Canning Carrotscanning carrots

Canning carrots ready to add to a stew or soup, is a great idea. Or just heat, add some butter and sprinkle on a bit of cinnamon.

Use a crinkle cutter for a fun look to your jars.

You will need to know how to use a pressure canner. This pressure canning page has more detailed information and step by step instructions.


Gather your canning suppliescanning carrots


  • Carrots
  • Canning Salt - optional


Wash carrots remove tops. Peel carrots if desired. I just scrub them very good.

I must warn here that all official directions I find say to peel carrots. None of them mention just scrubbing without peeling. (official meaning from state extension services) I can not find a safety reason listed. I suspect that it is because it is a root crop. The bacteria that can cause botulism can be found in the soil so it may be a higher risk of botulism. You'll need to make your own decision as to peeling or not. The same goes with potatoes. I do peel my potatoes.

jars of canned carrotsCut carrots to desired size. Carrots can be cut into lengths with small carrots left whole, or they may be cut cross ways.

My suggestion is to not cut them too small. Carrots are cooked well in the pressure canner and they will get mushy if they are too small.
Using a crinkle cutter makes your jars look very professional. Just for fun.

canning carrots

Here you all can have a little chuckle at the carrots I grow in my garden. We live where the soil is hard clay... not too conducive to picture perfect root crops.

But when I am growing carrots that are bred to be shorter and fatter, like the Danvers Half Long, I do get a crop... granted they are not too beautiful. In fact some of them are rather mutant looking.

Carrots can be raw packed or hot packed.

I prefer canning carrots raw pack. I simply pack raw carrots tightly into hot jars leaving 1 inch head space.canning carrots

For a hot pack simmer carrots gently for 5 minutes then pack hot into hot jars leaving 1 inch head space.

Add salt if desired. 1/2 tsp per pint, and 1 tsp per quart.

Add boiling water to jars covering carrots and leaving 1 inch head space.

canning carrots wipe rims

Wipe the rims clean with a paper towel or lint free cloth. Remove any air bubbles and place your lids.

For more details follow pressure canning instructions.


pints - process for 25 minutes
quarts - process for 30 minutes

Be sure to adjust processing according to your altitude. For more information see this altitude adjustments page.

Adjustments for Pressure Canner
Altitude in Feet Dial Gauge Canner Weighted Gauge Canner
0-1000 10 10
1001-2000 11 15
2001-4000 12 15
4001-6000 13 15
6001-8000 14 15
8000-10,000 15 15

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