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Jun 13, 2012 11:20 AM

To peel, or not to peel...

I peel carrots out of habit, but I've been noticing pictures of cooked, unpeeled carrots. Some people say that only organic carrot peels should be eaten, some say any peel is just fine. Any thoughts?

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  1. I usually peel my carrots regardless unless I'm throwing them into a pot from stock--then a handwash is enough for me.

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      1. Never peel. Just a scrub and top & tail.

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          1. re: Janet from Richmond

            +2..I only buy organic whole carrots, they are almost always under $1 per pound.

          2. I always peel full grown carrots. Baby carrots and just generally smaller carrots get topped, tailed, scrubbed and cooked skin on.

            1. I've gotten into the habit of peeling them, but I'm not sure why, except that most recipes with carrots that I've seen over the years tell me to. I think I'm gonna give that up, and just give'em a scrub with the Chore Girl. Heck with it.

              1. Cooked carrots are pretty darn ugly unpeeled. If you are serving guests, peel 'em. If nobody at home cares about it, don't bother for a family dinner.

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                1. re: jmcarthur8

                  "Cooked carrots are pretty darn ugly unpeeled"

                  They can be gorgeous IMHO!

                  1. re: twyst

                    Wow, twyst, you made those carrots a work of art! I revise my statement:

                    Cooked carrots CAN be pretty darn ugly unpeeled, unless Twyst prepares them, then they are gorgeous.