Autumn is harvest time. But just harvesting is not enough, you still need to be able to correctly preserve it, because under improper storage conditions, carrots will quickly lose their excellent qualities - color and aroma, become dry and tasteless.
The easiest and most convenient way to store carrots is to put the vegetable in bags. Next, we will talk about the beneficial properties of the root crop.
Recommendations that will help keep your stocks longer: how to prepare a vegetable for storage, how to prevent it from rotting, how to properly put it in sugar bags. As well as possible difficulties that may arise during the storage process.
Useful properties of the plant
Carrots are herbaceous biennials from the celery family. In the first year of life, edible roots are formed. In the second year, seeds appear. This is a very tasty and healthy vegetable loved by all gardeners. Its roots are high in vitamin A. Carrots can be beneficial for a variety of ailments:
- with anemia;
- with bronchitis and asthma;
- with cardiovascular diseases;
- when healing wounds;
- with weakening of vision.
This vegetable acts on the body as an antiseptic, demineralizing, anthelmintic, analgesic, choleretic, expectorant, anti-sclerotic agent. It also has a stimulating effect on the work of the gland of the gastrointestinal tract.
Reference. Whole carrot juice as a prophylactic agent helps with severe fatigue, loss of appetite, removes the toxic effects of antibiotics, helps fight colds, improves skin color and structure.
Rules to help preserve the harvest
Carrots can be stored for quite a long time, but before laying them for winter storage, a number of simple rules must be followed:
- Carrots should be firm and healthy with no damage, rot or mold, as even one spoiled root vegetable during storage can infect all other vegetables.
- If the harvest was carried out in wet weather, then the carrots must be dried a little before laying, this will prevent mold from forming.
- Do not overstay with the laying of root crops. From the moment the crop is harvested to the time it is placed for storage, no more than a day should pass.
Can decay be prevented?
Practice has shown that carrots can be stored in sugar bags. But it should be remembered that vegetables emit a small amount of carbon dioxide during storage. If the bags are closed completely deaf and placed side by side in close proximity, carbon dioxide will start the process of decay and this will ruin all the vegetables.
It is very easy to store root vegetables in sugar bags. You just need to make a few small holes so that the carbon dioxide escapes, or put the bags in an upright position and do not tie them tightly. Also for better preservation, vegetables can be sprinkled with moisture-absorbing materials:
- wood ash.
- Simple and convenient method.
- Compared to other storage methods, fewer sprouted root crops are formed.
- Vegetable bags require periodic airing to allow the carrots to dry out and accumulate moisture, leading to rotting.
- Root crops in bags are in very close proximity, which contributes to the formation of rot and its rapid spread.
How are vegetables prepared for winter storage in the basement?
What you need to have:
- Well ventilated and dry place to dry root vegetables. It is best to do this outdoors outdoors, but out of direct sunlight.
- Bags for storing vegetables.
- If many root crops have damaged areas, a saturated solution of potassium permanganate is needed for disinfection.
Important! Carrots for the bookmark must be sufficiently ripe. Unripe fruits will be poorly stored, they will have an unpleasant taste and are too hard. Overripe carrots have too much sugar to attract pests.
- Pull the tubers out of the ground with great care. Or, dig them out, being careful not to touch the roots.
- If the weather is dry, then it is easy enough to shake the tuber so that excess earth falls off from it. If the tubers are wet and very dirty, then rinse the carrots with warm water.
- Cut off the tops. First, cut it 2 cm from the tuber. Then cut off the top of the carrots and tops by another 1.5-2 cm.
- Dry the vegetables by spreading them out in a single layer in a drying area.
- Treat tubers with rot or other damage with a saturated solution of dark purple manganese.
Detailed instructions for laying root crops in granulated sugar packaging
To store carrot root vegetables in sugar bags in your basement, follow these instructions:
- Take clean granulated sugar bags with a capacity of 5 to 30 kg.
- Fill them about 2/3 full with clean, dried carrots.
- Do not tie tightly, there should be air for ventilation.
- Place the fruit bags upright, not very close to each other.
- Place the crop for the winter in a basement or cellar (read about storing carrots in the cellar here).
- If there is high humidity in the basement, then the roots can be sprinkled with finely grated chalk first, since it absorbs moisture well and will not allow the decay process to begin.
- Check the contents of the bags periodically for condensation. If it appears, completely untie the container before it dries, after which the bags are loosely tied again.
- When the vegetable is in the basement, the shelf life is about 6 months.
We suggest that you familiarize yourself with other proven methods of storing carrots - in moss and in sand.
During storage, the following problems may occur:
- Mechanical damage to the bottom layer of root crops in the bag by the top layer.
- The accumulation of condensation at the bottom of the bag and, as a result, rotting of the bottom layer of carrots.
- Rapid spread of decay within one bag.
Recommendation. To avoid these troubles, several additional holes can be made in the bags through which excess moisture will evaporate.
Also, many experienced gardeners sprinkle carrots with wood ash or sawdust to disinfect and prevent the spread of rot, if a damaged root crop suddenly appears in the bag through an oversight.
Carrots can be harvested for the winter by keeping them fresh, juicy and tasty. And the most simple, and an affordable storage method is to place root vegetables in sugar bags in the basement... It is effortless and very effective. And you will always have a tasty and healthy vegetable on hand at any time of the year.