Sunday, October 31, 2010

Trick or Treat? Horror in the Target Aisle

A woman tried to save my life today in the Target checkout line! There I was, minding my own business about to buy this scary menace:



. . . and the woman behind me threw all caution to the wind, and tackled me, throwing me to the floor, and begging me, "Don't do it! You're too young to die!"

Or something like that. . . .

Actually, more like this: She told me that she'd just read that baby carrots are really not sweet, little, innocent, healthy carrots, but these "babies" are really nasty deformed carrots, rescued from the garbage heap, and disquised as cutie to lure you to your death. They're soaked in chlorine, and if you leave them in the refrigerator for a few days, they'll develop a "white bloom" on them as the chlorine surfaces, unmasking their dastardly plot to send you to an early grave.

Needless to say, I left them in the store and fled for my life!

Well, at home, I have a few left in the refrigerator, dragged them out to photograph for you to warn my cherished blog reader friends, and then decided to check out the details with snopes.com.

Well. . . . . . .

. . . . like many things on the internet, the Lurking Dangerous is not always to0 factual.

Go ahead and eat your baby carrots! It turns out that they are now carrots that have been specially bred to contain more sugar, and are cut down to make them little. They ARE soaked in chlorine, and then rinsed, but this is apparently a pretty standard antimicrobial processing of food. The "white bloom" is just the result of the additional cut surface. Snopes states that if you bring a carrot in from the yard, cut it so that it has more cut surfaces and put it in the refrigerator, you'll get the same outcome.

Hmmmmm. . . . . so these baby carrots are looking more "treat" than "trick" to me now, and I say, go ahead and eat them! Here's the snopes link if you're interested.

By the way, I'm so happy that I now have internet again and can post again! I was going through blogging withdrawal there for a few days!

9 comments:

Cathi Green said...

HA! Let them eat carrots!!! I'm glad they're safe, I'm a big fan of them : ) Happy Halloween!

Chell said...

Phew I would be in big trouble. I love my baby carrots!!

pat said...

Personally, I feel most veggies could be dangerous to your health! This has certainly taken the luster off baby carrots for me.

Jill/Twipply Skwood said...

More food fears to feed my already compulsion heavy diet! I'm not crazy about anything soaked in chlorine, but then again my husband doesn't really believe in baby carrots anyway, so I don't have to worry about it. ;-) :-) :-) Glad that stranger was looking out for you at least!!!!!

Suzy said...

That is some good info! I wondered about baby carrots. I also wonder how they get grapes so huge? Seriously must be grape steroids because the ones in my yard are very much smaller :). Thanks for the info and glad your posting again, I love reading your blogs!

Reds said...

Not crazy about baby carrots - find them cute - but rather eat the real kind! ;)

Nicki said...

Oh boy, I'm glad to hear they are not garden rejects because I send baby carrots with the kids for lunch each day. One veg that withstands sitting around in a baggie. I'm going to soak them a bit longer now that I know this info.

Glad you have internet back - we do not do well in this house without internet. and you might want to look away when we are without electricity, it gets bad - very bad!

Maria said...

I don't buy those little guys very often. Usually I get them as part of vegetable platters for parties, so I'm not too worried about the potential hazards.

I'm glad you have access to the web again! When I didn't see any new posts from you I thought you were just buried with your kitchen remodeling! :-)

Barb said...

I am happy that the baby carrots are OK to eat. I never noticed any white flowers. We probably don't have them around long enough. They are just the right size to put in soup.