I know how bizarre this question might sound to some of you. But, bear with me on this one. Yes. You can absolutely freeze carrot tops. In fact, it is so easy that from now on you will opt for freezing them instead of throwing carrot tops whenever you get some carrots fresh from the market!
For all the carrot lovers everywhere, whether you love to grow them, buy them from the farmers’ market, or even from the supermarket, I bet you already know how amazing and useful the carrot tops are.
In case you don’t, allow me to give you a brief on all the things you can do with carrot tops. Add them to vegetable soups, smoothies, or sauteing them with some olive oil and enjoy them as they are!
That’s why I had to learn how to freeze carrot tops so that they are always ready and fresh for whenever I need them.
How to freeze carrot tops
There are many forms in which you can freeze carrot tops. You can freeze them chopped, as a whole, or after finely chopping them and placing them in a silicone ice tube tray with some water or oil the same way as freezing some herbs.
They might become more soggy and soft after freezing, but this makes them perfect to be added directly to a pot with boiling soup or blended into a smoothie.
There is an alternative way of freezing which is firstly cooking the carrot tops in a soup or even sauteing them prior to freezing. Make sure the carrot tops are cool before freezing them though.
Basic instructions for freezing carrot tops
- Place the carrot tops you want to freeze inside a freezer-friendly container or any freezer bag. Tightly close the bag after releasing as much of the air as you can to prevent freezer burns.
- In case of using a silicone ice cube tray to freeze carrot tops, make sure to tightly wrap the tray before placing it in the freezer.
- Label the freezer container or bag containing the carrot tops with the date of freezing and the contents so that it is easier for you to distinguish it from all the other foods in the freezer later on.
How long will the carrot tops last in the freezer?
They should be good for 8 or even 12 months in the freezer without losing their delicious taste and freshness.
How to defrost carrot tops
Before you worry about the method of defrosting carrot tops, know that if you are planning to use the frozen carrot tops in a smoothie or to make a soup with them, then you won’t need to defrost them at all!
On the other hand, if you are going to thaw them first, then just transfer the container or the bag with the frozen carrot tops from the freezer to the fridge and allow them to slowly defrost.
It is always better to freeze carrot tops in portions instead of a whole batch so that they take less time in defrosting and easier to control the amount you need.
How to use carrot tops
In case you are wondering about the proper use of carrot tops instead of throwing them away, here’s a list of some of the dishes that carrot tops are a main ingredient in: