In my post on making chicken broth in a slow cooker, I demonstrated how I peel carrots right over the slow cooker if I don’t have scraps.
A reader posted the following question:
I was somewhat taken aback about the carrot peelings – seems like they are so hard to get clean since they sit in the dirt – do you feel like you're eating a little bit of dirt when you do that?
I responded in the comment section, but thought I would share how I clean carrots here as well. A few days ago I pull up some parsnips and since the method is the same, I snapped a picture.
When I bring carrots or parsnips in from the garden, I put them in a bowl of water. This does two things; it keeps the greens (both carrot and parsnip leaves are edible) from wilting until I can clean and store them and it loosens the dirt on the root.
Then I take a nail brush and scrub the roots:
The nail brush removes enough dirt that I feel comfortable using the peelings. And in case you are wondering, parsnip peelings make a lovely addition to broth.
How do you wash your root vegetables?