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what to make with canned carrots
« on: January 22, 2018, 10:53:40 PM »

I'm slowly cleaning out the freezer and the pantry.  (we had a wonderful pot-roast this weekend from a beef chuck roast that'd been in the freezer since beef was cheap)  I found two (15 oz) cans of sliced carrots, about 5 years old.  I'm not sure that I've ever eaten canned carrots; I assume they are mushy.  What's the best way to fix them?

Drain and maybe rinse, then...  serve in a cream sauce?  Mash them with potatoes for a side dish?  Some kind of carrot soup with chicken stock and lots of cayenne pepper?  Blend them up into a bizarre carrot cake? 

I could just throw them out or feed them to the dog, but what's the challenge in that?
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Re: what to make with canned carrots
« Reply #1 on: January 22, 2018, 11:46:19 PM »

Do up a kabob. Slide all the slices, biggest first, onto a skewer and once that's done put a nice piece of greenery at the bigger end. Some kind of herb, or a bit of lettuce and serve! 
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Re: what to make with canned carrots
« Reply #2 on: January 22, 2018, 11:48:26 PM »

Do up a kabob. Slide all the slices, biggest first, onto a skewer and once that's done put a nice piece of greenery at the bigger end. Some kind of herb, or a bit of lettuce and serve! 

You mean reassemble them into a carrot?   ;/
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Re: what to make with canned carrots
« Reply #3 on: January 23, 2018, 06:12:18 AM »

5 years old?

You throw them out, run them down the disposal, or put them in the compost heap.

5 years is about the absolute maximum for low-acid canned goods like carrots. It's even shorter for acidic canned goods.

If you're really intent on using them, and they taste OK, about the only use I've ever found for canned carrots is pureeing them and either adding to soup, or making a spiced carrot soup.
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Re: what to make with canned carrots
« Reply #4 on: January 23, 2018, 09:04:30 AM »

Carrot cake/bread or puree & use them to sweeten tomato sauces.
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Re: what to make with canned carrots
« Reply #5 on: January 23, 2018, 09:06:39 AM »

I'd think that canned carrots would be far too mushy to use in carrot cake.
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Re: what to make with canned carrots
« Reply #6 on: January 23, 2018, 10:44:40 AM »

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Re: what to make with canned carrots
« Reply #7 on: January 23, 2018, 10:47:04 AM »

Pantry veggie soup. Can of carrots, can of corn, can of green beans, can of potatoes, can of chikkin or even diced up ham. Seasonings of choice (Emiril's Essence for spicy, Italian for, well, Italian, etc..) Everything into a stew pot along with two cups of elbow mac, a couple of chikkin bullion cubes, and a block of cream cheese cut into thin (1/4" or so) slices. Bring to a boil, stirring occasionally, and leave for 10-12 min or until mac is done to taste. Turn off heat, let cool, and enjoy with crackers or a hearty bread.

Also, chikkin pot pour. Yes pour. Not pie. Pour. Can of Cream of Chikkin soup, can of corn, can of carrots, can of diced potato. Prepare soup with half the water needed. Dump in drained corn, carrots, and potato, add spices of choice (a little thyme is nice). Add a couple dollops of sour cream or plain yogurt if you like a bit of body. Let heat through, stirring to combine. Spoon over toast.

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Re: what to make with canned carrots
« Reply #8 on: January 23, 2018, 04:25:09 PM »

I'd think that canned carrots would be far too mushy to use in carrot cake.

Would be moist
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Re: what to make with canned carrots
« Reply #9 on: January 24, 2018, 06:43:10 AM »

Would be moist

Definitely moist, but the carrots wouldn't maintain/give the texture that makes carrot cake so famous.
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Re: what to make with canned carrots
« Reply #10 on: January 24, 2018, 10:00:35 AM »

Definitely moist, but the carrots wouldn't maintain/give the texture that makes carrot cake so famous.

True, be interesting to try it.
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Re: what to make with canned carrots
« Reply #11 on: January 24, 2018, 11:25:13 AM »

Enough butter and you won't care about the texture.

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Re: what to make with canned carrots
« Reply #12 on: January 24, 2018, 11:32:24 AM »

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Re: what to make with canned carrots
« Reply #13 on: January 24, 2018, 02:01:37 PM »

I opened a can last night and they were a lot firmer than I expected and still tasted like carrots.  I boiled a couple of potatoes, and added the drained carrots and some garlic powder, and mashed it all up.  It wasn't bad.  I had that and a Chinese sausage link (boiled the sausage in with the potatoes) for supper.

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I think canned carrots would work okay in a carrot cake.  You'd want to puree them.  And if the recipe had any milk, probably reduce it a bit.
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Re: what to make with canned carrots
« Reply #14 on: January 24, 2018, 02:09:00 PM »

Chinese sausage link .

What is this?  Like meatballs used in Pho?
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Re: what to make with canned carrots
« Reply #15 on: January 24, 2018, 02:43:20 PM »

What is this?  Like meatballs used in Pho?

They are kinda dry and sweet, and very salty. (not unlike bacon)  The unopened packages do not need refrigeration.  They look fully-cooked like Slim Jims, but they're not.  I'm not sure if they can safely be eaten raw like pepperoni.

I generally thinly slice them in fried rice.

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Re: what to make with canned carrots
« Reply #16 on: January 24, 2018, 02:51:37 PM »

They are kinda dry and sweet, and very salty. (not unlike bacon)  The unopened packages do not need refrigeration.  They look fully-cooked like Slim Jims, but they're not.  I'm not sure if they can safely be eaten raw like pepperoni.

I generally thinly slice them in fried rice.

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Thanks! I'll have to check the local Asian food store and look for them. Might be something good on a multiday canoe trip as something different to summer sausage or bagged chicken/tuna. Can't have cans or glass when we canoe pack.
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Re: what to make with canned carrots
« Reply #17 on: January 24, 2018, 03:30:09 PM »

They are kinda dry and sweet, and very salty. (not unlike bacon)  The unopened packages do not need refrigeration.  They look fully-cooked like Slim Jims, but they're not.  I'm not sure if they can safely be eaten raw like pepperoni.

I generally thinly slice them in fried rice.



I've been doing fried rice a lot lately. That would be a very nice addition. I'll have to try that next time.
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Re: what to make with canned carrots
« Reply #18 on: January 24, 2018, 03:34:13 PM »

I've only used them a couple of times and haven't got it all worked out yet, but I slice them and put them in the wok first with a little water.  Boil them dry, add a little more oil if necessary, then add the chopped scallions and cold leftover rice, etc.
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Re: what to make with canned carrots
« Reply #19 on: January 24, 2018, 09:26:32 PM »

That is surprising to hear that the carrots were still firm after all that time. But good to know. Chinese sausage is a big component of a lot of Filipino cooking. When I worked at Navy Federal a lot of Filipinos work there and some of the food that they brought in was simply outrageous. Many of the dishes had Chinese sausage in them.

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