Want to make a grated carrot salad or a carrot cake? For the best flavor, avoid store-bought grated carrots. Instead, learn how to shred your own!
Whenever I make a recipe that calls for grated carrots – say, salad or carrot cake – I always shred mine at home. As a general rule, I tend to avoid pre-cut products, but I mostly avoid grated bagged carrots. They’re drier and more brittle than the ones I grate myself. Plus, when I shred carrots at home, I can taste their natural sweetness. Out of the bag, their flavor is not as good.
Taste aside, you could say that buying grated carrots saves time. But if it does, it doesn’t save much. This method of shredding carrots by hand is quick and easy, and it only requires one basic piece of equipment: a box grater! Try it once and you’ll never buy grated carrots at the store again.
How to shred carrots
This method of shredding carrots is super simple. All you need is a box grater and a bunch of carrots!
When I make grated carrots, I look for a bunch of carrots with tops. I cut off most of the tops, leaving about an inch attached to the carrot. That bit of green gives me more grip while I grate the carrots, so I don’t cut my fingers.
I find this useful, but if you can’t find carrots with greens attached, don’t worry! All large carrots will work here.
Wash the carrots well and use a vegetable peeler to peel the skin off. Place a box grater on a cutting board.
Using a downward motion, scrape the pointed end of the carrot along the large holes of the box grater. Be careful not to get in the way of your hands and fingers! Repeat this shredding motion until you reach the last 2 inches of each carrot. I recommend stopping there to avoid cutting your hands. That’s all!
This method will work for any amount of carrots, but I mostly use it when I’m just shredding 1-4. If I need more grated carrots, I use my food processor shredding disc to save time.
How to use grated carrots
Grated carrots are a wonderful addition to sweet and savory recipes. I toss them in salads often for added color and crunch, and they’re also delicious in these Millet and Carrot Curry Cakes. Otherwise, I love to use them in carrot cake inspired treats. Try them in one of these recipes:
How do you like to use grated carrots? Let me know in the comments!
Learn how to shred carrots for cakes, grated carrot salads and more! They have a delicious fresh taste and a crispy texture.
Place a box grater on a cutting board. Take a carrot by its thick end and pass its tip through the large holes of the grater. Continue this downward shredding motion until about 2 inches of the core remains intact. Stop here to avoid cutting your fingers on the box rasp holes.
Repeat with the remaining carrots.
* I like to use a box grater when shredding 1-4 carrots for a recipe. This method also works for larger amounts, but in these cases you may want to use the mulching blade on a food processor to save time.