Shelf Life of
Carrots

How Long Do Carrots Last?

Do carrots go bad?

Do Carrots Go Bad?

How long do carrots last? The shelf life of carrots, like most other fresh vegetables may not have a sell by date, use by date, or best before date so you have to go with purchase date. The exception is the tiny baby carrot packages that should have a best by date.

Because of their relatively low cost, long shelf life (many people even ask do carrots go bad?) and concentration of vitamins – they are a great snack and an easy addition to many foods.

So, how long do carrots last? When properly stored, the shelf life of carrots past their best before date is approximately…

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Fresh Carrots (Whole) last for 4-5 Weeks
Baby Carrots last for 3-4 Weeks
Cooked Carrots last for 1 Week





Of course, like any food, they last for a shorter period of time if they are not stored properly.

How to tell if carrots are bad, rotten or spoiled?

Large whole carrots generally last longer because they have their protective skin (which also holds most of the nutrients). Thus, the baby carrots with skins removed will spoil first, especially if there is moisture within the bag.

You can usually tell by looking and then by feeling if your carrots have gone bad. Some common traits of carrots going bad are tiny white dots (called “white blush”) on the surface, this is caused by dehydration on the cut surface of the carrots. White blush means that they are drying out, but are still OK to eat and should be eaten in the very near future.

When carrots have gone bad, they become mushy and slimy and should not be eaten.

Practicing proper hygiene and food safety discipline will help prevent food borne illness. There are, of course, certain health risks associated with spoiled food, so always remember to practice food safety and enjoy all your foods prior to their eat by dates.

How to store carrots to extend their shelf life?

Proper food storage is the key to extending the expiration date of carrots. To extend the shelf life of carrots it is best to store them whole and un-peeled in a plastic bag in the fridge. Baby ones are also best in a plastic bag in a refrigerator drawer.

For a longer term option, carrots may be frozen for 6-8 months, but they should be blanched first and placed in a freezer safe container.

Some benefits of proper food storage include eating healthier, cutting food costs and helping the environment by avoiding waste.

What to do if you have too many carrots about to go bad?

  • Freeze them to extend their shelf life but they should be blanched first:
    Make a pot of boiling water and then submerge the rinsed carrots for 2-3 minutes. Place them in a strainer and rinse a minute with cold water then allow to dry a few minutes (or blot with towel) and then place them into a freezer safe container.
  • To find out how to steam this and other fresh vegetables, check our post on how to steam vegetables.
  • Make glazed carrots: Melt a tablespoon of butter over extremely low heat and then add the washed and cut carrots. Cover and leave for about 20 minutes, gently shaking the pan around every 5-10 minutes so as not to burn the bottom. You’ll never know they were about to go bad, as they taste like candy! (well… sort of).

  • How long are carrots good for when prepared in a dish?

    How long do carrots last? That depends. How long do bakery products last? In general, all foods last only as long as the quickest expiring ingredient in the recipe. To find out how long those other ingredients are good for, please visit the Dairy, Drinks, Fruits, Grains, Proteins, Vegetables and Other sections of Eat By Date or search below!

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    What are our shelf life resources?

    Our content incorporates research from multiple resources, including the United States Department of Agriculture and the United States Food & Drug Administration. In addition, we scoured the web for informative articles and reports related to food safety, food storage and the shelf life of carrots.

    *An important note about expiration dates …

    Although the information on Eat By Date is generally reliable, please remember that individual cases will vary and our advice should only be taken as an opinion and not replace the advice of your health care provider. Please eat responsibly!
    Hopefully we’re answered the questions of how long do carrots last and do carrots go bad.