How to Can Carrots
Do you love carrots as much as we do? Canning carrots is not terribly difficult and so rewarding when you can dump a can of them into the dish you are making or serve them up with a little butter, maple syrup or honey and enjoy. See below how you can can them easily from your garden or the local market.
You can can carrots in chunks for sticks. I’ve found that the sticks get stuck in the regular size jars (we use wide mouth). You can use a mandolin to cut the carrots or a nice sharp knife. You pick what works for you.
We’ve created a quick video to help you can carrots.
make these carrot raisin muffins
clean washed and peeled carrots
Boil the jar lids to sterilize (until the water boils).
Peel the carrots.
Cube, slice or leave the carrots whole (as long as they will fit in the jar!)
Fill the jars with carrots below the neck of the jar.
Fill the jar with hot water up to the neck of the jar, leaving a 1 inch space between the water and lid.
Place the lid and ring/band on the jar and tighten.
Place the jars in the pressure cooker (about 10 pints fit in my pressure cooker you can double stack if you have a second rack, making it 20 pints in a tall canner that you can can at one time)
Ensure to put the pressure regulator on the pressure cooker to allow pressure to build.
Let pressure build to 10 pounds.
Once pressure is at 10 pounds, set a timer and allow to maintain this pressure for 35-40 minutes (we did 35 minutes).
Turn off the heat.
Wait for the pressure to go to zero.
Remove the jars and place on the counter to cool.
I pressure canned my garden carrots and they turned yellow. Is that ok?
Were they yellow carrots to start with? I am not an expert on why they would have turned yellow if they were orange. I’m guessing, but it sounds like the color drained from them during the process. How do they taste?
I have always wanted to try canning. You have inspired me to try.
I hope you enjoy it Heidi! It can be fun!
Melissa S says
I am going to bookmark this, I have always frozen carrots because I didn’t think home canned carrots would taste good until a friend gave me a jar. They were really very good.
THey are really good for sure Melissa. Happy Canning!
Lana Bradstream says
I want to learn how to do this!
Lana, it’s pretty easy if you can believe it!
Terri Herman says
I grew up with a grandmother and mother who canned every summer but I have never seen them can carrots! What a great idea! Should have thought of that since they would can their own veggie soup which had carrots in it! Thanks!
It’s super simple to do Terri. I hope this inspires you to try it!
betty wojnar says
I love canned carrots they are the best tasting carrots.
I would agree Betty. They are very fresh tasting.
Lisa R says
I think next summer I will have a full garden and I want to start canning tomaotes especially to make sauce, my daughter loved it but i only had one plant and not enough to can
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If you find a good sauce recipe, please share it. I havent’ found one I like. I made a small batch to test before canning a lot.
Amanda Tempel says
I have never canned anything, but I’ve always wanted to – I agree that it sounds fun 😀
I hope you are inspired to try something new and can!
Susan Bewley says
Isn’t this fun! I have never tried canning but would love to learn!
Jennifer Williams says
You brought back childhood memories of my mother canning our garden veggies. We used to get to help, thank you, great post.
we love these 🙂 the mexican restaurant that we also go have something like this and they are yummy
Linda Kinsman says
Yum! Your canned carrots look so good, I wish I was your neighbor so I could drop a friendly hint about sharing!
I would definitely give you a jar if you were in the the area. Put some in a roast tonight too. Doesn’t get fresher than that!
We love canning! You can save so much money, and it is much healthier than traditional “canned” goods.
You definitely can save money and know exactly what is in your foods when you can them yourself.
Suzi Satterfield (@MotherhoodLooms) says
That is so awesome! It makes me want to attempt canning, myself. 🙂
It is really easy Suzi, just need some time and patience.