Ah shredded carrot. Some recipes, like carrot cake, require you to shred or grate A LOT of carrots. After going through many popular methods of making this challenging task easier, here are the two best methods to shred carrots quickly and effectively, so you can get it done and keep baking!
When you're trying to make something like these carrot cake donuts, it's not fun to reach a step that slows you down, like having to grate a bunch of carrots. This is where two easy carrot shredding methods come in handy so that you're not stuck trying to finely chop up carrots with just a knife. Both of these methods are great to learn: one will give you finely grated pieces for baked goods, and one will give you nice strips for other dishes!
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- How to grate carrots without a grater
- How to shred carrots for a cake
- How to store carrots
- Can you freeze carrots?
- Ingredients for shredding carrots
- How to shred carrots: Food processor method
- How to shred carrots: Peeler method
- 💭Pro tips for shredding carrots
- How to shred carrots FAQs
- Other recipes you may like!
How to grate carrots without a grater
If you don't have a grater, you can use the food processor method! This is the best method for getting finely grated carrots that are needed for baking things like muffins or cakes. Simply pulse peeled, sliced carrots for several seconds until you get the desired size. Processing longer will give you smaller, finer pieces of carrot.
How to shred carrots for a cake
Carrot cake requires finely grated carrot to fold into the batter nicely and achieve the right texture. I definitely recommend using the food processor method for this. The long slivers of carrot that the vegetable peeler method produces are better for something like a salad.
How to store carrots
It's usually best to use the freshly grated carrot right away, but it can be very convenient to save time and grate them ahead of time. They can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for 5-7 days, or longer in the freezer.
Keep in mind that since carrots contain beta-carotene, they can stain a white container.
Can you freeze carrots?
Yes, actually! If you want to keep your carrots for several months, store them in an airtight container in the freezer.
Ingredients for shredding carrots
- Carrots - Surprise surprise, you really only need carrots for this!
Instructions for grating the carrots are in the recipe card below.
Note about carrot types
I'm using whole, full-size carrots for this. If you decide to use baby carrots, don't worry about peeling them.
How to shred carrots: Food processor method
Step 1: Use a vegetable peeler to peel the outer layer off the carrots, and slice them into ½-inch pieces.
Step 2: Place slices into a food processor.
Step 3: Pulse for 3-5 seconds until the carrots are fully grated.
Step 4: They should be in mostly very small pieces.
How to shred carrots: Peeler method
Step 1: Use a vegetable peeler to peel the outer layer off the carrots.
Step 2: Working with half of the carrot at a time, use the peeler to shred each carrot. Shred the lower half first, then move to the upper half.
💭Pro tips for shredding carrots
1. When to use the food processor method
Use the food processor when you are baking something that calls for very small pieces of carrot. The finely grated carrots easily mix into batter and get tender much sooner when baked since they are so small.
2. When to use the vegetable peeler method
Use the peeler method when you need long, uniform shreds of carrot. This is the best method for making anything that you want to see nice shreds of carrot in, like a salad.
3. Helpful tools
Here are a few tools that will help you shred carrots:
How to shred carrots FAQs
Yes! Just put them in an airtight container (like a sealed plastic bag) and keep them in the freezer for a few months. What about grated carrots? Yep, those will be great stored the same way!
If you don't have a grater, use a food processor! Pulse peeled and sliced carrots for a few seconds until they reached the size you need.
If you're keeping them around for a week or less, keep them in the refrigerator in an airtight container (preferably not white as they can stain). Then you can just grab them whenever you need them!
I recommend using the food processor method when you need finely grated carrot for a cake recipe. This method will make them the right size to easily combine with the batter and bake well.
Other recipes you may like!
How to Shred Carrots Quickly and Easily: Two Methods
- 1 pound carrots
Food processor method:
- Use a vegetable peeler to peel the outer layer off the carrots.
- Slice carrots into ½ inch slices.
- Place slices into a food processor. Pulse for 3-5 seconds until carrots are fully grated.
Vegetable peeler method:
- Use a vegetable peeler to peel the out layer off the carrots and discard.
- Working with half of the carrot at a time, use the vegetable peeler to shred each carrot. Shred the lower half of the carrot first, then move to the upper portion of the carrot.