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Do you know that baby carrots are actually peeled and cut up regular size carrots? And it's much cheaper to get good ol' bulk carrots and chop them up in sticks yourself? Plus, they stay fresh longer.

- Submitted by RUNNERSSHOE 3/29/2010 in Saving Money | 17 Comments
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GIANT-STEPS 3/29/2010 2:57:00 PM

    baby carrots are a triumph of marketing. Irregular sized and shaped carrots that are otherwise hard to sell are cut up and sanded down. I've had real baby carrots (tiny carrots) and they were wonderful.

Since so much of the vitamins in vegetables are in the skins you should eat the skins as much as possible. Because of this regular carrots are the healthier choice.
ANGELSHARK 3/29/2010 1:44:00 PM

    I actually find that regular carrots don't last very long in my fridge, but baby carrots last up to two weeks.
BFMONICA 3/29/2010 1:29:00 PM

    I so agree. I wash and cut up organic carrots from the farmers market and put them in a container for the week. They are ready to snack on or put in a salad. emoticon
NICOLELOVESGOD 5/19/2010 11:54:00 AM

    Am I crazy that I like the taste of baby carrots better??? I buy some labeled "sweet petite". I've never liked carrots and I actually eat these!
IVYLIBRA 5/19/2010 9:48:00 AM

    To keep you carrots and other produce fresher try the "green bags" or "green boxes" you've seen advertised on TV. The bags work! Your produce will last quite a bit longer. I've not tried the boxes, but I'm thinking about getting a set of them.
OPAL1973 5/19/2010 8:40:00 AM

    Baby carrots ARE washed, rinsed, coated in a chemical to make them last longer. Fresh regular sized carrots are cheaper and healthier with the skin especially! I love to wash and then shred them in my salad. The more bitter flavor of the skin is less obvious and you get all the health benefits!

Added chemicals are part of the reason we are overweight and have higher incidence of cancer. Once I learned that baby carrots were washed in chemicals, I couldn't eat them anymore. I just can't believe that they are good for you.
SAVANNAHJESSICA 4/25/2010 10:43:00 AM

    We actually know they guy who "invented" baby carrots. It actually isn't a "rip-off" it was a genius move to make sure "bad" carrots didn't go to waste. Kind of like recycling. I posted the story as a "Secret" in the "Everything Else" category titled, "Baby Carrots - How They Came To Be", if anyone is interested. Pretty cool story.
FRENCHTOSD 4/21/2010 12:34:00 AM

    I added an "Other Goal" that tells me to cut up fruits and veggies 3X a week. Even if I just spend 15 minutes, I can get a lot done and stuff doesn't go bad as much. I think the whole carrots have a much better "carrot" taste, and they are way cheaper that the baby carrots.
KATELYNNSORTINO 4/7/2010 12:03:00 PM

    This is so true!! I used to buy baby carrots, but they get so soggy so quickly. Regular carrots are so much cheaper, more versatile, and they stay fresh longer.
LIGIRLBOOBLE 3/29/2010 9:59:00 PM

A whole carrot every morning in the vitamix!
LOPEYP 3/29/2010 9:54:00 PM

    I heard that the baby carrots are "washed" in some chemical and that's why they turn white when exposed to the air. Never had this happen to the big carrots.
not sure if the reason is true or not.
FITMATHGEEK 3/29/2010 8:33:00 PM

    I've been duped! Hoodwinked! Bamboozled!
ARLEENLV 3/29/2010 8:02:00 PM

    I'm lazy too! But then being lazy is what got me here in the 1st place. I vow to buy grown up carrots and chop them up myself from now on!
MR_UNDER_300 3/29/2010 4:47:00 PM

    I didn't know that the baby carrots were fake.
REACHBRENDA_2 3/29/2010 2:35:00 PM

    every little bit helps
RUNNERSSHOE 3/29/2010 2:21:00 PM

    Angelshark -- carrots lose moisture quickly, so put them in a plastic bag and they will keep crisp for longer.
JIBBIE49 3/29/2010 1:57:00 PM

    The reason I buy "baby carrots" is because I'm too lazy to mess with cutting up regular carrots and I leave them in the refrigerator until they aren't good anymore and they get thrown out which is expensive. emoticon So, that is the reason, I'm sure most everyone buys them. So, my baby carrots do get eaten.

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