how to preserve carrots

If you are growing your own food at home you are more than likley growing carrots. They are one of those iconic crops that everyone tries to grow, some with more success than others.

Carrots can be very seasonal crops, depending on where you are in the world. They are also a crop that can provide a large quantity of food in one go, rather than staggered harvestst, like a tomato.

Learning how to preserve carrots is a great way to extend your harvest beyond just the growing season. It also provides the opportunity for carrots to be eaten in different ways and in different dishes to diversity your sustainable living recipes and taste buds.

Steps on how to preserve carrots


NOTE: Before you get started make sure you have:

  • The required number of canning jars and airtight lids
  • Sterilised the jars and lids

Step 1: Cut all your carrots to a height that would fit inside your preserving or pickling jar.

Step 2: Over medium heat, add together the vinegar, water, salt and sugar into a pot and allow to simmer until all the ingredients have dissolved.

Step 3: Stuff your sterilised picking jars with the cut-to-size carrots. Pack them as tightly as possible so there is no space left. 

Step 4: Add your hot brine into the stuffed preserving jars until full. Make sure that all the carrots are covered with at least 1cm of brine.

Step 5: Close the jar with your sterilised canning lid and close tightly (but not overly tight). Store at room temperature and store out of direct light for as long as required.



To make a 1L jar of pickled or preserved carrots you will need the below ingredients. To make sure the ratios are correct, make sure you pack the carrots in tightly and get fill up every open space.

– 2/3 cup white vinegar or apple cider vinegar

– 2/3 cup water

– 1/2 teaspoon salt

– 1 tablespoon sugar

– You will also need picking jars with airtight lids


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