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Leepa Apr 17, 2011 01:27 PM

What the heck do they put on these baby carrots to make them so slimy? I'm talking about the ones that are cut and trimmed down from bigger carrots. Not the ones that are truly young carrots.

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    lynnthetwin Apr 17, 2011 02:39 PM

    I know! It's the reason I stopped buying them. They are so gross. I tried to look at the sell by date on the bag but it didn't matter. I'm back to buying organic carrots, they are tender and aren't enormous. The taste is better than the baby carrots ever were. Too bad the convenience is sacrificed.

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      jbsiegel Apr 17, 2011 05:28 PM

      I get some seriously slimy ones every once in a while. I think it's what happens when one of them is "bad." Sometimes there is water in the bag, but there is definitely a difference between damp carrots and the slimy ones. I still buy them because they are so convenient, but the sticks that I get when I cut up a bunch of carrots taste WAY better.

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        Isolda Apr 17, 2011 05:37 PM

        I think this happens when there's a small hole in the bag, and then the bag is sprayed by those awful sprinklers they have in some markets, and the water gets inside. I do buy them because my daughter really likes them, but we pick up the bag and shake it before deciding to put it in the cart. If they're wet or white and hoary (worse, in my opinion), it's a no go.

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          SherBel Apr 17, 2011 06:13 PM

          There have been issues with bacterial contamination on "baby" carrots. The rough surface...the damp environment...a good breeding ground. I don't buy them, I use a peeler and go old school.

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            Leepa Apr 17, 2011 07:37 PM

            Yep, that's what I'll be doing in the future.

            A google search tells me that the carrot folks say it's because somewhere down the supply line they were unrefrigerated for a few hours. Others say it's because of the water in the bag. Yet others say it's because they spray them with a chlorine solution after they're tumbled and shaped. Whatever it is, I think I've bought my last bag. It's back to regular carrots and the peeler for me.

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              magiesmom Apr 18, 2011 05:41 AM

              I think it is the way the universe has of telling us to stay away!

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                morwen Apr 19, 2011 05:14 PM

                "...It's Nature's way of telling you something's wrong..."

          2. IndyGirl Apr 18, 2011 05:42 AM

            I have stopped buying these for the exact same reason. Disgusting!

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              DoobieWah Apr 18, 2011 07:34 AM

              +1

              I used them for years, but would just wash them as soon as I got them home.

              I finally went back and tried a real carrot that I had to trim and peel, and I realized that in accepting the convenience, I was giving up the flavor.

              Now I just buy a bunch and trim and peel them when I get them home.

              There's really no comparison.

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                leepinleemur Apr 18, 2011 12:38 PM

                I have reached a similar conclusion!

            2. chef chicklet Apr 19, 2011 06:45 PM

              Me too, we stopped buying them, I make my own old fashioned carrot sticks. Whatever it is, I'm not wasting my money on food that goes into the trash. Too expensive, and we should always watch our pennies!

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