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    Theron Guest

    Default Do you need to peel carrots?

    More about carrots. If you're making a stew or braised dish, do you need to
    peel the carrots? Why can't you just scrub them thoroughly. I think there's
    more flavor in the skin, and most likely there's more vitamin and nutrient
    content near the surface.
    Any thoughts?
    Does anyone do this?

    Ed






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    Ophelia Guest

    Default Re: Do you need to peel carrots?

    Theron wrote:
    > More about carrots. If you're making a stew or braised dish, do you
    > need to peel the carrots? Why can't you just scrub them thoroughly. I
    > think there's more flavor in the skin, and most likely there's more
    > vitamin and nutrient content near the surface.
    > Any thoughts?
    > Does anyone do this?


    I certainly do! I don't peel carrots or potatoes



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    Ed Pawlowski Guest

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    "Theron" <[email protected]> wrote in message
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    > More about carrots. If you're making a stew or braised dish, do you need
    > to peel the carrots? Why can't you just scrub them thoroughly. I think
    > there's more flavor in the skin, and most likely there's more vitamin and
    > nutrient content near the surface.
    > Any thoughts?
    > Does anyone do this?
    >
    > Ed


    Most times, that is all that is needed. Older carrots sometimes get icky
    looking skin though.

    I forget which is which, but cooked versus raw changes the balance between
    more vitamin C vs. more vitamin A



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    Serene Vannoy Guest

    Default Re: Do you need to peel carrots?

    Theron wrote:
    > More about carrots. If you're making a stew or braised dish, do you need to
    > peel the carrots? Why can't you just scrub them thoroughly. I think there's
    > more flavor in the skin, and most likely there's more vitamin and nutrient
    > content near the surface.


    There are more vitamins in the skin, but there are also more toxins, so
    it's a wash, usually. Peel or don't peel, depending on whether you like
    the texture.

    Serene


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    brooklyn1 Guest

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    "Theron" <[email protected]> wrote in message
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    > More about carrots. If you're making a stew or braised dish, do you need
    > to peel the carrots? Why can't you just scrub them thoroughly. I think
    > there's more flavor in the skin, and most likely there's more vitamin and
    > nutrient content near the surface.
    > Any thoughts?
    > Does anyone do this?
    >
    > Ed
    >


    In long cooking dishes much of the vitamins in carrots are lost from the
    heat. Even uncooked carrot skin is bitter, and with skin scrubbed off
    carrots look hairy and are unpleasant to eat... pared with a good peeler
    very little carrot is lost. I don't peel carrots for the deer but I don't
    much care for carrot skin.



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    brooklyn1 Guest

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    "Ophelia" wrote in message ...
    > Theron wrote:
    >> More about carrots. If you're making a stew or braised dish, do you
    >> need to peel the carrots? Why can't you just scrub them thoroughly. I
    >> think there's more flavor in the skin, and most likely there's more
    >> vitamin and nutrient content near the surface.
    >> Any thoughts?
    >> Does anyone do this?

    >
    > I certainly do! I don't peel carrots or potatoes
    >

    He didn't mean because you're lazy.



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    notbob Guest

    Default Re: Do you need to peel carrots?

    On 2009-05-09, Theron <[email protected]> wrote:
    > More about carrots. If you're making a stew or braised dish, do you need to
    > peel the carrots? Why can't you just scrub them thoroughly. I think there's
    > more flavor in the skin, and most likely there's more vitamin and nutrient
    > content near the surface.
    > Any thoughts?
    > Does anyone do this?


    An interesting question, Theron. I, for one, think the skin just a tad too
    bitter to include in dishes, so always thoroughly peel them. I can
    understand how some folks might appreciate this slightly bitter factor, but
    I like my carrots as sweet as I can get 'em. As for the vits/nuts, I get
    all I need from beer.

    nb

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    sf Guest

    Default Re: Do you need to peel carrots?

    On Sat, 9 May 2009 10:26:19 -0700, "Theron" <[email protected]>
    wrote:

    >More about carrots. If you're making a stew or braised dish, do you need to
    >peel the carrots? Why can't you just scrub them thoroughly. I think there's
    >more flavor in the skin, and most likely there's more vitamin and nutrient
    >content near the surface.
    >Any thoughts?
    >Does anyone do this?
    >
    >Ed


    I prefer to take the skin off with the back of my knife. I've found
    too often that carrot skins are bitter and add nothing to flavor.


    --
    I love cooking with wine.
    Sometimes I even put it in the food.

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    Ophelia Guest

    Default Re: Do you need to peel carrots?

    sf wrote:
    > On Sat, 9 May 2009 10:26:19 -0700, "Theron" <[email protected]>
    > wrote:
    >
    >> More about carrots. If you're making a stew or braised dish, do you
    >> need to peel the carrots? Why can't you just scrub them thoroughly.
    >> I think there's more flavor in the skin, and most likely there's
    >> more vitamin and nutrient content near the surface.
    >> Any thoughts?
    >> Does anyone do this?
    >>
    >> Ed

    >
    > I prefer to take the skin off with the back of my knife. I've found
    > too often that carrot skins are bitter and add nothing to flavor.


    When I was a child, we used to scrape carrots, but the ones we buy now are
    young and sweet.



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    jmcquown Guest

    Default Re: Do you need to peel carrots?

    "Theron" <[email protected]> wrote in message
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    > More about carrots. If you're making a stew or braised dish, do you need
    > to peel the carrots? Why can't you just scrub them thoroughly. I think
    > there's more flavor in the skin, and most likely there's more vitamin and
    > nutrient content near the surface.
    > Any thoughts?
    > Does anyone do this?
    >
    > Ed
    >


    There's no need to peel carrots any more than there is need to peel
    potatoes. It's a preference thing. My mother always peeled potatoes so for
    years I did, too. Then I realized I could simply scrub them. However,
    sometimes you have to ask what other people do just for fun

    Jill


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    l, not -l Guest

    Default Re: Do you need to peel carrots?


    On 9-May-2009, "Theron" <[email protected]> wrote:

    > More about carrots. If you're making a stew or braised dish, do you need
    > to
    > peel the carrots? Why can't you just scrub them thoroughly. I think
    > there's
    > more flavor in the skin, and most likely there's more vitamin and nutrient
    >
    > content near the surface.
    > Any thoughts?
    > Does anyone do this?
    >
    > Ed


    I never peel carrots, no matter how I plan to use them. Just scrub them
    clean; why waste carrot, nutrients or effort; its not like they are
    especially ugly or too tough.
    --
    Change Cujo to Juno in email address.

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    "Theron" <[email protected]> wrote in message
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    > More about carrots. If you're making a stew or braised dish, do you need
    > to peel the carrots? Why can't you just scrub them thoroughly. I think
    > there's more flavor in the skin, and most likely there's more vitamin and
    > nutrient content near the surface.
    > Any thoughts?
    > Does anyone do this?



    I've never peeled a carrot in my life. I never will either.

    TFM®


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    brooklyn1 Guest

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    "jmcquown" <[email protected]> wrote in message
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    > "Theron" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    > news:gu4ec1$u2i$[email protected]..
    >> More about carrots. If you're making a stew or braised dish, do you need
    >> to peel the carrots? Why can't you just scrub them thoroughly. I think
    >> there's more flavor in the skin, and most likely there's more vitamin and
    >> nutrient content near the surface.
    >> Any thoughts?
    >> Does anyone do this?
    >>
    >> Ed
    >>

    >
    > There's no need to peel carrots any more than there is need to peel
    > potatoes.


    That's not true... they're very different vegetables. Most people enjoy
    eating baked potato skins, many think the crisp skins are the best part,
    they even stuff them. Potato skin contains the majority of the vegetable's
    minerals (minerals neither evaporate or become damaged from heat), and a
    goodly portion of fiber, so they're nutritious in boiled potatoes too... in
    fact years ago folks ate the potato skins rather than filling up on the less
    nutritious starchy insides but fed the insides to their livestock to fatten
    them up for market.. this was very much the case in eastern Europe. When
    folks feel like they have time it's a good idea to eye potatoes before
    paring (eyes are toxic) and whiz the potato parings in a blender with some
    liquid and add that to a soup/stew, adds extra minerals. Most people don't
    like carrots with their skins, certainly not raw, the skins are bitter
    (bitterness is a good indication that a vegetable is toxic, carrot skin is
    slightly toxic), carrot skins add bitterness to a cooked dish too. Carrot
    skins per se don't contain any special nutrition that isn't contained in the
    entire carrot... if you're worried eat an extra half serving. And in long
    cooking stews/soups, and braises much of the vitamins in carrots (Vitamin A)
    is destroyed from the heat, mostly what one gets is sugar, and some fiber
    because long cooking in liquid breaks down fiber too. I don't see the point
    is scraping carrots (just as laborious as peeling, more laborious because
    scraping creates a mess to clean), makes them look unappetizing, presents an
    unappealing 'hairy' mouth feel, and increases the surface area of the
    vegetable so they will lose more nutrition more quickly to evaporation and
    seepage. Also there can be bits of sand, even small pebbles embedded in
    carrots, peeling ensures removal... no one needs extra dental bills...
    examine and scrub potatoes, any root veggies, carefully too, remove all
    bruised/cut portions. And I don't like to order baked potatoes at
    restaurants (they don't clean them properly... I usually opt for fries...
    they contain little more calories than adding butter/sour cream to baked,
    and I rarely make fries at home so they're more a treat, I can easily make
    and often do make baked at home.. it's rare I light my oven for a roast that
    I don't bake like a half dozen spuds... I enjoy cold spuds the next day,
    baked potatoes make for the best potato salad. There're two reasons and
    two reasons only for not peeling carrots, feeding live stock and lazyness.



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    brooklyn1 Guest

    Default Re: Do you need to peel carrots?

    "l, not -l" wrote:
    > "Theron" wrote:
    >
    >> More about carrots. If you're making a stew or braised dish, do you need
    >> to
    >> peel the carrots? Why can't you just scrub them thoroughly. I think
    >> there's
    >> more flavor in the skin, and most likely there's more vitamin and
    >> nutrient
    >>
    >> content near the surface.
    >> Any thoughts?
    >> Does anyone do this?
    >>
    >> Ed

    >
    > I never peel carrots, no matter how I plan to use them. Just scrub them
    > clean; why waste carrot, nutrients or effort; its not like they are
    > especially ugly or too tough.
    >

    When you have to pay like a grand to repair a broken tooth/crown from biting
    down on a tiny pebble embedded in a carrot, plus all the pain and
    inconvenience, you'll have no one to blame but your lazy assed self... you'd
    best not have guests for dinner. Foreign matter embedded in root veggies
    is a lot more common then you think... many a restaurant and major food
    companies have had to pay dental bills.




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    l, not -l Guest

    Default Re: Do you need to peel carrots?


    On 9-May-2009, "brooklyn1" <[email protected]> wrote:

    > When you have to pay like a grand to repair a broken tooth/crown from
    > biting
    > down on a tiny pebble embedded in a carrot, plus all the pain and
    > inconvenience,


    I suppose it'd be better mashing them to be absolutely safe. Or get those
    little jars of Gerber carrots. Tonights menu, the Sheldon special; pureed
    carrots & fried spam. Mmmmm, good.
    --
    Change Cujo to Juno in email address.

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    jmcquown Guest

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    "brooklyn1" <[email protected]> wrote in message
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    > "jmcquown" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    > news:[email protected]..
    >> "Theron" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    >> news:gu4ec1$u2i$[email protected]..
    >>> More about carrots. If you're making a stew or braised dish, do you
    >>> need to peel the carrots? Why can't you just scrub them thoroughly. I
    >>> think there's more flavor in the skin, and most likely there's more
    >>> vitamin and nutrient content near the surface.
    >>> Any thoughts?
    >>> Does anyone do this?
    >>>
    >>> Ed
    >>>

    >>
    >> There's no need to peel carrots any more than there is need to peel
    >> potatoes.

    >
    > That's not true... they're very different vegetables. Most people enjoy
    > eating baked potato skins, many think the crisp skins are the best part,
    > they even stuff them. Potato skin contains the majority of the
    > vegetable's minerals (minerals neither evaporate or become damaged from
    > heat), and a goodly portion of fiber, so they're nutritious in boiled
    > potatoes too... in fact years ago folks ate the potato skins rather than
    > filling up on the less nutritious starchy insides but fed the insides to
    > their livestock to fatten them up for market.. this was very much the case
    > in eastern Europe. When folks feel like they have time it's a good idea
    > to eye potatoes before paring (eyes are toxic) and whiz the potato parings
    > in a blender with some liquid and add that to a soup/stew, adds extra
    > minerals. Most people don't like carrots with their skins, certainly not
    > raw, the skins are bitter



    I suppose I should have said I really dislike carrots and don't bother
    cooking with or eating them Oh, I'll throw one or two in with a pot
    roast or beef stew, but I don't bother peeling them first. Carrots are
    entirely too sweet for my taste to just eat as a vegetable (which is the
    sugary thing you mentioned before I snipped the rest of your post). And I
    find them too fibrous even when cooked tender. Basically I don't like
    carrots, but they do add flavour to stocks, soups and stews. Then I just
    fish them out or don't eat them

    Jill


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    brooklyn1 Guest

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    "l, not -l" <[email protected]> wrote in message
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    >
    > On 9-May-2009, "brooklyn1" <[email protected]> wrote:
    >
    >> When you have to pay like a grand to repair a broken tooth/crown from
    >> biting
    >> down on a tiny pebble embedded in a carrot, plus all the pain and
    >> inconvenience,

    >
    > I suppose it'd be better mashing them to be absolutely safe. Or get those
    > little jars of Gerber carrots. Tonights menu, the Sheldon special; pureed
    > carrots & fried spam. Mmmmm, good.
    >

    You think mashing without peeling is going to remove foreign matter...
    pureeing ain't good enough... why do you think Gerber also strains. You're
    an idiot... I knew you were an idiot from your very first post here. You
    really ought to go back to lurking, you contribute nothing.



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    Omelet Guest

    Default Re: Do you need to peel carrots?

    In article <gu4ec1$u2i$[email protected]>,
    "Theron" <[email protected]> wrote:

    > More about carrots. If you're making a stew or braised dish, do you need to
    > peel the carrots? Why can't you just scrub them thoroughly. I think there's
    > more flavor in the skin, and most likely there's more vitamin and nutrient
    > content near the surface.
    > Any thoughts?
    > Does anyone do this?
    >
    > Ed


    I've never seen the point in peeling carrots... and I never do.
    If I feel the need for peeled carrots, I just buy the "baby" carrots.

    Most of the time, I just rinse them off and roast them whole or steam
    them in 1" chunks.

    Works for us!
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    It's about learning to dance in the rain.
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    Omelet Guest

    Default Re: Do you need to peel carrots?

    In article <NhjNl.26294$[email protected]>,
    "Ed Pawlowski" <[email protected]> wrote:

    > "Theron" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    > news:gu4ec1$u2i$[email protected]..
    > > More about carrots. If you're making a stew or braised dish, do you need
    > > to peel the carrots? Why can't you just scrub them thoroughly. I think
    > > there's more flavor in the skin, and most likely there's more vitamin and
    > > nutrient content near the surface.
    > > Any thoughts?
    > > Does anyone do this?
    > >
    > > Ed

    >
    > Most times, that is all that is needed. Older carrots sometimes get icky
    > looking skin though.
    >
    > I forget which is which, but cooked versus raw changes the balance between
    > more vitamin C vs. more vitamin A


    Well, if they "live" in the refrigerator for too long, of course they
    will need a bit of trimming. <g> So does ANY veggie!
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    Life isn't about waiting for the storm to pass.
    It's about learning to dance in the rain.
    -- Anon.

  20. #20
    Omelet Guest

    Default Re: Do you need to peel carrots?

    In article <[email protected]>,
    notbob <[email protected]> wrote:

    > On 2009-05-09, Theron <[email protected]> wrote:
    > > More about carrots. If you're making a stew or braised dish, do you need
    > > to
    > > peel the carrots? Why can't you just scrub them thoroughly. I think there's
    > > more flavor in the skin, and most likely there's more vitamin and nutrient
    > > content near the surface.
    > > Any thoughts?
    > > Does anyone do this?

    >
    > An interesting question, Theron. I, for one, think the skin just a tad too
    > bitter to include in dishes, so always thoroughly peel them. I can
    > understand how some folks might appreciate this slightly bitter factor, but
    > I like my carrots as sweet as I can get 'em. As for the vits/nuts, I get
    > all I need from beer.
    >
    > nb


    Bitter? I've yet to notice that...

    but I'm a statistic of one. <g>
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    Life isn't about waiting for the storm to pass.
    It's about learning to dance in the rain.
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