7 surprising ways to use up leftover carrots

Carrots on a table

Everyone’s favourite root vegetable is more versatile than you think

1. Try a homemade face mask

Create a cleansing and revitalising homemade face mask using soft steamed carrots. Once cooled, whizz them up in a food processor with banana, lemon juice, honey and olive oil and apply to your face for a nourishing DIY beauty boost.

2. Make vegetable stamps

Step aside, spuds! Carrots are an easy alternative to potato printing. Help your kids to carve some old carrots into a variety of shapes, then use the stamps to print patterned designs on paper, cards or wrapping paper.

3. Grow a carrot plant

Weird but wonderful: carrots make great houseplants. Chop off the bottom of the carrot, leaving the leafy top and an inch of orange below it. Put the top in a saucer of water in a sunny spot and watch the green shoots grow and small cream-coloured roots form.

Pot it when the roots look sturdy, and soon the plant will produce beautiful spiky foliage with lacy white flowers.

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4. Cook carrot spaghetti

Use a spiralizer or peeler to turn a plain carrot into low-carb vegetable pasta. Create long, thin strips of carrot using your tool of choice, then gently fry or blanch the ‘spaghetti’ and serve with pasta sauce.

5. Bake vegetable crisps

Healthy vegetable crisps are easy to make. Finely slice a few carrots alongside other root vegetables such as sweet potatoes, beetroots and parsnips. Sprinkle with olive oil, roast in the oven until crunchy, then finish with a pinch of salt and pepper.

Baked root vegetable crisps

6. Create a calming aftersun spray

Juice a couple of carrots and mix with two parts rosewater. Pour the mixture into a spray bottle and you’ve got a calming spray to instantly soothe itchy or uncomfortable skin after a day in the sun.

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7. Energising carrot and orange juice

Get two of your five-a-day in one go with this energising drink. Juice two apples, two carrots and a small piece of ginger, then mix with orange juice. Voila: a perfect morning pick-me-up that’s packed with nutrients.

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