Recovering the Lost Art of the Carrot Stick

Over the past fifteen years, pre-cut baby carrots have become the main way that consumers buy this highly nutritious root vegetable. But unless there’s a good sale, my experience – both in the Midwest and West Coast – is that a pound of carrots costs at least $1.50/pound.

But, there is a better way. A way that was good enough for our moms and our grandmothers: Buying whole carrots and cutting them yourself. Who woulda thunk it?

A one-pound bag of whole carrots costs about 50 cents – about 1/3 to 1/2 the cost of baby-cut carrots. Plus, I’ve found that they taste better than baby carrots. Here’s a simple, easy way to create your own carrot sticks.

And it’s not hard.

Wash and peel your carrots. Cut off the two ends. Split the carrot in half, lengthwise.

Cut each half in half again, lengthwise. Then, chop each of those quarters into serving size pieces. I like thirds.

Pretty, easy, good, and cheap.

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  1. grandma always cut them in quarters up top, halves down below and halves lengthwise. they’d go into a crystal cut pitcher with a little water, ice cubes and celery sticks in the fridge for all day snacking. awesome

  2. AllieZirkle says:

    I rarely buy baby carrots. They’re expensive! My mom and sister gag at the thought of eating a carrot stick, but that’s how I serve them to my family. With a hubby and kiddo in braces, it’s easier for them to eat thin carrot sticks too. I feel wasteful slicing baby carrots!

  3. It’s also healthier to buy big carrots and cut them up, the little ones are technically processed and rumour has it, they have cholrine in them (which is why they turn white after a few days).
    Nice little reminder, that takes only a minute or so to cut them up, and you’ve got a healthy snack for a few days!

  4. Donna Clelments says:

    One question: where on EARTH are you getting carrots .50 a pound? Where I live, it’s over a buck, and that’s from the ‘cheapest’ available source.

  5. I hate those bags of ‘baby’ carrots, they are always wet and slimy. I ALWAYS buy regular carrots and peel them!

  6. I never buy baby carrots. I don’t like the taste or the price. We usually buy about 2 lbs every week. Half are cut up for carrots sticks, about 1/4 are grated for salads and the other 1/4 is diced for soups and other entrees. At our store you can purchase carrots in a bag or loose. The loose are usually 40 to 50 percent cheaper per pound.

    • Interesting about the price difference for loose. I don’t think I’ve noticed loose, just bundles with their tops. Are they trimmed and loose?

      • They have their tops and are simply tossed in a bin and you pick out the ones you want. I typically try to pick out some slim ones for sticks and some fat ones to grate. By the way, I shop at Kroger.

  7. When our granddaughter was 3 she told us she only likes snowman carrots, not baby carrots. That has stuck in our family and we always call regular carrots “snowman carrots”. Like Janet, I also like the loose ones, as you can pick the size you need. I pick hefty ones for beef stew and thinner ones for stir fry.


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