Here's Why Baby Carrots Are Always Wet

If you've ever bought a bag of baby carrots and a bag of big, regular-sized carrots, then you know the atmosphere inside both bags are quite different. Baby carrots are great for snacking on while larger carrots are perfect for peeling and adding to braises, soups, and stews. But there are more differences between the two types of carrots than you likely realize. In fact, they are not even the same variety of carrot according to Huffpost.

Baby carrots are sliced down into bite-sized pieces from long, thin and tender carrots that are pulled from the ground while they are still young to keep them from getting too firm. Once they go through the process of being bagged and ready to hit the produce section, they require far more moisture. That's why filtered tap water is actually added to the bag to help keep the baby carrots hydrated and moist so they will be as fresh as possible according to the Food Network.

This is what happens when they get too dry

If you really hate all that extra moisture inside the bag, you might pour it out after you've opened the bag up at home. Even with the best of intentions, like preventing the bag from leaking in your fridge, the baby carrots will suffer a bit. According to Huffpost, it's when baby carrots get dry and do not have enough moisture that they "blush" or turn a little white on the outside. That's just one more reason they're packed with water.

But you can easily remedy this by soaking the baby carrots in cold water to hydrate them again. For the best quality of baby carrots, you should keep them in the fridge and keep the little carrots exposed to water. The Food Network also recommends eating them within a month for the freshest baby carrots. So, don't waste your baby carrots because they change color or get too dry. Now you can store them well and make the most of them should they dry out a bit.