8 ways to use limp or crooked carrots

8 ways to use limp or crooked carrots

Chances are if you open any fridge in New Zealand, you’re likely to find a carrot (or ten) inside it.

Carrots are a versatile vegetable – they can be eaten cooked or raw, whole or chopped, in a soup or a salad. They’re the perfect no-prep snack, and rumour has it, they can help you see in the dark.

In fact, we love this humble vegetable so much that we have honoured it with a giant statue.

Ohakune carrot

The giant carrot statue in Ohakune, New Zealand. Image: The Travelling Pooh/Flickr

Even though we seem to really love our carrots, Kiwis throw away 2,340 tonnes of carrots and 1,727 tonnes of carrot peels every year.

Why? They’re cheap and often sold in large bags so we buy more than we need, meaning that some can sit in our fridges for ages until they go limp or black.

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If your carrots have gone slimy or black the only thing they should be feeding is your compost bin, not your family. But if your carrot has gone limp, it can easily be revived by soaking it in water.  Research by the University of Otago found that carrots will last 10 times longer if you store them in the fridge in an airtight container with a paper towel on the bottom.

Here’s some carrot recipes great for using up any limp or crooked carrots you might have.

Carrot and Miso Dip

Carrot and miso dip

If your carrots have gone limp, why not turn them into a dip. Try this carrot and miso dip for something a bit different. If you like Mexican flavours, make this Mexican carrot dip.

Carrot Cake

Carrot cake

You probably already have a favourite recipe for carrot cake, but have you ever made one with cooked carrots? This carrot cake recipe uses cooked carrots, so is perfect for when you have leftovers.

Carrot Cake Cookies

Carrot Cake Cookies

You may have had carrot cake, but have you had carrot cake cookies? Use your limp carrots to make these chewy treats.

Carrot and Apple Salad

Carrot and apple salad

Carrot salads are a staple in many New Zealand homes. We love this crunchy carrot and apple salad by Sophie Gray which is a cheap way to bulk out a meal, especially with apples coming back into season.

Pickled Carrots

Pickled carrots small

Don’t have time to cook? These pickled carrots are super quick to whip up when you need to add some zing to a meal.

Hidden Veggie Mac and Cheese

Struggling to get the kids to eat their vegetables? Carrots are the perfect vegetable to sneak into their meals, like in this hidden veggie macaroni cheese.

Golden Shepherd’s Pie


Next time you’re mashing veges, sneak a few carrots in there, like we did in this golden shepherd’s pie.

Carrot, red lentil and coconut soup

red lentil carrot and coconut soup


When the weather turns cold, chuck some carrots into the slow cooker  to make this spicy soup.

Handy Hint: If you can’t get through a bag of carrots fast enough, then freeze them. It’s best to cut your carrots to size and then blanch them before popping them in the freezer.