent source of dietary fiber, vitamin C, and beta-carotene, which can contribute to better health and overall well-being.

Whether you’re dealing with a 10-pound bag of baby carrots or larger carrots, their natural sweetness makes them a favorite for many.

Carrots are also a versatile root vegetable that can be used in various culinary applications, from soups to salads and even desserts. They can be stored for an extended period, making them a convenient addition to your pantry, especially of you have lbs of carrots.

The natural sweetness of carrots makes them a great addition to your daily meals.

Vitamin C is essential for a strong immune system and healthy skin. It can also help your body absorb iron from plant-based sources, making carrots an excellent companion for iron-rich foods like spinach or lentils.  Let’s be honest, when winter comes around, we want an extra dose of that vitamin C!

Beta-carotene, found in abundance in carrots, is a powerful antioxidant that may reduce the risk of chronic diseases and promote eye health. It’s also responsible for the vibrant orange color of carrots.

Dietary fiber in carrots aids in digestion and can help manage blood sugar levels. Adding carrots to your diet is a smart choice for those aiming to maintain a balanced diet and a healthy weight.

While baby carrots are a little more expensive than a bag of regular sized carrots, the package of baby carrots are a really convenient way to add some nutrition to your children’s meals.  I like to serve them with hummus.  It’s the type of addition I like to add when I think to myself, “my kids really need to eat some vegetables with this meal.” 

Baby carrots to the rescue!  Add some to lunch and I feel like a successful mom who has made sure my child has eaten some kind of vegetable that day.

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If you’re looking to extend the shelf life of your carrots and enjoy their goodness throughout the year, consider using a pressure canner. Pressure canning is a safe and efficient way to preserve carrots.

I used to be scared of a pressure canner, but finally gave in and bought one last year.  It’s my favorite method of preserving food now and I wonder why I waited so long to buy one.

Here’s a step-by-step guide on how to do process your carrots.

  1. Gather Your Equipment: Start by assembling your canning jars, lids, and a pressure canner. Ensure that everything is clean and in good condition.
  2. Prepare Your Carrots: Wash and peel the carrots, removing any blemishes. Cut them into slices or chunks, depending on your preference.
  3. Prepare the Carrot Broth: In a large pot, create a carrot broth by combining water, a teaspoon of salt, and your choice of seasonings. You can add herbs and spices like thyme, garlic, or bay leaves for extra flavor.  If you prefer no seasonings, leave them out.
  4. Pack the Jars: Place the carrot slices or chunks into the canning jars, leaving some headspace at the top.
  5. Add the Carrot Water: Pour the hot carrot water into the jars, ensuring that the carrots are fully submerged. Leave about an inch of headspace to allow for expansion.
  6. Seal the Jars: Wipe the jar rims to remove any residue, place the lids on top, and secure them with the screw bands. Make sure the jars are tightly sealed but not overly tightened.
  7. Process in the Pressure Canner: Follow your pressure canner’s instructions for processing times and pressures based on your altitude. It’s essential to adhere to proper canning procedures for safety.  Process time may vary depending on what altitude you live at.

By pressure canning your carrots, you’ll have delicious, shelf-stable carrots ready to use in various recipes throughout the year. This method preserves the flavor and nutritional value of the carrots, making them a valuable addition to your pantry.  Home food preservation is an excellent way to store your ten-pound bag of carrots.

Other ways to Store 10 lbs of carrots

When you’ve got a surplus of carrots and want them to last, there are a few mom-approved tricks you can try:

Root Cellar Storage:

  • Find a cool, damp spot in your home, like a basement or cellar. If you don’t have one, the fridge crisper drawer will do.
  • Clean and chop your carrots and store them in a box or bin filled with slightly wet sand, sawdust, or peat moss.
  • Keep an eye on them to ensure they stay fresh. Adjust the humidity and temperature as needed.


  • Slice or dice your carrots.
  • Blanch them quickly in boiling water, then cool them in ice water.
  • Dry them off and pop them into airtight freezer bags or containers. Label and date them, and store them in the freezer.


  • Slice or grate your carrots.
  • Use a food dehydrator or your oven on a low setting to dry them until they’re crispy.
  • Keep the dried carrots in airtight containers in a cool, dark spot.

Remember to follow food safety rules for each method, and your carrots will stay yummy for months or even longer! These tricks help you save money and have delicious carrots whenever you need them.

Delicious Carrot Recipes 

Now that you’ve learned the basics of pressure canning, let’s explore a wide array of delicious carrot recipes that will help you make the most of your 10-pound bag of carrots:

Carrot Puree: Steam or boil your carrots until they are soft, then blend them in a food processor with a bit of olive oil, a pinch of brown sugar, and a dash of maple syrup for sweetness.  Carrot puree is great for babies too!  You can leave out the sugar if you like.

Carrot Puree


Roasted Carrots: Toss carrot slices in olive oil, sprinkle with salt, and roast at high heat until they caramelize. You can enhance the flavor with a touch of balsamic vinegar or orange zest.


Carrot Soup: Create a flavorful carrot soup with vegetable stock, a little bit of butternut squash for creaminess, and a touch of white wine. Garnish with fresh herbs and a dollop of sour cream for added richness.  Want an actual recipe?  Try this one.  

Carrot Soup


Carrot and Green Bean Medley: Sauté carrot slices and green beans in olive oil with a hint of balsamic vinegar and lime juice for a zesty side dish. The combination of colors and flavors will brighten up your dinner table.


Carrot Juice: Invest in a juicer and enjoy the goodness of fresh carrot juice packed with vitamin C and beta carotene. You can even add other fruits like oranges or apples for a delightful blend.  My favorite juice blend is carrots, celery, and an apple.

Carrot Juice


Carrot Cake: Finally, don’t forget the classic favorite – carrot cake. Try your hand at your favorite carrot cake recipe, complete with cream cheese frosting and a sprinkle of chopped nuts for texture.  Here’s a good one to try.

Carrot Cake

Chicken pot pie:  A delicious chicken pot pie is perfect for the cold weather, and adding carrots to it just makes it that much better.

Other Things to do with Lots of Carrots

Here are some additional ideas for making the most of your 10 pounds of carrots:

  • Try Raw Carrots: Don’t forget that whole carrots are delicious in their raw form. Slice them into sticks for a convenient and healthy snack, or eat them whole without cutting them up. They’re perfect for dipping in hummus or ranch dressing.


  • Experiment with Carrot Peels: Instead of discarding carrot peels, consider using them in creative ways. You can turn them into crispy carrot chips by seasoning and baking them.


  • Blend Carrots into Smoothies: Add a handful of tiny carrots (like baby carrot size) to your morning smoothie for a boost of nutrients without altering the flavor significantly.  This works better in a high speed blender as carrots are a little harder to blend.


  • Combine Carrots with Other Vegetables: Mix carrots with other root vegetables like sweet potatoes and beets for a colorful and nutritious medley.


  • Add them to soups and stews:  In the winter I love to add carrots to any big pot of soup or stew.  They are a nice addition to most soups or stews.


  • Add them to spaghetti sauce:  Chunky vegetable spaghetti sauce is delicious.  Add whatever you have on hand, including some of those carrots you have!


  • Pickle them:  That’s right, you can pickle carrots and let me tell you, they are a favorite around here.


  • Ferment them:  Make them even healthier by fermenting them.  Again, another favorite in my house.

Can your skin turn orange from eating too many carrots?

Yes, your skin can turn orange from eating too many carrots, but it’s not a common occurrence and is generally harmless. This phenomenon is known as “carotenemia.” Carrots are rich in beta-carotene, a pigment that gives them their orange color.

When you consume a significant amount of foods high in beta-carotene, such as carrots, sweet potatoes, and pumpkin, your body stores excess beta-carotene in the fat under your skin.

Over time, this accumulation of beta-carotene can lead to a yellow-orange discoloration of the skin, especially on the palms of the hands, soles of the feet, and the face. However, this condition is usually more noticeable in fair-skinned individuals.

Carotenemia is generally harmless and reversible. Simply reducing your intake of beta-carotene-rich foods will cause the orange discoloration to fade over time. In rare cases, excessive consumption of beta-carotene can be associated with other health issues, so be sure to consume carrots in moderation.


Don’t waste that 10 lb bag of Carrots

Having a 10-pound bag of carrots doesn’t have to be overwhelming. By utilizing pressure canning techniques and exploring various carrot recipes, you can make the most of this nutritious and versatile vegetable. Carrots are not only a source of delicious meals but also a valuable addition to your diet, offering a wide range of health benefits. So, roll up your sleeves, get creative in the kitchen, and enjoy the bounty of carrots you have at your disposal.

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