OK, so maybe the title of this post is a little deceiving. I am not growing carrots in my backyard (that is solely reserved for herbs that are doing quite nicely, thank you very much). Instead, I am trying to completely remove "convenience foods" from our lives.
Overall, we are not suckers for packaged, pre-cut and pre-washed vegetables. We pick our green beans from the bin, we don't buy vegetable medleys or fruit, such as pineapple or melons, that have already been cut up and stored in plastic containers. We also don't eat frozen dinners, but that's an entirely different post about our attempts to cook as many meals as possible at home.
But we do eat (edit -- Matt eats) a lot of baby carrots. Last month I was thinking, "Baby carrots...what are baby carrots?" They can be one of two things: 1) large carrots cut down to a small size (that then take on the name baby-cut carrots) or 2) carrots harvested when they're young (true baby carrots). (Read more about this phenomenon at Snopes.) All this time we've been buying the "baby-cut carrots," which is just another way of saying we were buying carrots that a machine had cut up for us. And we were paying for it.
So, I've started buying full-size organic carrots and peeling and cutting them up into two-inch-long pieces to mimic the baby-cut carrot concept at a fraction of the price. This also has the added benefit that, for some reason, I really love peeling carrots.
What convenience foods have you tried to cut out of your life?