Upon reading my last blog post, a good friend responded in email saying "YO! Day three shouldn’t be that hard …. It’s a carrot! Pull out that orange crayon and have at it." And she's right, about one thing. My favorite food of late is carrots. I can't seem to get enough of them, eating them by the bagful and at one point even consuming to the point that my skin began to turn a certain shade of orange.
Don't be fooled by impostors, "baby carrots" are not the same as "mini carrots." Even though they are similar in shape and color. The flavor and the texture is significantly different. And here's why:
Mini carrots are grown to be mini, often picked before they are fully matured to capture the concentrated flavor and sweetness. Baby carrots, however, are created from unsaleable mature carrots. Carrot growers use machinery to cut down carrots that are knotty, twisted, and unsaleable. The process was created in the late '80s by a farmer who wanted to be able to make the most of his full carrot crop, knowing that even though they were unsaleable as whole carrots, the deformed carrots were just as edible. And so while Baby carrots are equally delicious as full grown carrots, they also have a tendency for woody centers which in my opinion makes them less edible.
I prefer the organic variety because, like most of our fruits and vegetables, they are washed with a USDA approved blend of organic cleaners versus bleach, to clean them of bacteria and pesticides. Granted the amount of bleach used to wash non-organic carrots is less than that in our tap water, but it still tends to wash away the carrot flavor.
How can you be sure you are getting mini carrots? Its tricky, because some baby carrots are actually mini carrots. And while most true baby carrot labels will read "peeled and cut," some don't. So the best way to check is to look at the carrots. If you can see the shoulder and the scar from the heads being lopped off, then you've got mini carrots. No shoulder and scars? Baby carrots.
Wednesday, June 15, 2011
Well, welcome to Day 315, otherwise known as Day 2.
|30 Day Drawing Challenge Day 2: Fav Animal|
And so there you have it, Day 2/315 of the 30 Day Drawing Challenge complete. I can't say for sure when Day 3, 4, and so on will roll out. As I shared in my last blog, this summer has brought me some unexpected changes/challenges and I'm slowly but surely embracing them. Challenging myself to read 53 books in 11 weeks, continue the drawing challenge, work 3 part-time jobs and still allow life to happen as it will. I'm committed to these challenges, taking them day by day and seeing what they and life will bring me tomorrow.