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It's been a long time since this previous post. But I got such a kick out of it I decided to try the washing machine method of cleaning carrots since we buy a big bag of Costco organic carrots at a time for juicing. Well, with a small exception it worked like a charm. I'll tell you at least one way NOT to do it. We have a front loading machine and I set it for the delicate cycle. That results in more soak time with only short periods of agitation after filling with water. I put a little dish washing liquid in the soap dish just to wash a bit -- like, just a one second squirt of Kirkland (Costco) dish washing brand . Well... that turned out to be LOT in terms of what I had in mind and it took me three drain and refills before I got the suds out, even using some fabric softener to cut the suds (there's a tip for clothes washing in case you didn't know: a little fabric softener will annihilate an over suds condition like magic!). We have a water softener because of AZ really hard water (986ppm) and I figured I'd attempt to duplicate the suds amount like what we get with clothes detergent -- very little. Well that was a real boo boo. Dish washing liquid is a LOT more sudsy than clothes detergent it turns out. Probably everyone in the world knew that but me. Oh well... OK, so now we've all learned one way NOT to do it. After getting the suds out I took the carrots out of the washer and rinsed them thoroughly in the sink to get all the fabric softener off. Well, they're clean all right! OK, the second attempt I dumped a whole 10 lb bag in there again on the delicate cycle and put only two drops of dish washing liquid in the bin. Much better! Just a hint of suds. 18 effortless minutes later I had clean carrots. One time consuming job gone!
My daughter just harvested our carrots from the garden this weekend (11/6/13). We had a nice warm day in upper upstate NY on Saturday. (Our garden did not do too well this year, so she thought her onions/carrots/beets were a loss...but to her surprise they did quite well!). She put them in the wheelbarrow and left them until Monday. I thought I would help her wash them up, so soaked them in the sink for about 15 minutes and started with the vegetable brush. Well got through about 15 carrots and had to go to work. Took the remaining dirty carrots out of the sink, tossed them into my big Tupperware bowl (no water) and left them on the counter until Weds. Now I am back to cleaning carrots (no work today, so figured I could clean all day long). Soaked them in the sink again while I was reading about the washing machine technique. (Loved that idea, might try that on the next batch still in the wheelbarrow) Went back to the sink and WOW they are scrubbing up a lot easier than two days ago! Hope this helps someone!!
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