You have heard me ramble on before about how I do not really like baby carrots. And I don't - they taste funny and they are wet. And they appear to last way too long in the refrigerator. Basically, they creep me out.
But alas, they are a cheap, convenient snack and I often resort to them with the basic idea of 'If I'm not hungry enough to eat baby carrots, I am not that hungry.'
So this week, I am eating baby carrots and I am miserable. I want celery, peppers, apples, pears, grapes, clementines. But baby carrots it is - my budget allows me pretty much one 'snack' fruit or veggie a week.
I decided, out of sheer boredom, to figure out exactly what a baby carrot is, why it is slimy and why they seem to last forever. Now, I am not going to give you a bunch of links (okay, well, here is one) - I literally typed the questions into my google search bar and read the first few relevant web pages that came up...this is not a scientific research page people...just a blog by a chick that doesn't like baby carrots but eats them anyway.
Here's what I found out:
What are baby carrots? Baby carrots are made from big carrots that look too funny to sell in the grocery store, so they make them into baby carrots...or, as I found out, 'baby-cut carrots.' No shocker there - onto the more intriguing stuff.
Why the heck are my carrots always wet and slimy? Okay, this surprised me a little. This is because the manufacturers add water to the bags of baby-cut carrots because...wait for it...people actually prefer their carrots wet. Okay - eeww. And if I am offending the wet carrot lovers of the world, sorry. But really, eewww.
And finally, why do they never go bad? Now, I clearly prefer big, normal carrots but I find that they go rubbery pretty quick. So what is the deal with baby-cut carrots? Why do they last so long? Okay, this took me a little longer to find the answer to and it has me a little skeeved. The carrots are rinsed in a bleach solution to preserve them. Bleach. Okay...so apparently this is perfectly fine and harmless and whatnot. But...
I think I am officially over bad tasting, slimy, wet bleach carrots forever (as soon as I finish my current bag).