The benefits of carrots are known to everyone. It is not only rich in vitamins A and E, but also contains plant fibers that normalize digestion. Fiber promotes quick satiety, suppresses hunger, while 100 grams of a vegetable contains only 33 kcal.
Therefore, it is included in many weight loss diets. Juice from carrots removes toxins and toxins from the body, participates in metabolism. It is used in the preparation of many salads, as a side dish for meat and fish dishes. But it does not grow all year round.
It is harvested in the fall. In order for this vegetable to be present on the table all year round, you must be able to save it until the next harvest.
Before sending carrots for storage, they are sorted out, cleaned of dirt, sorted by size. Large root vegetables are stored separately from small ones. It is better to discard vegetables infected with rot right away.
Sluggish and damaged carrots are not stored for storage. It can be grated, used immediately for cooking or packaged in sachets and stored in the freezer.
Before lowering the vegetables into the basement, the tops are cut off on them, large earthy clods are removed. Do not wash under any circumstances.
Before being lowered into the cellar, the carrots are dried by spreading them in the shade of trees or buildings. Do not dry in the sun.
The best storage place is a cellar or basement, where it is constantly cool, but not freezing temperatures.
The storage room is freed from last year's harvest, cleaned of dirt, disinfected, and well ventilated. In order to avoid moisture, the storage must be equipped with ventilation.
You can store the root vegetable in a large enamel pot. Stack vegetables upright. The top layer is covered with a thick cotton cloth and covered with a lid. Such a container will ensure safety until February-March.
It is convenient to store the root crop in plastic or canvas bags. The contents of the bags are poured with fresh sawdust and, without tying, left in a dark place. Sprinkle onion peel on top for disinfection.
A convenient way of storage is to put carrots in boxes with coarse river sand, which prevents the carrots from drying out. First, the box is covered with a five centimeter layer of wet sand. Root crops are laid on it in layers. There should be no contact between them. All layers are separated by sand. If there are no boxes on the farm, aluminum buckets can be used instead.
Sphagnum moss prevents moisture from evaporating from vegetables. It is laid on the bottom of plastic boxes, then layers of root crops are laid over it. They are not covered from above.
Carrots are stored longest if they are dipped in clay diluted with water. After the talker dries up, it is reapplied. Spread out in boxes or on shelves after drying.
Protection of crops from spores of fungi, mold, bacteria
It is convenient to store carrots in boxes, sprinkling each layer with needles from coniferous trees. They will protect the crop from mold and bacteria.
From spores of fungi and harmful bacteria, a good protection for the crop will be its sprinkling with husks from onions, garlic, fresh sawdust of needles. You don't have to worry about the smell. It leaves with the water during washing.
If done correctly, the carrots will sit in the basement until the next harvest.