14 Tasty Ways to Use Up a Bag of Baby Carrots

Get more veggies into your family's diet with these easy ways to use up the rest of the bag of baby carrots that's always sitting in your fridge.

Photo By: Jackie Alpers ©2014, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

Photo By: Jackie Alpers

Photo By: Jackie Alpers

Photo By: Jackie Alpers ©2014, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

Photo By: Jackie Alpers ©2014, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

Photo By: Jackie Alpers ©2014, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

Photo By: Jackie Alpers ©2014, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

Photo By: Jackie Alpers ©2014, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

Photo By: Jackie Alpers ©2014, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

Photo By: Jackie Alpers ©2014, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

Photo By: Jackie Alpers ©2014, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

Photo By: Jackie Alpers ©2014, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

Photo By: Jackie Alpers ©2014, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

Photo By: Jackie Alpers ©2014, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

Photo By: Jackie Alpers ©2014, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

Photo By: Jackie Alpers ©2014, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

Photo By: Jackie Alpers ©2014, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

Baby Carrots, 14 Different Ways

It's a common predicament: You buy a bag of baby carrots, eat a few, and then let the rest of them sit at the bottom of the vegetable bin until they become either a slimy mess or dried-out little nubs. Here are easy ways to use up the rest of that bag, get more veggies in your diet and feel good about yourself!

 

By Jackie Alpers

Glaze Them

Simmer baby carrots in 3/4 cup of water. When the water has evaporated, stir in 1 tablespoon of butter and 1 tablespoon of honey. Salt to taste.

Pickle Them

Carrots in escabeche are a staple in Mexican cooking. They don’t require special canning techniques and last in the refrigerator for up to a week. Arrange carrots, sliced red onions, chili peppers, salt and oregano in a jar. Fill the jar with white vinegar, seal and refrigerate overnight.

Juice Them

Juice the carrots, following your juicer's settings. To garnish juice glasses, dampen the rim of each, then swirl it in a saucer of salt mixed with a pinch of crushed dehydrated carrots (see below). Accent with a slitted, small baby carrot.

Freeze Them

For Carrot Lemonade Ice Pops, fill ice-pop molds with shredded or very thinly sliced carrots, add a splash of carrot juice to lemonade, add the liquid to the molds and freeze.

Make Natural Food Coloring

Use naturally set strained carrot juice to tint baked goods and other treats. Here's how: How to Make Homemade Food Coloring.

Arrange Them Into Carrot Flowers

Surround small bowls of colorful dips or spreads with baby carrots (beet hummus is one of our new favorites). Use a leafy celery stalk for the stem.

Dip Them

Kids are more likely to eat food that's presented in an appealing way. Fill cute treat cups with a healthy dip or spread, then poke a few carrots in on top.

Dehydrate Them

Rehydrated carrots can be added to soups or stew recipes, and crushed dehydrated carrots can be used as healthy orange sprinkles on savory dishes. 

How to Dehydrate Carrots

Cut carrots into smaller pieces. Blanch for 2 minutes, then dry in a 175-degree F oven for 4 hours.

Store and Snack

Store dehydrated carrots in an airtight container.

Slow Cook Them for Vegan Cocktail Pups

Toss baby carrots in a slow cooker with your favorite barbecue sauce and cook on low for 4 hours.

Roast Them

Toss carrots with 2 tablespoons cooking oil, then sprinkle with salt, pepper and herbs. Roast in a 400-degree F oven for 25 to 30 minutes or until soft.

Puree Them

Boil or steam the carrots for 10 to 15 minutes or until tender. Drain and transfer to a blender or food processor. Blend until smooth, adding tablespoons of water until you have reached the desired consistency.

Add to Mac & Cheese

Add pureed carrots to savory dishes such as Mac & Cheese for an extra serving of vegetables. Stir in a tablespoon of carrots per serving before baking. 

Shred Them

Use a food processor for longer shreds, or a hand grater to make finely grated carrots.

Make Cupcakes!

Add the shredded carrots to baked goods, such as these mini carrot cupcakes.

Get the Recipe: Mini Carrot Cupcakes