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Cocktail Carrots? Are they good for you?

Discussion in 'Egg, Chicken, & Other Favorite Recipes' started by Acre of Blessings, Oct 20, 2008.

  1. Acre of Blessings

    Acre of Blessings Canning/Sewing Addict

    Apr 3, 2008
    Axton, VA
    Got this in an e-mail today and I thought I might pass it on. It's about those baby carrots a lot of us buy for convenience. I always wondered what that white stuff was on them little things. Now I know.

    ---------- Forwarded Message ----------

    following is information from a farmer who grows
    and packages carrots for IGA, METRO, LOBLAWS,

    The small cocktail (baby) carrots you buy in small
    plastic bags are
    using the larger crooked or
    deformed carrots which are put through a
    machine which cuts and shapes them into cocktail
    Most people probably know this

    you may not know and should know is the following: once the
    are cut and shaped into
    cocktail carrots they are dipped in a solution
    of water and chlorine in order to preserve
    0 them (this is the same
    used your pool) since they do not have their skin or
    protective covering, they give the m a
    higher dose of chlorine.
    You will
    notice that once you keep these carrots in your
    for a few days,
    a white covering will form on the carrots, this is
    chlorine which
    resurfaces. At what cost do we put our health at risk to
    have esthetically pleasing vegetables which are
    practically plastic?

    We do
    hope that this information can be passed on to as many people
    possible in the hopes of
    informing them where these carrots come from
    and how they are processed. Chlorine is
    a very well known carcinogen.
    Please let us make this in formation available to
    as many people as
    you care about your family and friends, pass it

  2. Rosalind

    Rosalind Songster

    Mar 25, 2007
    It's not chlorine. It's just the carrot drying up a bit. When they dry out they lose color on the surface if they haven't got any peel to hold it in.

    My carrots from the garden do the same thing when I pre-cut them for bag lunches. I don't dip them in the swimming pool, and we filter our water.

    Furry and/or slimy carrots, those you have to watch out for.
  3. moodusnewchick

    moodusnewchick Songster

    Feb 15, 2008
    Last edited: Oct 20, 2008
  4. Msbear

    Msbear Fancy Banties

    May 8, 2008
    Sharpsburg, MD.
    We are exposed to so many toxins throughout our day here on this polluted world that I try to shield my family from as much of it as possible. The chlorine may be "harmless" but I think no chlorine is ALWAYS better:)

    Besides, you are paying for all that dipping and clipping and packaging. I buy 5lb. bags of organic carrots and it's soooo much cheaper than the baby ones. It saves to buy in bulk as well and carrots last for eons in my crisper [​IMG]
  5. tvtaber

    tvtaber Songster

    Aug 2, 2007
    Central CA
    I always thought those tasted funny... glad I grow my own.
  6. silkiechicken

    silkiechicken Staff PhD Premium Member

    Yeah, they just dry out. But on chlorine. That's a good part of what they put into city water to keep it clean. Once, a sewer line was accidentally put into the water line and people only found out because white stuff built up in their ice machines... that was TP. Nobody got sick because the chlorine killed off the bacteria... Yuck! I usually boil water to drink but that habit was picked up from my mom who grew up in china and nobody drinks from the tap...

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