How can I cook carrots to make them taste sweet?

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jenmmcd March 20, 2012
It may be in my mind, but I truly believe that organic carrots are much sweeter. They just taste so much better I think, no matter how you cook them.
 
amysarah March 18, 2012
Disclaimer: these are not modern, crunchy carrots; rather, old school grandma carrots. Don't judge - mine ate them this way and lived to be 102.

Peel and slice carrots into chunks; add just enough water to cover and bring to boil; lower heat and simmer until easily pierced by a fork; add a generous knob of butter, enough brown sugar to make them sweet, though not candy-level, a good pinch of salt and a few grinds of black pepper. Cook uncovered until the remaining water evaporates and you're left with a syrup lightly coating the carrots. (Sometimes I add a few slices of fresh ginger with the butter - remove before eating - but my grandmother would have looked askance at this newfangled nonsense.)
 
foidivin March 18, 2012
Braise them in a bit of butter and honey.
 
alienor March 18, 2012
i learned many years ago that the seetest carrots are grown in california. since then i have compared them with carrots from otdher area and always the california carrot comes out sweeter. make a taste comparison for yourselves and see how true this is. i slice cleaned carrots (1/8") then add them to a saute pan that has a bit of butter melted .then i sprinkle on about 1/2 to1 tsp sugar. add a bit of water to cover the carrots place a parchmennt sheet directly over the carrots and cook till done to taste. remove the paper and slowly reduce the water . mix well and there is a great carrot side dish.
 
Mr S. March 18, 2012
Just add a little orange juice while sautéing.
 
Lyd March 17, 2012
Steam carrots drain add Brown sugar and

some amoretta liquor little butter cook 5 min yumm


 

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bigpan March 17, 2012
I cook in a frying pan with just enough water to cover and add some maple syrup. When the water has evaporated out you are left with cooked carrots with a nice sweet glaze.
 
mainecook61 March 17, 2012
They should taste sweet without any help! But in truth, many supermarket carrots have been hanging around too long and so won't be very good to begin with, thus requiring intervention. They are a cool weather crop, best in the fall when they're storing up sugars for winter storage. Some little fast-growing ones are good in spring, as well.
 
ATG117 March 18, 2012
I've often wondered (and actually once asked, but received no response) why carrots sometimes have an unpleasant carroty taste. I'm not sure how better to describe this taste, but it's not a sweet, pleasant carrot taste. Can this be because of the age you mention--them hanging at supermarket too long. I'm trying to think wheteher I've ever experienced this with carrots from the farmer's market.
 
Bevi March 17, 2012
Carrots, a cup or so of chicken stock, salt and pepper, a good knob of butter, and a couple tablespoons of sugar. Cook covered until the liquid is reduced and syrupy. Sprinkle parsley on top. Delicious!
 
SeaJambon March 17, 2012
Braising, with canned whole tomatoes. Really, really good.
 
sexyLAMBCHOPx March 17, 2012
You can also brush them lightly with honey while roasting.
 
Katiemwilson March 17, 2012
Thank you!
 
SKK March 17, 2012
Roasting carrots brings out the sweetness in them.
 
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