You can make much more than salad with grated carrots. Cutting the vegetable for certain recipes takes a little practice, but it's not difficult at all. You can do it all by hand, with a food processor or even follow the Julienne style. Read the tips below and worry no more!
Method 1 of 3: Using a Grater
Step 1. Decide how many carrots you are going to grate
The amount of carrots depends on how much of the vegetable the recipe asks for. Anyway, you can grate more if that's the case. Think of the following terms:
- One large carrot equals 1 cup of grated carrot.
- A pound of carrots equals 2½ cups of grated carrots.
Step 2. Wash the carrots
Place the carrots under running tap water and rub them with your hands to get rid of dirt, chemicals or germs from them.
Use large carrots. It's a lot harder to grate baby carrots - and there's a risk that you might accidentally cut yourself
Step 3. Peel the carrots
Place the washed carrots on the kitchen board and cut off the top and bottom ends (approximately 6 mm to 1.3 cm on each side). Then use the peeler to remove the rest.
If you don't have a peeler, use a regular knife. Just be careful not to get too much out of the carrot
Step 4. Pick up the grater
There are two main types of graters: single-sided and multi-sided. Chances are, you already have one at home. If not, buy it at a department store.
- One-sided grater: it is a kind of board with holes on one side and a handle. This version of the accessory is simpler.
- Multi-sided grater: it can have three or four sides and a handle on top. Each side has different shaped holes for you to grate the carrot however you like.
Step 5. Put the grater on the counter
Use the grater on a clean kitchen surface, such as a counter or island. Also, put it on the kitchen board or on top of the bowl where you are going to prepare the salad.
Step 6. Grate the carrots
After placing the grater on the counter, take a carrot and place its base against the face of the accessory. Run it from top to bottom with a little force, and when you reach the end, go back to the beginning and repeat the process.
- Be careful not to cut your fingers when you reach the end of the carrot. Grater blades are sharp and dangerous. If necessary, finish cutting the vegetable with a knife so as not to waste it.
- Be careful not to push the carrot too hard, or it may break in half.
Method 2 of 3: Using a Food Processor
Step 1. Read the recipe and see what you need
If the recipe tells you how many carrots you have to grate, great! If it doesn't, make an estimate from your experience.
Remember that a pound of carrots equals roughly 2½ cups of grated carrots and a large carrot equals 1 cup
Step 2. Peel the carrots
Wash the carrots on tap and cut the top and base to 6mm to 1.3cm. Then pass the peeler on the sides of the vegetable peel.
- Run your hands over the carrots as you wash them to get rid of excess dirt, germs and chemicals.
- If you don't have a peeler, use a regular knife. Just be careful not to end up taking out the healthy part of the vegetable.
Step 3. Cut the carrots
Cut the peeled carrots into 7-inch pieces so they go smoothly into the food processor.
You can also put whole baby carrots in the food processor. They are the ideal size for the equipment tube
Step 4. Install the blade into the food processor
Every large processor has a blade, which may or may not be removable. It is a large metal disc and has saws on one side. Install before proceeding.
The blade sits right on top of the processor bowl. That way, the carrot (or the other vegetable) falls right into it after grating
Step 5. Install the tube into the food processor
After installing the blade, it is time to place the tube into the processor. Fit it in well, but remember to take the cylinder out of it.
You're going to stuff the carrots into the mouth of this tube
Step 6. Grate the carrots
After installing the blade and tube, turn on the processor and thread the first piece of carrot into the equipment. Use the cylinder to push the vegetable down until it is grated. Repeat this process with the rest.
- Don't push the carrots with your fingers, or you could have a serious accident. Only use the processor cylinder.
- After grating the carrots, turn off the processor and wait for the blade to stop moving. Then remove the lid and the blade itself to gain access to the vegetable.
- You can also use a small food processor to grate the carrots. Install blade and bowl and pass vegetables through tube. Continue until you reach the required result for the recipe.
Method 3 of 3: Cutting Julienne Carrots
Step 1. Decide how many carrots you are going to use
Read the recipe and see if it counts how many carrots you have to cut Julienne. If there is no specific amount, decide according to your experience. Generally speaking, a large carrot is equivalent to 1 cup of grated carrots.
Step 2. Peel the carrots
Wash the carrots under running tap water and cut the top and bottom into 6mm to 1.3cm. Then pass the peeler on them.
If you don't have a peeler, use a regular knife. Just be careful not to take out the healthy part of the vegetable
Step 3. Cut the carrots into cubes
Use a sharp knife to cut the carrots into 4- to 2-inch pieces. That way, it's easier to cut Julienne later. Then make another cut on one side of the vegetable so it doesn't roll across the counter.
Don't throw that little piece you just cut away. It will still come in handy in the recipe
Step 4. Chop the carrots into thick slices
Use a sharp knife to chop the carrot pieces lengthwise 1, 5 to 4 mm, depending on the size you want to give the vegetable.
The cuts don't have to be that precise, but it's nice that they all have a pretty close size
Step 5. Cut the Julienne carrots
Make a pile of the carrot pieces and use a sharp knife to cut them into chopsticks. They all have to be about the same thickness.
- Keep cutting until finished.
- Don't be in a hurry to make the cut. Also, move your finger away from the knife blade - even if it gets a little harder to hit. Be careful not to accidentally cut yourself.
- You can also use a glove or other metal accessory to protect your fingers and prevent accidents.