I'd really love to hear if any of you have good luck storing carrots. We've failed every time we've tried. Next year, I'm counting on my future pressure canner to give me another option. I've read that you can just leave the carrots in the ground over winter (mulching thickly) and dig them up as you need them. I take issue with this method.
1) I don't want to have to bundle up, head out in the cold, wield a shovel, and wash off muddy carrots each time I need a few for supper. I'm a bit lazy.
2) I'm not good at wielding a shovel and would be even less good at it if the ground is almost frozen. I'm a weakling.
3) I don't think that most of our carrots would last that long. Many of them are perfect (without worm holes or blemishes), but a lot of them aren't, so I imagine that much of what we'd dig up wouldn't be very good any way come January or February. I'm no dummy.
tomato sauce, we like to eat them raw and we like carrot soup. This past weekend, Jamey dug up most of our remaining carrots for me and I sat outside with the muddy lot of them peeling and cutting out the bad spots while trying not to get grossed out by the worms and grubs and their combined poop. Then I washed them well and made enough soup to freeze some for later use this fall and winter.
It took a good part of my afternoon but was way better than wielding a shovel in the dead of winter.